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TEC Programs & Events
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop | January 6-12, 2019

Interested in meeting Silicon Valley's biggest players in entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital over winter break? Spend a week visiting startups, and leading tech companies while networking with prominent, entrepreneurial alumni. Learn more, to be one of the select 25 students chosen for this popular workshop. Deadline Extended!  Applications close Oct. 7, 2018, so don't wait! Apply today 

SocialFuse & Cozad Kickoff | Nov 6, 2018 | 5-7 pm

Want to learn about our signature program, Cozad New Venture Challenge? Looking for startup teammates? Don’t miss SocialFuse, a recurring pitching, and networking event for you. Come to pitch your ideas, find teammates to scale your startup, and learn how to accelerate your idea with funding, mentoring and more by participating in Cozad. Make your idea a reality at SocialFuse! Food providedVenue: BIF Commons (515 E. Gregory Dr.). Learn more.

RSVP required to pitch & requested for 

Before or after the event you can tell us about your Skills or your Startup and find a potential Match through our online form.

International Students, Visas & Starting a Company | Oct 10, 2018 | 3-5 pm

Can I start a business in the U.S.? I am a student entrepreneur and require immigration sponsorship, what are my options? What about visa classifications? Get all your questions answered by an immigration attorney. A representative from the International Student Scholar Services office will also be present. Submit your own questions when you 301 CSL

ThinkChicago Roadshow | October 25, 2018 | 4-8 pm

Join us to learn about Chicago's Innovation System and connect with technology companies. The 4-hour roadshow includes student project demos (4 pm), a panel discussion featuring Chicago business leaders (5 pm), and networking session with representatives from leading Chicago technology companies (6 pm). You may attend any or all portions of this event. Venue: Siebel Center for Computer Science. RSVP on Handshake:

TEC's Student Advisory Board 

Interested in joining TEC's student advisory board? The board meets for 1 hour each month. For more information, email Kyra Lavalais:

Innovation Certificate

The certificate consists of a set of courses that have been designed to encourage students to become more innovative, and to generate ideas that have the potential to be breakthrough new products. These courses can be integrated into the typical student's curriculum. Questions? Contact Terry Cole at Learn more

Certificate Requirements
Attend 2 innovative extracurricular events such as Cozad New Venture Challenge, SocialFuse and complete the following courses:
-TE 230: Design Thinking/Need-Finding 
-TE 333: Creativity, Innovation, Vision
-TE 250: High Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise
-TE 401: Developing Breakthrough Projects

Other Programs & Events
54 Startup Weekend: Antifragile | Oct 5-7, 2018

54 is Founders' annual startup 3-day event that aims to bring together students with ideas to transform them into entrepreneurs over the course of a weekend. No experience required. Just bring yourself, some friends, and good ideas. Food and drinks will be provided. Learn more.

U.Pitch, Future Founders | Nov 15, 2018

Join Future Founders in Chicago for the 5th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. During the event, top students from universities all over the country will compete in the ultimate elevator pitch competition for incredible exposure, connections, and a $10,000 cash prize pool!. Applications are due on October 17, 2018. Learn more.

Heartland Maker Fest | October 13, 2018

Makerspace Urbana is hosting its 5th annual Heartland Maker Fest, a family-friendly celebration. Participate and showcase your crafts, gadgets, rockets, robots, educational installations, alternative energy, art, performances, or anything else you do or make. Learn more.

Get Hired
LifeFoundry Hiring Engineers & Scientists

LifeFoundry, a Research Park Biotechnology startup is seeking full-time and part-time talent in a variety of tech and biotech areas. Interested candidates from all backgrounds can apply to software, hardware, robotics, mechanical and bioengineering positions here. For more information email;

TouchLight Innovations Hiring Senior Engineers

TouchLight Innovation, a power generation solutions company has 3 engineering positions; Mechatronics Engineer, Power Electronics Engineer, and Communications/IoT Engineer. All positions are contractor and month-to-month. The company is based in Brooklyn, NY, however, being local is not necessary. Jobs may be part-time and remote depending on the individual. Learn more.

StackEnd Solutions Hiring Developers

StackEnd Solutions, a student-run company on campus, building web platforms for startups and small business, is looking for talented full stack developers to work with the following technologies and fields: HTML/CSS/Bootstrap/JQuery React Node.js Python + Flask Web security. For more information email;


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