Funds up to $10K per team
Takes 0% equity
Offers 2 Mentors
Funds 12 startups per year
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The iVenture Accelerator is the educational accelerator for top student startups at the University of Illinois. It is a capstone entrepreneurship experience for our three campuses' most ambitious student startups – and provides them the knowledge, funding, mentorship, peer support, and resources necessary to grow and scale.

The opportunity to work full-time for 10-weeks over the summer learning and building with a cohort of other student entrepreneurs is the most important benefit of the accelerator. (We provide a stipend of $2,500 per student for the summer period.) Additionally, we help you connect to the right advisors, partners, coaches, and funders through networking events both on-campus and in Chicago, and a database of hundreds of supporters in the iVenture Network. We regularly host workshops, talks, and office hours with experienced entrepreneurs, faculty, and leaders, and you’re held accountable to your progress through regular goal-setting and accountability meetings ...
The iVenture Accelerator is the educational accelerator for top student startups at the University of Illinois. It is a capstone entrepreneurship experience for our three campuses' most ambitious student startups – and provides them the knowledge, funding, mentorship, peer support, and resources necessary to grow and scale.

The opportunity to work full-time for 10-weeks over the summer learning and building with a cohort of other student entrepreneurs is the most important benefit of the accelerator. (We provide a stipend of $2,500 per student for the summer period.) Additionally, we help you connect to the right advisors, partners, coaches, and funders through networking events both on-campus and in Chicago, and a database of hundreds of supporters in the iVenture Network. We regularly host workshops, talks, and office hours with experienced entrepreneurs, faculty, and leaders, and you’re held accountable to your progress through regular goal-setting and accountability meetings with program staff. iVenture teams receive continued support through our 3-credit hour iVenture Seminar course that meets every Wednesday from 5-7 pm.


–––Who we are looking for–––
We’re looking for exceptional venture teams with the commitment and skills to solve an important problem for a large number of users. We favor teams that have worked with users, built prototypes, have recruited a team, and are taking advantage of available campus resources.

We support all ventures creating tech, social, commercial, or cultural value, and have supported teams working on mobile apps, medical devices, nonprofits, ag-tech, and more.

To qualify for the iVenture Accelerator, teams must have:
• 2-4 founders or management level teammates work in iVenture full-time for 10 weeks in the summer based in a Research Park co-working space. A majority of your team members must be UIUC students. Non-UIUC students do not receive stipends.
• A majority of your team must enroll in or audit a 3-credit hour iVenture Seminar course in Fall '19 and Spring '20. Offered as BADM395 and TE498.
• Be actively working on a venture creating tech, social, commercial, or cultural value.
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Staff

Ayush Kumar
Admin
Ayush Kumar iVenture Alum (iV3) Working on solving how we screen for cancer.
Benjamin Lough
Admin
Benjamin Lough Assoc.Professor SW
Daniel Gambrell
Admin
Daniel Gambrell Venture Capitalist
Gabe Price
Admin
Gabe Price iVenture Alum (iV4) A current Ph.D. candidate in soil microbial ecology with over 8 years working in the agriculture industry.
Jed Taylor
Admin
Jed Taylor Director TEC
John Quarton
Admin
John Quarton Senior Director
Laura Bleill
Admin
Laura Bleill Research Park Evangelist. Digital Entrepreneur.
Manu Edakara
Admin
Manu Edakara Lead iVenture Accelerator
Noah Isserman
Admin
Noah Isserman Faculty Director
Ryan Singh
Admin
Ryan Singh Social entrepreneur, higher ed intrapreneur, and consultant committed to creating and supporting ventures that address global challenges
Sarah Brincks
Admin
Sarah Brincks Program Fellow
Stephanie Larson
Admin
Stephanie Larson Assoc. Director TEC
Tom Parkinson
Admin
Tom Parkinson Venture Capitalist
Trisha Gupta
Admin
Wynne Korr
Admin
Amrit Singh
Admin
Amrit Singh "Miles to go before I sleep" - Frost

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