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TEC Programs & Events
Cozad Showcase & Finals Event | Apr. 10 | I-Hotel | 9am-4pm

The Cozad New Venture Challenge is TEC's campus-wide 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 where over 50 teams will demonstrate and present their startups! Learn more. 

9am-12pm | Startup Teams Showcase 
1:10-2:30pm | Finalist Presentations
3pm | Winners and Prizes Announcement

Illinois Innovation Prize Awards Presentation | Apr. 10 | I-Hotel | 2:30-3pm

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. Five students made to the finalist list this year. Join us at Cozad New Venture Challenge Showcase and Finals Event to show your support to the IIP finalists and find out who gets to take home the coveted award! Learn about the five finalists. 

Amazon Demo Showcase | Apr. 29 | CSL 301 | 12-1:30pm

Join us at Amazon Alexa Demo Showcase to learn the novel ways students are using Amazon Alexa technology. Winners of Amazon Alexa microgrant will present their projects at the demo showcase. The demo showcase culminates our popular Amazon Alexa workshop series. Bring a lunch, and explore the world of voice-activated technology!

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 these courses for Fall 2019:
TE 110: Communicating & Presenting in Engineering
TE 398: Hip Hop Entrepreneurship

Other Programs & Events
Illini Career & Internship Fair | Apr. 11 | ARC | 1-5pm

Looking for summer internships or full-time opportunities after graduation? Attend the Illini Career & Internship Fair. The fair attracts students from all majors, years in school, and backgrounds. For more information about the Illini Career & Internship Fair, please contact Monica Towner at Learn more

Health Make-a-Thon Event | Apr. 13 | Beckman Institute | 6-9pm

Show your support to our local health makers at the Health Make-a-Thon event. Attend the 'dolphin-tank' (Champaign-Urbana-style shark tank) a friendly, approachable, and fun event. 20 innovative makers will each have two minutes to pitch their great idea to improve human health. 10 will walk away with $10,000 in idea support. Learn more and RSVP here

SBIR Workshop: SBIR 101 | Apr. 16 | EnterpriseWorks 130 | 12-1pm

Attend a three-part series workshop on applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Jed Taylor, EnterpriseWorks' Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Executive Director of TEC, will open up the first of three SBIR program workshops with an overview of what the program is, and why scientific entrepreneurs are great candidates to apply for SBIR grants. The subsequent workshops will be on April 30, 12-1pm, and May 8, 12-2pm at EnterpriseWorks. Learn more. For more information contact Laura Weisskopf Bleill at

Applications Open for Contrary Accelerator

Application for the Contrary Accelerator is now open. Contrary is a university-focused venture firm backed by founding members of Facebook, Tesla, Reddit, and more. This is an opportunity to join the most promising founders selected from 50 schools nationwide.  Founders accepted to the accelerator will get; $50k-200k in funding, office space in downtown San Francisco, office hours and workshops with top entrepreneurs, opportunity to participate in Demo day. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis, so apply today! Learn more

Get Hired
Rest Hiring Software Engineer

Rest, a startup founded by an ISE alum helps employers offer estate planning as a benefit. The platform is overcoming the psychological barriers to estate planning through a personalized and easy-to-use approach. Rest is looking for a software engineering student (no grade level requirement) to work in LA or remotely from May through September 2019 to help build and launch an MVP solution. Agile experience is preferred not required. Candidate should be proficient/familiar with node.js, AWS, MySQL, javascript, angularJS, and React. For details about the startup and the position, please contact Chris Barbaro 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 Apr. 30. 

Senseair North America Seeks Field Application Engineer

The rapidly expanding North American business unit of Senseair is looking to hire a Field Application Engineer immediately to be an integral part of their growth and success. Senseair products and solutions are utilized by top companies in Smart Home IoT, Automotive, & HVAC/R markets. The Field Application Engineer will be involved directly with these Senseair customers supporting them through a pre and post-sales process that includes design recommendations, performance audits, technical reviews, and product evaluation. The location of the position is St. Charles, IL. Learn more. For more information email Tony Nowak at

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