Entrepreneurship & Design

Together we bring great ideas to life

From the first day a student steps foot on the Illinois campus, they have access to programs that inspire and prepare them for careers they could never imagine. Whether it’s starting their own business or being an innovator in the workforce, Grainger Engineers get all the tools they need to be at the top of whatever they want to pursue.

 

Technology Entrepreneur Center

Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) is unique to Illinois and knows how to get ideas off the ground. Through TEC, you’ll get the education, experiences, and resources to become leaders in innovation. TEC will help you join the next generation of world-changing visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs able to navigate the complex concepts inherent in the simultaneous processes of technology innovation and market adoption. TEC also administers the annual Cozad New Venture Competition and the Illinois Innovation Prize, among several other programs.

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Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship

A degree in Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) teaches engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide engineering solutions.

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1st

among Illinois schools for developing entrepreneurs in the Greater-Chicago Area

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition

10th

among national universities for undergraduate venture-backed start-ups

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition

13th

among national universities graduating the most future CEOs of well-funded start-ups

Inc. Magazine, published May 14, 2018

17th

in national performance of undergraduate female entrepreneurs

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition

"The University of Illinois has given us so many opportunities to learn and grow as student-entrepreneurs. We took advantage of engineering entrepreneurship courses, prototype sprints through hackathons, and unique grant opportunities through the iVenture Accelerator, Research Park, and campus-wide initiatives to promote innovation. Working in Chicago now is truly a testament to the great work our University does to promote entrepreneurship."

Ashley Moy, B.S. Bioengineering '16
CEO, Cast21

 

EnterpriseWorks Incubator

Named as one of Inc Magazine's “Top 3 College Town Incubators" and as one of Forbes' "12 Business Incubators Changing the World," EnterpriseWorks is an incubator facility and resource center for science and technology focused entrepreneurs. Through the commercialization of leading research from across the University of Illinois, its startups are working to address challenges with transformative results.

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Siebel Center for Design

The new Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is one component of a larger cross-campus, multidisciplinary effort to harness the potential of design thinking and design learning in our teaching, research, and engagement. Through this effort, we will channel our students’ outstanding talents to develop expertise, passion, and creativity toward issues and lives of consequence.

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