I understand the basics and am ready to dive deeper. What do you recommend?

These resources and programs are great for those who are ready to dive deeper into entrepreneurship.


For students and faculty

    The IDEA Lab provides space and technology for faculty and/or student collaboration for those working on projects in the area of innovation.
  • ILLINOIS I-CORPS - The University of Illinois is home to an official NSF I-Corps site, which is run by the Technology Entrepreneur Center and EnterpriseWorks (with participation from the Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVENTURES). Faculty and students working on STEM-related technology may apply to participate in I-Corps. Participants receive mentoring from local experts, learn the customer discovery process, and receive up to $2,000 in seed funding. Participants also dramatically improve their chance for equity-free funding with SBIR grants.
  • ILLINOISVENTURES IllinoisVENTURES helps to start and build businesses based on innovations from the University of Illinois. They work with companies and technologies at the very earliest stages of their development and offer proof-of-concept grants, seed funding, and venture capital.
  • I-START ACCELERATOR PROGRAMI-Start is a Research Park program for University of Illinois-affiliated entrepreneurs that have a strong potential for technology commercialization. A suite of first-year professional services are included for I-Start awardees.
  • LICENSING AND DISCLOSURE – The Office of Technology Management can help you understand how to protect your innovation through licensing and disclosure.
  • SHARE THE VISION – Whether you’re working on emerging technologies or have your own technology startup, you could have the opportunity to present or demo your work. Share the Vision is an Office of Technology Management event.


For students only


For faculty only

  • ILLINOIS PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PROGRAM (I-POC)I-POC, offered through the Office of Technology Management, funds development projects that demonstrate an innovation’s market viability to potential investors and partners.