Save The Date: Cozad Showcase & Finals On April 15, 2020!
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TEC Programs & Events
IP Clinic Kickoff | Feb. 6 | 12:00-1:30pm | 301 CSL

The Intellectual Property Clinic is a joint effort between TEC and the College of Law. Selected participants from the Cozad New Venture Challenge, iVenture Accelerator, and the Illinois Innovation Prize can have a patent application drafted for free if their invention description includes a novel and potentially patentable device, system, or method. Join us at the IP Clinic Kickoff to learn more. Learn more 

Entrepreneurship Advising & Office Hours

Have an idea but aren’t sure what to do next? Come to Entrepreneurship Advising & Office Hours with TEC! Bring your ideas–we’ll help you figure out your next steps, and guide you through campus and community resources. No appointment needed, just drop in! We'll have hot chocolate for you, too. Advising will take place in alternating locations–check the schedule here. Entrepreneurship Advising Partners: Technology Entrepreneur Center, Founders: Illinois Entrepreneurs, and Illinois Ventures. Venue for Feb. 14: Design Studio, 1st Floor (West Side), Grainger Engineering Library. 

Save The Date: Cozad Showcase & Finals Event | Apr. 15

The campus-wide Cozad New Venture Challenge, held annually since 2000, is designed to encourage students to create new businesses. All teams who meet the requirements of the Cozad New Venture Challenge have the opportunity to compete in the Showcase & Finals Event. Students will get to showcase their ideas to venture capitalists, early-stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs. More than $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded! Join us for the Showcase on April 15 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center and show your support to homegrown startup teams. Stay tuned for more updates!

Join the TEC Student Advisory Board

Want to engage with the entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus? Join the TEC Student Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB serves as a liaison between students and the TEC staff. Learn more and join SAB.

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 Learn more.


Other Programs & Events
Map The System 2020 Application Due Feb. 5

Map the System is a global competition that challenges you to think differently about social and environmental change. Participants can apply as an individual or in a team of up to 5 members. At least one participant must be a current Illinois student (undergraduate or graduate, all majors welcome). Recent alumni, non-students, or students from another institution may join an eligible Illinois team. Learn more and register here. Questions? Contact Valeri Werpetinski at

Engineering Open House Startup Showcase | Mar. 27-28

Engineering Open House hosts an annual Startup Showcase seeking to highlight startups affiliated with current students, alumni, and faculty. Interested startups will be provided with tables and must be present from 9:00am-4:00pm on March 27-28. There is no cost for registration, and startups will be featured in the Visitor's Guide. Questions? Email Daniela Zieba at Sign up here

Campus 1871 Application Due Feb. 7

Each year 1871, a private business incubator based in Chicago, and their university partners including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign team up to create Campus 1871, a program to support innovation. Participating students have the chance to build a business and disrupt an industry through an immersive experience that will build their skills in collaboration, ideation, and problem-solving. After two days of intensive workshops, lectures, and mentoring, student-led teams pitch their businesses to a panel of industry leaders in Chicago’s tech community. The application is due Feb. 7. Learn more and apply

Founders Seeking Members

Do you want to help build the biggest community of student entrepreneurs on campus? Are you interested in learning what it takes to build a successful startup? Do you want to network with the top VC/industry leaders? Join Founders: Illinois Entrepreneurs, the premier student entrepreneurship organization on campus! Founders is now accepting applications to join teams until Feb. 5 at 11:59pm. Learn more and apply

AgTech Innovation Summit | Mar. 4 | 7:30am-4pm | I-Hotel

Explore how technology solutions are addressing some of the most significant challenges facing agriculture today. The 2020 AgTech Innovation Summit, happening on March 4 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center will include panels and discussions on how Big Data is modernizing the agriculture value chain, investment in AgTech, industry leaders on the state of agriculture, and how growers are preparing for future generations. It will include presentations from some of the top AgTech startups in the region. Learn more and register. 

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Siebel Center for Design | Summer Intern Program

Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is offering a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about human-centered design and design thinking as part of their 2020 Summer Internship Program! The paid internships include joining a project team with individuals across various disciplines and attending workshops on personal and professional development, as well as opportunities to help SCD move into and get established in the brand-new Siebel Center for Design building. The deadline to submit materials is Thursday, February 6 at 4:00pm. Learn more

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