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TEC Programs & Events
Discover Entrepreneurship Resources | Sept. 17 | 2025 SDRP | 4-6pm

Don't miss the Innovation Expo! The Expo is the best opportunity to discover the plethora of resources for entrepreneurs, designers, makers, and innovators.
Come see campus and community organizations, RSOs, student startups, and more. Complimentary refreshments provided. 

Network, Pitch, and Scale Your Startup | Sept. 25 | ECEB 3002 | 5-7pm

Looking for startup teammates? Or, want to know how the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Illinois can help you get started? Don’t miss SocialFuse, our recurring pitching and networking event. 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 provided. RSVP required to pitch and recommended for all other attendees: go.illinois.edu/socialfuse

Last Chance | Application Due Sept. 30

Interested in meeting Silicon Valley's biggest players in entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital over winter break? Spend January 12-18, 2020, visiting startups and leading tech companies while networking with prominent, entrepreneurial alumni. Be one of the select 25 students chosen for this popular workshop! Application due Sept. 30, 2019, so don't wait! Learn more and apply here

Farm Hack At Sustainable Student Farm | Sept. 21 | 10am-7pm

Get your hands dirty and experience harvesting, processing, and human-centered design at work. Ideate around the goal of improving farm operations, then present ideas for a chance to win prizes. Free lunch and dinner are included. Transportation will be provided from the Illini Union at 9:30am. This event is brought to you by ACES, Innovation LLC, Siebel Center for Design, Sustainability LLC, Sustainable Student Farm, and TEC. RSVP by Sept.12 here.

ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week | Application Due Sept. 23

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, World Business Chicago, and The University of Illinois System will invite 200 top college students from across the country to get a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago's vibrant tech scene and attend Chicago Ideas Week.
From October 17-19, selected students will get to experience 3 days of talks, tours, tips, and training. Application due Sept. 23. Apply here


Entrepreneurship Advising | Fridays | 10am-12pm

Have an idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Come to Entrepreneurship Advising Hours with TEC! Bring your ideas–we’ll help you figure out your next steps and guide you through campus and community resources. Advising will take place in alternating locations–check go.illinois.edu/Fridays or follow us on social media for the latest information. 

Apply for a Dual Engineering Degree

Application for the Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) dual degree program is open. The BS degree in ILEE is 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, ILEE is only available as a dual degree for Grainger Engineering students, but individual courses and certificates are available to students from any college. Contact Terry Cole at twcole@illinois.edu. Learn more.

Apply for these courses for Fall 2019:

TE401: Developing Breakthrough Projects
TE 398: Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship 

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Other Programs & Events
54-Founders Illinois Entrepreneurs | Sept 27-29 | Siebel Center

54 is a 3-day event hosted by Founders Illinois Entrepreneurs where students from different backgrounds come together to form teams and launch a successful startup. No experience required. Just bring yourself, some friends and good ideas. Food and drinks will be provided. Apply by Sept.18 here

Engineering Career Fair | Sept 10-11 | ARC | 12-6pm

If you are looking for internships, or part-time and full-time positions, don't miss the Fall 2019 Engineering Career Fair. More than 400 companies will be there at the fair. Learn more about how to prepare for the career fair. 

Grainger Grove | Sept.14 | Grange Grove, Memorial Stadium | 8am

In conjunction with Grainger Engineering Weekend, The Grainger College of Engineering is taking over Grange Grove and turning it into "Grainger Grove"! Explore interactive booths showcasing student innovation from the college and enjoy brunch (with ticket purchase). Connect with the campus community, meet current students, and learn about the exciting breakthroughs coming from Grainger Engineering. Learn more.

PYGMALION | Sept 26-28 | Urbana-Champaign

This multi-disciplinary community festival features music, literature, technology, food, makers, comedy, podcasts, science, arts, and more. Come support the student entrepreneurs who will showcase their startups at the TECH Demo on September 26 at the Krannert Center Lobby, 5:30-9:30pm. And, don't miss PYGHACK on Sept.27-28. For a complete list of events, locations, and other details check out the schedule here

JE USA Summit 2019 | Oct 4-6 | Lincoln Hall

Junior Enterprise United States of America is a student-run organization that aims to foster the growth of student-run organizations that provide a service to clients from all fields. This year, Junior Enterprise United States of America is hosting its biggest conference to date. The Junior Enterprise 2019 Summit will focus on Entrepreneurial Economics and how it is 'golden time' to start a business. The registration cost is $90 for students. Register here

Get Hired
TEC Hiring Illinois Startup List Intern

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 an intern for Fall/Spring 2019-20 to gather and compile information, and input content for a crowdsourced list of Illinois startups. The intern will work up to 10 hrs/week on this project. This is a paid internship and pay rate is commensurate with experience. Starting date is to be determined, but most likely will start in early October. You must be a current undergraduate student in order to be considered for this position. To ensure full consideration, please email a cover letter and resume to Amy Koester akoester@illinois.edu by September 15, 2019. Learn more about the Illinois Startups list here

EnterpriseWorks Hiring Multimedia Intern

Do you enjoy telling stories through video and pictures? Do you get excited about being able to creatively document an event and show your work off to others? EnterpriseWorks, an award-winning incubator at the Research Park is hiring a multimedia intern. This position will begin training at the beginning of Fall 2019 and will continue on throughout the semester. Upon a successful performance review, the internship will continue into Spring 2020. The ideal candidate will continue full-time during Summer 2020 as well. For questions please email uirp-jobs@illinois.edu. Learn more and apply