Entrepreneurship & Design


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

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition


among national universities for undergraduate venture-backed start-ups

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition


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

Inc. Magazine, published May 14, 2018


in national performance of undergraduate female entrepreneurs

Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017 Edition


Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE)

AWARE is programmed through the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park. The program exists to support entrepreneurship training, counseling, and networking.

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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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"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

Siebel Center for Design

The Siebel Center for Design (SCD) at the University of Illinois is at the forefront of harnessing the potential of design thinking and design learning in our teaching, research, and engagement. The SCD fosters cross-campus, multidisciplinary collaboration to channel our students’ outstanding talents and develop expertise, passion, and creativity toward issues and lives of consequence.

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