Accelerating University of Illinois Student Entrepreneurs

The iVenture Accelerator enables student-led startups to create economic and social value by supporting student entrepreneurs with knowledge, funding, and access to world-class University of Illinois resources and alumni.

Launched in Summer 2015, the iVenture Accelerator supports a class of the universities top student startup teams to spend the summer on campus with the time and support they need find product-market fit, build prototypes, pilot programs, build key partnerships, and scale. Whether you are creating a technological innovation, social venture, or cultural campaign, this accelerator equips you with the time, space, resources, and mentorship necessary to turn your idea into a scalable venture.



Startup Support

Early-stage financial support

$2,500 stipend per Fellow and up to $10,000 in seed funding per startup.

Expert Coaches and Advisors

Great startups need great advisors. We link our teams to rockstar entrepreneurs, VCs, professional services firms, and University subject matter experts.

Co-Working Space @ Research Park and Grainger Library

A fully-equipped co-working space at Research Park and the Grainger Library designed to maximize productive collisions between Fellows and the broader community.

Workshops and office hours

A range of workshops taught by our community of experts, including esteemed faculty from the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, and Social Work.

Engaging with Chicago startup ecosystem

Visits to 1871, Chicago Innovation Exchange, Matter, Chicago TechWeek, and other startup visits.

Clear accountability

Combination of Fellows, Coordinators, Coaches, and Advisors support each startup to drive progress towards accomplishing milestones.

Be in touch!

If you would like to advise our teams, give a talk or a workshop, support the program financially, or ask for more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Contact Us

Manu Edakara

Come visit!

iVenture Space @ Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 Lorado Taft Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

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