Illinois Innovation Prize ($20,000) Nomination Due Today!
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Technology Entrepreneur Center
THE GRAINGER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
Illinois Innovation Prize $20,000 
 

Win Innovation Funding! Last Chance Today!

Nominations for the $20k Illinois Innovation Prize and the $10k Fiddler Innovation Fellowship are due today (Feb. 1)! Innovations developed as a response to the pandemic are encouraged. Ask a mentor, advisor, or faculty member to nominate you.

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Silicon Valley and Beyond 
 

Find Teammates & Pitch Your Ideas

Looking for teammates to move your idea forward? Join us on Feb. 35-6:30pm, to pitch your idea at SocialFuse: a recurring pitching, networking, and teambuilding event! Come pitch your ideas, find teammates, or just check things out. 

Learn More & RSVP

 
 
 
 
 

Cozad NVC Registration Due Feb. 8

Learn about venture creation, idea validation, customer development, and pitching skills from experts. Plus, get the chance to win funding and prizes! (Typically, around $200k or more is offered each year.) Cozad NVC will be held virtually this year.

Learn More & Register →

 
 
 
 
 

Get Patent & Trademark Help For Free!

The IP Clinic is a joint effort between TEC and the College of Law. Selected participants from Cozad New Venture Challenge, iVenture Accelerator, and Illinois Innovation Prize can have a patent application drafted for free. Attend the IP Clinic Kickoff on Feb. 12. 

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Advance Your Career With TEC Certificates

Pursue your future career goals armed with a TEC Certificate! Whether you want to advance your career goals, be an impactful leader, launch your startup, or develop breakthrough products, we offer four certificates that meet your needs.

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We Are Here To Help

Wondering if you should take part in the Cozad New Venture Challenge? Have a startup idea? Don't know what to do next? Come to Virtual Entrepreneurship Advising with TEC every Friday. We'll help you figure out your next steps.

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Join the TEC Student Advisory Board (SAB)

As a TEC SAB member, you will have the opportunity to shape our campus’s thriving entrepreneurship  ecosystem. You will help improve the TEC programming with your feedback. You will also get to network with TEC staff, guest speakers, and current and past board members. 

Learn More & Join→

 
 
   
 
 
Other Programs & Events
 
 
 

Disruption Lab: The Disruption Lab at the Gies College of Business offers students early opportunities to explore breakthrough technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, and more. Through Lab projects, students collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to deliver a viable product that has future application, adding an entrepreneurial dimension to their learningLearn More

 
 

Mar. 10 | AgTech Innovation Summit: Hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park, this interactive virtual conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about the current and future state of agtech through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. The Summit will be a FREE virtual event with scheduled sessions on leadership in agtech; supply chain; impacts of the pandemic and its silver linings; and insights from growers and producers. Learn More

 
 

Mar. 15-19 | Chicago Startup Week: Led by students, Chicago Startup Week is a week-long virtual event to celebrate achievements of entrepreneurial communities in the Chicago community by uniting students, professionals, and entrepreneurs to network, share, and innovate.
Learn More & Register →

 
   
 
 
Get Hired
 
 
 

Talklet Hiring Interns - Talklet is a mental wellness platform that connects qualified listeners to people who want to talk and feel heard. The startup is currently looking for a UIUC student to join their team with experience in front +/ back-end web development or business who is preferably interested in mental health. Interested? Please email Kristen Lam with your resume at talkletteam@gmail.com. Learn More →

 
   
 
 
Illinois Entrepreneurs in the News
 
 
 

Hot off the presses!

  • Illinois Fintech Startup, Tastytrade To Be Acquired By IG Group In $1B Deal. Read More →

 
 
 
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February 2021 ISSUE

 
 

 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

Technology Entrepreneur Center

 

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