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TEC Programs & Events
Illinois Innovation Prize Nominations Open This Week!

The Illinois Innovation Prize (IIP) is awarded annually to an innovative student working towards solving global and societal challenges to improve the world. Since 2007, $300,000 has been awarded to student innovators, and this year the student will have the opportunity to win $20,000. Students must be nominated by a faculty member, mentor, advisor and so forth. Students may not nominate other students. Students must be on-campus during the 2018-19 academic year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more.

Inspiration Workshop | Dec. 5, 2018 | 4-7pm | SDRP Room 2025A (Scott Multipurpose room)

It's exam night and you've heard eating healthy will help you be more focused. . .but it's BBQ night at the dining hall. Come explore what influences the choices students make regarding food, and learn human-centered design skills that you can apply to your own ventures! This workshop will be led by Rachel Switzky, Director, Siebel Center for Design. Food will be served. Registration required by Dec. 4! Register here. 

SocialFuse | Jan. 16, 2019 | 5-7pm | Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Lobby)

Looking for startup teammates? Or, just want to know what TEC is all about? Don’t miss SocialFuse, a recurring pitching, and networking event for you. Come to pitch your ideas, find teammates to scale your startup, or just sit back and check things out. Make your idea a reality at SocialFuse! Food providedLearn more. RSVP required to pitch & requested for attendees. RSVP here

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

Cozad New Venture Challenge | Intent to Compete Deadline is 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! Students won over $250K in funding and in-kind prizes last year. Intent to Compete Deadline is Jan. 22, 2019! Learn more.

Illinois I-Corps Cohort Applications Open Jan. 23, 2019

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 application process for the next cohort for Illinois I-Corps Introduction to Customer Discovery program will begin on Jan. 23, 2018. The Illinois I-Corps Site offers 4 cohorts a year (2 per semester) on a rolling submission application cycle. Contact Howard Gerwin at 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
Map the Gap Challenge | Dec. 5, 2018 | 4-6pm | BIF Commons

Tackling social and environmental problems is challenging. At the Map the Gap Challenge, participants will learn about nine social issues pitched by teams in SOCW321: Social Entrepreneurship & Social Change and will have opportunities to network with others interested in pursuing social ventures. Free Food and giveaways! For more information email Valeri Werpetinski at

Market Research: Understand Your Industry | Dec. 6, 2018 | 4-5pm | Champaign Public Library

Learn about the trends, opportunities, and threats in your industry. In this workshop, you will learn how to find authoritative industry reports including statistics, trends, market share information, and key business ratios. Registration is recommended. Learn more.

14th Annual Innovation Celebration Nominations Due By Dec. 7, 2018

The 14th Annual Innovation Celebration seeks nominations for its award program. Please nominate for the Entrepreneurial Excellence: Student Startup. Other award categories include Entrepreneurial Excellence: Advocacy, Innovation Transfer Award and Alexis Wernsing Innovation Award by the University of Illinois. Learn more about other award categories and nominate deserving entrepreneurs. Nominations are due, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. 

Student Startup Madness Applications Due By Dec. 9, 2018

Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament-style competition culminating with national finals at South by SouthWest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas on March. 12, 2018. It is open to all college student digital media startups from any college/university in the United States. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, December 9, 2018. Learn more.

Cube Seeks Clients for Consulting Services

Champaign-Urbana Business and Engineering Consulting (CUBE) Consulting, a student-run non-profit organization is currently seeking companies for its consulting services for the Spring 2019 semester. CUBE provides engineering and business services, ranging from marketing strategy to prototype development. There is no cost associated with working with CUBE consultants. For more information email at cubeuiuc@gmail.comLearn 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, systems engineering, or mechatronics, with a preference for experience in robotics, and DFM process. For more information contact Tom Xinyuan Zhang at or 269-615-0202. Learn more.

Printavo Hiring Software Engineer

Printavo is a cloud-based project management software to help shops with the core aspects of their business like workflow management, approvals, scheduling, payments, and accounting. The Chicago-based company is looking for a full stack engineer to join the team. A Bachelor’s degree or higher is a pre-requisite. Skills needed include Software Engineering, Ruby, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails, ElasticSearch, and more. For more information, email at or learn more.

Serionix Hiring Web Developer Intern

Cozad New Venture Challenge 2012 winner, Serionix, headquartered in Champaign, creates high-performance air filters. The company has an opening for a Web Developer Intern in Champaign, Il. This position will require approximately 10-40 hours per week during the Fall and/or Spring semester. Candidates will be responsible for managing the front-end and/or back-end website changes. To apply, please send résumé and transcript to Xinyu's at Learn more.

YouMatter Studios Hiring for Multiple Roles

A student-led startup, YouMatter Studios is hiring for multiple roles to help with the formation of the company. YouMatter Studios is part of the iVenture Accelerator. The startup is looking for a Business Strategist, a Social Media Marketer, and a Web Manager. Click this link: to learn more. Questions? Email youmatterstudios@gmail.comLearn more.


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