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

Looking for startup teammates? Or, just want to know how the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Illinois can work for you? 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

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 Application Due 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 $2 million in cash and in-kind prizes to participating teams! Students won over $250K in funding and in-kind prizes last year. Application Deadline is Jan. 22, 2019! Apply Now!

Illinois Innovation Prize Nominations Due Jan. 25, 2019

The Illinois Innovation Prize (IIP) for $20,000 is awarded annually to an innovative student working towards solving global and societal challenges with the potential for a significant positive impact on the world. Since 2007, $300,000 has been awarded to student innovators. 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. Nomination deadline is Jan. 25, 2019. Nominate Now!

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.

Intellectual Property (IP) Clinic Kickoff | Jan. 31, 2019 | 11am-12:30 pm | B02 CSL

The Intellectual Property Clinic is a joint effort between the TEC and the University of Illinois College of Law (COL). Selected participants from the Cozad New Venture Challenge, iVenture Accelerator, and the Illinois Innovation Prize entrants can have a patent application drafted for free, if their invention description includes a novel and potentially patentable device, system or method. Lunch providedLearn moreRSVP.

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
Founders-Startup Career Fair | Feb. 8, 2019 | 1pm - 6pm | Illini Union Ballrooms

Founders, the student entrepreneurship organization is hosting a Startup Career Fair on February 8, 2019. The career fair is open to all majors. This year, the students will get to meet startups like Personify, Cast21, Mesh++, Tovala, Imprentus among many others. Food provided. Learn more

Illinois Enactus Spring '19 Info Night | Jan. 22, 2019 | 7pm - 8pm | Wohlers Hall, Room 141

Illinois Enactus is an organization committed to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. It ranks Top 12 in the nation among hundreds of Enactus teams. The organization accepts students of all majors and is looking for individuals who are committed to creating sustainable change. Attend the information night to learn about the recruitment process. Illinois Enactus accepts new members into project associate and project fellow positions. For more information email huiyiyk2@illinois.eduLearn more

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop | Feb. 20, 2019 | 10am - 12pm | Champaign Public Library

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. For more information call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.orgLearn more

AgTech Innovation Summit Registration Open | Mar. 6, 2019 | 8am - 4pm | I-Hotel

The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering, and technology intersect and is on its way to becoming a hub of agricultural entrepreneurship and activity. This year’s 2019 AgTech Summit will include panels and discussions about the landscape of AgTech investment, the future of digital agriculture featuring collaborations between startups and large corporations and much more. Register Now! 

Get Hired
EnterpriseWorks Hiring Urban Planning Intern

EnterpriseWorks, an incubator at the Research Park is hiring an Urban Planning Intern. This internship will begin during the Spring 2019 semester or sooner for training purposes at a minimum of 10 hours per week, with the potential to continue full-time during the Summer 2019 semester. You will work on the near-term implementation of the vision laid out by the recently updated Research Park Master Plan. Direct questions to Jenny Kim at and Emily Orden at Learn more.

TEC Hiring Photo & Video Interns

The Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) provides students and faculty with the skills, resources, and experiences necessary to become successful innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. TEC is hiring a video intern for the Spring '19 semester (could be extended),  and a photography intern for Fall '19/Spring '20 semester. These are paid internships and pay rate is commensurate with experience. Starting date is to be determined.  To ensure full consideration, please email a cover letter, resume and two photo/video samples to Catharine Ingram at by Monday, February 11, 2019. 

Serionix Hiring Research Intern

Cozad New Venture Challenge 2012 winner, Serionix, headquartered in Champaign, creates high-performance air filters. The company is hiring a Research Intern for Spring 2019. This position will require approximately 10-40 hours per week during the Spring semester. Candidates will be responsible for executing research and development projects. To apply, please send résumé and transcript to wzheng@serionix.comLearn more.

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