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TEC Programs & Events
Entrepreneurship Advising | Fridays in Feb. | 10am-12pm | Grainger Engineering Library, Espresso Royale  

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. 

Amazon Alexa Skills Workshop | Feb. 21 | 4-5:30pm | 2310 Everitt Lab

Interested in learning how to create an Alexa skill? Attend Amazon Alexa skills workshop to learn how to create a simple Alexa skill and launch it on a device. We will build the skill together using Alexa online resources. Make sure to bring a laptop. One lucky attendee will be randomly chosen to win an Amazon Echo Dot at the end of the workshop!

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Innovation Expo | Feb. 26 | 4-6pm | Siebel Center Atrium

Join us to find out where you can design, tinker, make, and innovate on campus and throughout the community. TEC, Innovation LLC, and Founders are teaming up to showcase organizations, programs, and other resources available to students with ideas! Representatives of our local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be there to help you make your ideas a reality.  

Amazon Alexa Microgrant Program | Application Due Mar. 3

Are you interested in prototyping for Alexa-enabled products, or enhancing your own project using Alexa-enabled products? TEC will award a limited number of microgrants worth up to $1000 of acoustic test equipment and Alexa development kits for Illinois students to use on their projects. Apply by March 3 here. Learn more about Alexa Dev Kits.   

MWIN Ag Tech Industry Connect | Mar. 5 | I-Hotel and Conference Center

Do you have a startup or an innovative business idea that involves Ag Tech? Attend 3 exciting AgTech Innovation events in 2 days at the University of Illinois! 

March 5, Morning – SBIR Workshop: Learn about applying for SBIR grants from the USDA. Register here.

March 5, Afternoon – Midwest I-Corps Node (MWIN) Industry Connect Event: Customer Discovery and Networking Workshop. Register here. 

March 5, Evening – Networking Reception: Open to all AgTech Innovation Summit Attendees. Select teams from the MWIN Workshop will have the opportunity to make a brief pitch or have a tabletop display during the reception. For more information contact Howard Gerwin at Learn more.

TEC's Student Advisory Board 

Interested in joining TEC's student advisory board? For more information, email Kyra Lavalais:

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.


Other Programs & Events
City Scholars Fall Applications Open!

Do you want to spend a semester in Chicago and work 20 hours per week as paid interns at Chicago’s leading companies, taking a course towards graduation? Student cohort participates in seminars with experts, executives and civic leaders; site visits and cultural events, and other customized programming in entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. Illinois provides online and in-person classes in Chicago, keeping students on track to graduate. Learn more and apply by Feb.15. 

Founders-Startup Career Fair | Feb. 28 | 11am - 7pm | Siebel Center Atrium

The Founders Startup Career Fair (SCF) is the biggest career fair on campus for students looking for employment at startups both local and global. SCF is open to students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of all majors, from Computer Science to Design and Advertising. Last year 22 startups and 1000+ students attended. Learn more.

The Engineering Open House Startup Showcase | Mar. 8 & 9 | Siebel Center Atrium

The Engineering Open House (EOH) attracts around 30,000 visitors and displays the projects and exhibits of all disciplines of engineering and innovation! EOH includes a Startup Showcase to exhibit newly founded startups in the area. If you are interested in exhibiting your startup idea and/or demo at this year's EOH Startup Showcase, please fill out this form. Participating startups may be reimbursed up to $200 for professional marketing material. The deadline for registration Feb. 8. If you have any questions please email Alice Perng at

The Health Make-a-Thon | Feb. 11

The Health Make-a-Thon is a full-day competition for makers, citizen scientists, and anyone in Champaign County with ideas for improving human health. A panel of experts from the University of Illinois and beyond will review submissions and choose the best. Finalists will pitch their ideas for a chance to win $10,000 in Health Maker Lab resources to create a real prototype of their idea. Idea submissions will open on Feb. 11. Submit your great idea here!

Campus 1871 | Apr. 6-7 | Chicago

Ever wonder what it’s like to create your own startup? Join Campus1871 for a unique, insider startup experience and collaborate with other students and local entrepreneurs to learn how to build a business strategy and build out a product. The weekend will include Startup 101 crash courses, keynote speakers, mentorship, pitches, and a grand prize for the winning team! The purpose of Campus 1871 is to provide students with an opportunity to simulate the experience of building and running their own business. Application deadline is Feb. 10. Learn more and apply here. 

Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019 Application Open

The Royal Academy of Engineering is inviting university teams to participate in the Global Grand Challenges Summit Competition 2019, a program of challenge-led innovation, design and business development, culminating in the opportunity for teams to attend a Collaboration Lab event and the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, UK, September 12-18, 2019. 

If you do form a team, please email Jen Sans in the Undergraduate Programs Office at The deadline for Letter of Intent is Feb. 18. Apply here. Learn more. 

Get Hired
Red Clover Reader Wants Collaborators

Are you looking for an opportunity to earn flexible technical or business class credits with TEC498 or BADM395 while gaining valuable experiences at a student-led early stage EdTech startup? Red Clover Reader is looking to collaborate with students throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters. Successful candidates will be creative team players studying (or with expertise in) software development, design, marketing, communications, journalism, creative writing, education, media or with a passion for children’s literature. For more information please email or visit

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 Feb. 11. 

Office of Technology Management Hiring Commercialization Analysts Interns

The Office of Technology Management is seeking MBA, JD, and Ph.D. candidates to join its paid commercialization analyst internship program, starting Summer 2019 and lasting through Spring 2020.  Interns will develop an understanding of intellectual property law, market and industry analysis, and introductory licensing methods and strategies. Submit résumé and cover letter via Handshake or email to OTM Assistant to the Director & Office Administrator Heather Jones at hbaker@illinois.eduDeadline: Feb. 8. Learn more.


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