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TEC Programs & Events
 
 
 
Illinois Innovation Prize Nominations Due Jan. 27

Are you innovating and solving a problem that could have a positive societal impact? If you're a student working toward innovative solutions, ask a mentor to nominate you for the $20,000 CAMPUS-WIDE Illinois Innovation Prize. Take note that students may not nominate other students, and you must be on-campus during the 2019-20 academic year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nominations are due Jan. 27, 2020. Learn more and apply.

 
 
 
 
 
Cozad New Venture Challenge: So Much More Than a Competition!

The Cozad New Venture Challenge helps move your idea forward! Learn about venture creation, idea validation, customer development, and pitching skills from experts. Accelerate the development of your idea with Cozad instead of trying to do it on your own. Plus, get the chance to win funding and prizes! (Typically, around $200,000 or more is offered each year in total.) We are using the YouNoodle platform for Cozad, so you will need to create a YouNoodle account to regsiter. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2020. Learn more and register here.

 
 
 
 
 
SocialFuse | Mon., Jan. 27 | Krannert Center Cafe Stage | 5-7pm

Looking for teammates to move your idea forward? Make your idea a reality at SocialFuse, a recurring pitching and networking event for you! Come pitch your ideas, find teammates to scale your startup, or just sit back and check things out. Food providedRSVP required to pitch and recommended for all other attendees (RSVP by Wed., Jan. 22): go.illinois.edu/socialfuse

 
 
 
 
 
Illinois I-Corps Cohort #27 Applications Open

Do you have an interesting research idea and want to explore commercializing it? Faculty and students working on STEM-related technology can participate in the Illinois I-Corps program and receive up to $2,000 to explore the customer discovery process for their innovation. Applications for Cohort #27 are now open and accepted on a rolling basis. Cohort #27 classes will be held on Jan. 22, Feb. 5, and Feb. 19. Questions? Contact Harlee Sorkin at sorkin2@illinois.eduLearn more and apply.

 
 
 
 
Academics
 
 
 
Dual Engineering Degree

The BS degree in ILEE is for Grainger 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 engineering students, but individual courses and certificates are available to students from any college.  Application for the ILEE dual degree program for Spring 2020 is now closed but you can continue to enroll for courses that count towards the degree. Questions? Contact Terry Cole at twcole@illinois.edu. Learn more.

 

 
 
Other Programs & Events
 
 
 
Israel: Startup Nation Workshop

Join the Origin Venture Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gies College of Business for Israel: Startup Nation Entrepreneurship Workshop. The business and technology portion of this program will focus significantly on Israel's high-tech innovation, startup, and venture capital community, and the cultural portion will provide exposure to Israel's renowned history. This workshop is open to all students. To apply, visit: studyabroad.illinois.edu. Click 'My Study Abroad' and then click 'Programs'. Type 'Startup' in the Program Name box and select 'BUS Faculty-Led Israel Startup Nation Workshop'. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2019. Questions? Email John Quarton: quarton@illinois.edu

 
 
 
 
 
Health Make-a-Thon Submissions Due Jan. 6

The Health Make-a-Thon is a competition for makers, citizen scientists, and anyone in the state of Illinois with ideas for improving human health. A panel of experts from the University of Illinois and beyond will review submissions and select finalists. 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. The submission deadline is Jan. 6, 2020. Learn more.

 
 
 
 
 
ROMP 2020 Volunteer Program

The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is an international nonprofit organization working to provide high-quality mobility services to people with amputation. Our Illinois Innovative Prize 2010 winner, Jonathan Naber, is the Chief Program Officer at ROMP. The organization operates several 10-day volunteer programs in Ecuador and Guatemala. ROMP is looking for volunteers for its Innovation Volunteer Program in Ecuador from March 13-22, 2020. This program gives volunteers the opportunity to assess the needs for innovation in prosthetic technology and care delivery while learning about prosthetic care, the design process, and product development. Learn more and apply here. 

 
 
 
Get Hired
 
Enterprise Works Hiring Project Coordinator Intern

Do you get excited about entrepreneurship? Do you enjoy working with different types of people? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere? The Project Coordinator position at the University of Illinois Research Park and EnterpriseWorks provides you with the chance to apply your organizational and problem-solving skills to manage a variety of projects for a diverse group of clients including startups at EnterpriseWorks. This position will begin training immediately in Fall 2019 and will continue through Spring 2020 and Summer 2020, up to 40 hours per week. Learn more.

 
 
 
AGCO Acceleration Center Hiring Design Engineer Intern

The AGCO Acceleration Center, an agricultural manufacturer, is looking for a Design Engineer intern for Spring 2020. This person will work closely with the AGCO Protein Division to evaluate and optimize designs of existing processes to address customer needs and reduce cost, work on project teams to create new designs, and develop and review current methods and standards. Students are required to work 10-20 hours a week on-site at the company's office in Research Park. Learn more

 
 
 
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