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You don’t know until you try

The first step to changing your life and pursuing your dreams is an application away. We are looking for ambitious students who want to be part of a community of innovators and game-changers. It’s OK if you don’t know everything because we provide the knowledge, funding, mentorship, peer support, and resources necessary to grow and scale your idea.

What Does It Involve?

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.

Network

Connect you 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.

Structure

Accountability of progress through regular goal-setting and accountability meetings with program staff. Regularly hosted workshops, talks, and office hours with experienced entrepreneurs, faculty, and leaders.

Course Credit

Receive continued support through our 3-credit hour iVenture Seminar course (BADM 395, Topics in Entrepreneurship )that meets every Wednesday from 5-7:30 pm.

Drive

Exceptional venture teams with the commitment and skills to solve an important problem for a large number of users.

Perseverance

Teams that have worked with users, built prototypes, have recruited a team, and are taking advantage of available campus resources.

Inclusive

Support for all ventures creating tech, social, commercial, or cultural value. We have supported teams working on mobile apps, medical devices, nonprofits, ag-tech, and more. Have a look at the ventures we’ve worked with thus far in iVenture cohorts.

Course Credit

Receive continued support through our 3-credit hour iVenture Seminar course (BADM 395, Topics in Entrepreneurship )that meets every Wednesday from 5-7:30 pm.

Inclusive

Support for all ventures creating tech, social, commercial, or cultural value. We have supported teams working on mobile apps, medical devices, nonprofits, ag-tech, and more. Have a look at the ventures we’ve worked with thus far in iVenture cohorts.

Get Started

We’re now looking to build out iVenture Accelerator’s 7th cohort!

Note this program will be remote.

Qualifications

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.

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, Topics in Entrepreneurship, in Fall and Spring. Offered as BADM395 and TE498.

Be actively working on a venture creating either tech, social, commercial, or cultural value.

Don’t have a team and looking to join?

Application

We have three application waves each year with the following deadlines:

Do not wait until the last minute.

WAVE 1

November 29th, 2021

@ 11:59 PM CST

WAVE 2

February 28th, 2022

@ 11:59 PM CST

WAVE 3

April 25th, 2022

@ 11:59 PM CST

Platform

Applications are completed online via the F6S platform. Applications should be submitted by one individual on behalf of your venture team.

Questionnaire

The application asks for questions about your venture, team, progress, and references.

Follow-Up

Program staff may follow-up for additional information, and finalist teams are invited for an in-person interview.

Don't Worry We Got Your Back

Every applicant is provided feedback on their application and can re-apply in the following wave. If re-applying, please notify Manu at (iventure@illinois.edu).

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