Entrepreneurship Forum

The campus-wide Entrepreneurship Forum highlights the breadth of entrepreneurial activities across campus for faculty, students, and academic professionals. This event allows attendees to participate in panel discussions, listen to keynote speeches by prominent members of the University of Illinois community and observe the announcement of the Cozad New Venture Challenge and Illinois Innovation Prize winners.

The Entrepreneurship Forum is hosted by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research, and organized by the Entrepreneurship Roundtable.

See below to see what we did in 2017!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

8:30-9:00 | Registration, Illini Rooms Lobby

9:00-10:20 | Siebel Center for Design Workshop: Developing New Curriculum (FOR FACULTY), Illini Room C

10:30-11:50 | Siebel Center for Design Workshop: Student Engagement with SCD (FOR STUDENTS), Illini Room C

11:00-12:00 | Registration, Outside 2nd Floor Ballroom

12:00-1:00 | Lunch | Remarks & Keynote, 2nd Floor Ballroom

  • Raj Echambadi, Senior Associate Dean MBA Programs & Strategic Innovation
  • Andrew Singer, Interim Director of Siebel Center for Design & Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC)
  • KEYNOTE: Charles Tucker, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Innovation

    Lunch sponsored by Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and OrangeQC

1:00-1:50 | From Idea to Paying Customer, 2nd Floor Ballroom

  • MODERATOR: Harlee Sorkin (Entrepreneur in Residence)
  • PANELISTS: Arielle Rausin (Ingenium), Jim Langer (SERIONIX), Sanjay Patel (Personify), Robin Berthier (Network Perception)

2:00-2:25 | Resources Available on Campus to Help Guide You Through Your Entrepreneurial Journey, 2nd Floor Ballroom

  • Jed Taylor (Technology Entrepreneur Center), John Quarton (Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership), Laura Frerichs (Research Park), Nathan Hoffman (Office of Technology Management), Nancy Sullivan (IllinoisVENTURES)

2:30-2:55 | Big Wins & Big Losses: Real Cases that Demonstrate Why IP Strategy is Crucial to Your Business, 2nd Floor Ballroom

  • Eric Ives, Patent Coordinator, Office of Technology Management

3:00-3:50 | You Have an Idea Now How are You Going to Fund It?, 2nd Floor Ballroom

  • MODERATOR: Jed Taylor (Technology Entrepreneur Center)
  • PANELISTS: Scott Carney (Diagnostic Photonics), Martin Burke (REVOLUTION Medicines), Marissa Siebel-Siero (IntelliWheels Inc.)

5:00-7:00 | Cozad New Venture Competition Kickoff Reception (INVITATION ONLY), Grainger Engineering Library 2nd Floor

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

9:00-10:00 | Registration, Illini Rooms Lobby

9:30-10:00 | Innovation Showcase Setup, Illini Rooms A & B

9:30-10:00 | Cozad New Venture Competition Judges Meeting (CLOSED MEETING), Illini Union 104

10:00-12:00 | Innovation Showcase & Cozad Judging, Illini Rooms A & B

11:30-12:30 | Cozad New Venture Competition Judges Meeting (CLOSED MEETING), Illini Union 104

12:00-1:30 | Lunch Panel: Where Innovation is Headed, 2nd Floor Ballroom

Lunch sponsored by Champaign County Economic Development Council and OrangeQC

1:30-2:15 | Illinois Innovation Prize Ceremony, Illini Room C

2:15-3:00 | Cozad New Venture Competition Finalist Team Presentations, Illini Room C

3:00-3:15 | 2016 Cozad Success Stories: Amber Agriculture, Cast21, Reconstruct, Illini Room C

3:00-3:15 | Cozad New Venture Competition Judges Deliberation (CLOSED MEETING), Illini Union 104

3:15 | Cozad New Venture Competition Winners Announced, Illini Room C

4:00-4:30 | Networking & Refreshments, Illini Union South Lounge