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TEC Programs & Events
Chicago Entrepreneurship Workshop | Apply by Mar. 15

Join TEC and Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Chicago May 13-15 for the Chicago Entrepreneurship Workshop. You will hear from entrepreneurial alumni who recently graduated, learn about how to take your passion for entrepreneurship and turn it into a successful company, and discover what it's like to live and work in Chicago as a young alum. Apply by Mar. 15 here.

Illinois I-Corps Cohort Applications Open Mar. 15

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 window is Mar. 15-22 for the next Illinois I-Corps Introduction to Customer Discovery program cohort. The Illinois I-Corps Site offers 4 cohorts a year (2 per semester) on a rolling submission application cycle. Application Deadline is Mar. 22. Contact Howard Gerwin at Learn more.

Amazon Alexa Microgrant Program

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. Rolling applications until the end of March; early applications will be given priority consideration. Apply here. Learn more about Alexa Dev Kits.   

Cozad Showcase & Finals Event | Apr. 10 | I-Hotel | 9am-6pm

The Cozad New Venture Challenge is TEC's signature program aimed at accelerating student startup ideas with funding and mentoring. More than $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded! Join us for the Showcase on April 10 and show your support to homegrown startup teams! Learn more. 

TEC 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
Engineering Open House Startup Showcase | Mar. 8-9 | Siebel Center Atrium

Engineering Open House (EOH) is an annual student-led STEM fair featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. EOH includes a Startup Showcase to exhibit newly founded startups in the area. The startups will be demonstrating their unique ideas. Learn more. 

The Health Make-a-Thon | Apply by Mar. 11

The Health Make-a-Thon is a 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. Submit your idea by March. 11. Submit your great idea here!

Research Park Career Fair | Mar. 12 | 4-7pm | I-Hotel & Conference Center

Attend the 13th annual Research Park Career Fair to meet with Research Park companies. Come to learn more about what these companies are doing and what internship and full-time employment opportunities are available. No registration required. Please contact Jenny Kim at with any questions about the event. Go to Handshake to see the list of registered companies. Learn more. 

Innovation Celebration | Mar. 29 | Parkland College | 5:30-8:30pm

Mark your calendar for the Innovation Celebration on Mar. 29 at Parkland College to celebrate the accomplishments of our innovative individuals and businesses in the community. Student startups-RingWing, HexNest, and Deepwalk are nominated for an award! Innovation Celebration is hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and community sponsors. Learn more and RSVP here.

Young Entrepreneur Program: Pitch Qualifying Round | Apr. 18 | 7-8:30pm | Champaign Public Library

Want to win $5000 in seed money for your startup venture? Register for the Young Entrepreneur Program: Pitch Qualifying Round to secure a spot. Specific requirements for the pitch will be made available at the beginning of March for those who register. The final pitch competition is on May 5th, where successful participants will present their startup vision to a panel of notable venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. For more information contact the Business Specialist, Stephanie Pitts-Noggle at Learn more.

Get Hired
Promote Properly Seeking Collaborators

Promote Properly, a student startup that helps businesses build creative marketing solutions, is looking for more team members! The startup is working on a video series that documents startup life on campus and are looking to hire a videographer to help execute weekly video uploads. They are also hiring software engineers to help build out a beta online platform. For more information please email Info@PromoteProperly.comLearn 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 Mar. 11. 

AbbVie Hiring Robotic Process Automation Summer Hacker Intern

AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories, is looking for a Robotic Process Automation summer hacker intern. The RPA Summer Hack Program at the AbbVie Innovation Center, located in the Research Park, is designed to augment AbbVie’s regular staff and is for students who are able to work in parallel to their school schedule. Learn more about the position here.To apply, submit your resume to Masha Trenhaile at

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