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TEC Programs & Events
Entrepreneurship Advising | Fridays in Nov. (except Nov. 23) | 10am-12pm

Have an idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Come to Entrepreneurship Office Hours with TEC! Bring your ideas–we’ll help you figure out your next steps, and guide you through campus and community resources. Venue: Espresso Royale in Grainger Engineering Library

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

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.

Illinois I-Corps Cohort Begins Nov. 14, 2018

Do you want $2,000 to increase the impact of your customer discovery research? Do you have an interesting research idea and want to explore commercializing it? The next cohort for Illinois I-Corps Introduction to Customer Discovery program is forming up now and will begin Nov. 14, 2018. The Illinois I-Corps Site offers 4 cohorts a year (2 per semester) on a rolling submission application cycle. Contact Howard Gerwin at howar@illinois.eduLearn more 

Cozad Info Session with Women in Engineering | Nov. 27, 2018 | 12-1pm

Have a startup idea? Want to launch a company? Take the Cozad New Venture Challenge to accelerate your idea with funding, mentoring and more. Attend this information session to learn about the Cozad New Venture Challenge and hear from other women who have participated in the program. Lunch will be served. Venue: 2405 Siebel Center. RSVP requested but not required:

Ideation Workshop | Nov. 28, 2018

Work with teams at the Ideation Workshop to ideate around real-world, customer-centric scenarios to develop practical and impactful solutions through this collaboration with the Siebel Center for Design. More details coming soon, check the TEC website. We will keep you posted!

Cozad New Venture Challenge | Intent to Compete Deadline Jan. 22, 2019

Have a startup idea? Want to launch a company? Take the Cozad New Venture Challenge to accelerate your idea with funding, mentoring, and more. In its 20th year, Cozad has seen 1200+ teams, 2000+ students, and awarded over $1.7 million in cash and in-kind prizes to participating teams! Intent to Compete Deadline is Jan. 22! Learn more

ILEE Applications are Open

We are now accepting applications for the Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) dual degree program. The BS degree in ILEE is intended for engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide engineering solutions. At this time, the BS degree in ILEE is only available as a dual degree for COE students, but individual courses and certificates are available to students from any college. Contact Terry Cole at with questions. Learn more 

Consider this course for Spring 2019

TE 398: Hip Hop Entrepreneurship Learn more

Other Programs & Events
EIR Workshop With Alan Singleton: Navigating the Immigration Process in Tech | Nov. 6, 2018 | 12-1pm | EnterpriseWorks

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the key requirements and considerations for commonly used immigration categories in the tech sector. Coverage will include working under F-1, CPT, OPT, STEM OPT extension, H-1B, employment-based permanent residence categories, and the TN. Lunch will be available, first come first served. Learn more

Forge: Startup Weekend | Nov. 10-11, 2018 | TechNexus Space, Chicago

Forge is a startup weekend focused on connecting the Midwest’s most innovative student entrepreneurs. Students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, Northwestern, University of Michigan, and other schools will come together to network and engage in disruptive dialogue with Chicago’s top entrepreneurs. For more information email Learn more

Big Data Summit | Nov. 8, 2018 | I-Hotel and Conference Center

The University of Illinois Research Park's sixth annual Big Data Summit offers participants an opportunity to learn and share knowledge about the key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. Learn more

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop | Nov. 13, 2018 | 3-5pm | Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC

Thinking about starting a business? This workshop helps entrepreneurs understand the steps and requirements of starting or growing a small business in Illinois. Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP to or 217-378-8535. Learn more

EntreCORPS Seeking Consultants and Clients

EntreCORPS is a student organization that provides management consulting services to startups. It provides pro-bono services to young ventures and growing companies. EntreCORPS teams work closely with clientele to understand problems and formulate solutions that will best fit the business needs. To become a consultant, apply here. If you’re interested in being a client for next semester, apply here. Learn more 

Get Hired
Zenblen Hiring Technical Lead

Zenblen combines technology with nutritionist curated recipes to bring healthy, convenient smoothies anywhere. The company is developing a network of fully- automated smoothie kiosks to dispense and blend ingredients right in front of the consumer, fresh to order. Zenblen is looking for a technical lead to spearhead the design and prototype of the automated kiosk. The candidate will need a background in mechanical engineering, design engineering, or mechatronics, with a preference for experience with DFM process and designing for NSF sanitation standards. For more information contact Tom Xinyuan Zhang at or 269-615-0202. Learn more

EnterpriseWorks Hiring Communication & Social Media Intern

EnterpriseWorks, an incubator at the Research Park that focuses on science and research-based startup companies commercializing technology from the University of Illinois is looking for Communications and Social Media Intern. This position will begin at the start of the Fall semester at a minimum of 10 hours per week. Learn more. For questions please email Jenny Kim at and Emily Orden at

Trala Hiring iOS Engineer

Winner of the Cozad New Venture Challenge 2017, Trala, a violin learning app (Juilliard approved lessons) that teaches anyone how to play the violin, is looking for an iOS Engineer with 1+ years of iOS development (Swift) experience, strong CS proficiency, energy to iterate 2x/day every day, and more. To apply, send a resume and a link to something you're proud of to Learn more 


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