UI wins Alexa Innovation Fellowship


Miranda Holloway

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received an Alexa Innovation Fellowship.

Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Andrew Singer was selected by Amazon to lead the fellowship effort at Illinois. 

The Alexa Innovation Fellowship provides funding, Alexa devices, hardware kits, and consistent training in an effort to help student startups integrate voice with their technology by using Alexa's developer services, Alexa Skills Kit, and Alexa Voice Services.  

As part of the program, Singer will have training opportunities, which include meeting with successful Alexa Fund-backed Entrepreneurs and receiving new resources to share with students on the Illinois campus. 

In his position, Singer is responsible for the Technology Entrepreneur Center and the Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship degree program (ILEE). ILEE is a program that gives undergraduate students the skills to grow, build, design, and lead innovative technology companies. 

Illinois was one of 10 universities chosen in the 2018-2019 pool of Innovation Fellows. These universities were chosen for their technology entrepreneurship curriculum, student access to grant funding, and experience with Alexa.