The University of Illinois has a vibrant and rapidly evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and there are many partners across campus that work together to provide academic support and resources to students and faculty. Please watch the following Academic Entrepreneurship at Illinois video to learn more.
Browse and discover the breadth of entrepreneurial courses available at the University of Illinois.*
|College||Course #||Course Name||Instructor|
|Business||BADM 332/532/533||Product Development for Sub Marketplaces||Viswanathan, M||4|
|BADM 395/TE 498||iVenture Seminar: Topics in Entrepreneurship||Isserman, Noah||3|
|BADM 395||Making Things||Rindfleisch, Aric||3|
|BADM 446||Entrepreneurship Small Business||
Isserman, Noah/ Bercovitz, Janet
|BADM 551||Managing Intellectual Property||Bradley, Joe||2|
|Engineering||TE 150||Foundations in Entrepreneurship||TBD||3|
|ENG 198||IEFX Projects||Bradley, Joe||1|
|TE 200||Introduction to Innovation||Singh, Ryan||1|
|TE 230/ARTD 230||Design Thinking/Need-Finding||Weightman, David||3|
|TE 250||High-Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise||Sorkin, Harlee||2|
|TE 298/598||Communication for Tech Innovators||Sorkin, Harlee||1|
|TE 298||Decoding Dr. Dre||Patterson, William||1|
|TE 298||Introduction to Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship||Litchfield, Bruce||1|
|ECE 307||Techniques for Engineering Decisions||Gross, George||3|
|TE 333/598||Creativity, Innovation, Vision||Litchfield, Bruce||4|
|TE 360/460||Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship||Singer, Andy||1|
|TE 398 F||Boostrap to VC: A Practical Guide to Fund Your Startup||Sorkin, Harlee|
|GE 361||Emotional Intelligence||Spencer, Gayle||3|
|TE 398||From Bootstrap to Venture Capital: A Practical Guide to Funding Your Startup||Sorkin, Harlee||2|
|TE 398 WP||Hip Hop Entrepreneurship||Patterson, William||3|
|TE 398 PSC||Innovation and Engineering Design||Carney, Scott||1 to 3|
|TE 401||Developing Breakthrough Projects||TBD||1 to 4|
|TE 450||Startups: Inc, Fund, Contracts, IP||Barich Joe||3|
|TE 461||Technology Entrepreneurship||Lilly, Brian||3|
|TE 466||High-Tech Venture Marketing||Shabbir, Shahbaz||2|
|ABE 469||Industry-Linked Design Project||Zahos, Steve||4|
|TE/ENG 497||Independent Study||TBD||1 to 4|
|ME 498||Bioinspired Design||Wissa, A||3|
|TE 498||Leading Sustainable Change||Spencer, Gayle & Hoag, Beth||3|
|TE 565||Technology Innovation and Strategy||Chopra, Sanjiv||2|
|TE 566||Finance for Engineering Management||Lilly, Brian||2|
|TE 567||Venture Funded Startups||Chopra, Sanjiv||1|
|Fine and Applied Arts||FAA 310||Professional Development||Plante, Michele||2|
|ARTD 401||Industrial Design V||Shin, Sung Soo||4|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||ECON 483||Economics of Innovation and Technology||Chalioti, E||3|
|SPAN 332||Spanish & Entrepreneurship: Languages, Culture & Communities||Abbott, Ann||3|
|School of Social Work||SOCW 321||Social Entrepreneurship & Social Change||Isserman, Noah||3|
|SOCW 380||Advanced Social Startup Launch||Isserman, Noah||3 to 6|
|SOCW 521||Leadership and Social Change||Camp, Donna||4|
*Please note that some courses listed may have departmental restrictions.
BS Degree in Innovation, Leadership & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE)
The BS degree in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship (BS ILEE) program is intended for engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide for their engineering solutions. A unique aspect of this degree is the inclusion of project-based experiential credits, whereby students must earn four and no greater than 16 credit hours of experiential learning. This is credit that is approved, supervised, and coordinated by an Illinois faculty member. At this time, the BS degree in ILEE is only available as a dual degree for COE students.
For more information about this degree, click here.
By taking a variety of the entrepreneurial courses listed above, students can obtain a certificate offered by the Technology Entrepreneur Center.
- Innovation Certificate
The Innovation Certificate program is designed for students whose interests and abilities are in entrepreneurship, innovative product design, and transformative technical products and services. The program consists of a set of courses that have been designed to encourage students to become more innovative and to generate ideas that have the potential to be breakthrough new products.
- Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate
The Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) certificate program is designed for undergraduate non-engineering students. The requirements consist of a combination of classroom and experiential aspects of innovation, leadership, and engineering entrepreneurship. Students receiving the ILEE certificate will have a set of skills that will enable them to be valuable contributors within small companies, launch own ventures, or be innovative and entrepreneurial leaders within larger corporations.
- Technology Commercialization
The Technology Commercialization (TC) certificate program is designed for undergraduate students. With an emphasis on creativity and innovation, this program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base needed to explore the various options for commercializing technology.
- Business Management for Engineers
The Business Management for Engineers (BME) certificate is a graduate level program designed for students with an engineering or technology background who aspire to rise in management, make higher level strategic business decisions, and hone leadership skills. These courses are applicable to students who are/want to be entrepreneurial in starting a company, working for a start-up, or bringing business management skills into their career at an existing company.
- Strategic Technology Management
The Strategic Technology Management (STM) certificate program is designed for graduate level students with an engineering background who aspire to lead a venture, make higher level strategic technology/business decisions, and develop leadership skills. From an innovation viewpoint, this certificate program will provide students with the understanding and the tools to incubate new ventures and participate in the process of innovation and market adoption within corporate environments.