Don't miss TEC Virtual Workshops on April 16 and April 23!
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TEC Programs & Events
Virtual Workshop Series | Apr. 16 | 6-7:30pm

This workshop is open to any student in our entrepreneurship ecosystem. You will get to pitch for 90  seconds and receive immediate feedback to improve your pitch. You will also learn some best practices for pitching. The first half of the event will be devoted to elevator pitches and feedback. The second half of the event will include a presentation on how to deliver an effective pitch in preparation for the April 23rd event. Pitch spots are limited! Please send one slide to and RSVP here(By End of Day, Today, April 15, 11:59 pm, CST)

Virtual Workshop Series | Apr. 23 | 6-7:30pm
Perfect your pitch in front of investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts, and receive immediate feedback. You will get to pitch followed by Q&A session by mentors. Some of the mentors include Marcin Kleczynski, Edwin Moore, Joseph Murphy, Jackie DiMonte, Andrew Loulousis, Joe Jablonski, Joe Beatty, Scott Rose, and Alex Gorsuch. Pitch spots are limited! Please send up to 10 slides to and RSVP here! (By End of Day, April 22, 11:59 pm, CST)
New Academic Deep Tech Accelerator Program Launching In Fall!

Working on a breakthrough technology? Looking to commercialize that technology? Want to develop a desirable, viable, and feasible business model that leverages your technology? Explore our new academic accelerator! This 4 credit hour academic-based startup accelerator will mentor teams in the process of deep tech commercialization. Stay tuned for more details! 

Try a TEC Course This Summer!

• TE 333: Creativity, Innovation, Vision – Learn how creativity works, and how to envision what others may not. 
• TE 565: Technology, Innovation, & Strategy – Learn how firms can create, commercialize, and capture value from technology-based products and services. 
• TE 566: Finance for Engineering Management – Cornerstone financial concepts for engineering management to enable analysis of engineering projects from a financial perspective.
• TE 567 Venture Funded Startups – Learn concepts and tools used by venture capitalists including financing and valuation, venture-scale opportunity assessment and articulation, and deal structure. All of these courses are online.

Illinois Innovation Prize Winner Announced

TEC and The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded Ananya Tiwari, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology in the College of Education with the Illinois Innovation Prize for $20,000. Each year, the Illinois Innovation Prize honors a creative and passionate student working towards innovative solutions that could have a positive societal impact. Since 2007, over $300,000 has been awarded to student innovators. Read more

AWARE Prototyping Funds: Application Now Available

The AWARE (Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs) proof of concept award provides funding to potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) applicants to enable prototype development and accelerate the path toward commercialization. The award provides up to $1,500 to each recipient to complete their proof of concept project. Deadline: April 30. Learn more. 

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 Fall 2020 is now closed but you can continue to enroll for courses that count towards the degree. Questions? Contact Jed Taylor at Learn more.

Other Programs & Events
SBIR 103: Commercialization Plan and Review | Apr. 24

EnterpriseWorks hosts a series of workshops offering Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) technical assistance and counseling. This program helps you become familiar with funding, searching solicitations, and best practices for applications. You’ll also gain skills to write a commercialization plan, draft a budget, and execute an award agreement. In part three of the series, Jed Taylor will discuss SBIR commercialization plans. SBIR Spring series will be held virtually via WebEx.  Register here to join the virtual workshop.

ThinkChicago Spring 2020 Resume Book | Deadline, Apr. 30

ThinkChicago has launched Spring 2020 Resume Book in partnership with Chicago and Illinois university partners. The progam aims to help university students explore career opportunities and directly connect with future employers about job opportunities and internships, especially for those students who want to work for a Chicago tech and innovation company. Application deadline is April 30, 2020. Learn more and apply. 

Get Hired
KAS Automotive Seeks Electrical Engineering Intern

KAS Automotive, a Champaign-based automotive startup that specializes in vision systems for safer driving, is offering paid and unpaid internship opportunities. The paid summer 2020 intern position requires up to 40 hours of work per week, while the unpaid summer 2020 intern position requires up to 20 hours. Product development experience, and/or experience with Raspberry Pi or Arduino preferred. Please send your resume to Amanda Smith at for consideration.

UChicago Student Startup Subli Hiring Full Stack Engineer

Subli, a peer-to-peer subletting marketplace for university communities and the winner of 2020 College New Venture Challenge, is seeking a talented Full Stack Engineer to join their small, tight-knit team for the Spring and/or Summer. You'll partner with the head of product to build something useful, efficient, and accesible. Preferred skills include production-ready coding in HTML, CSS, and basic Javascript, translating web-flow features into code, and creating design systems. Learn more. Email your resume to

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