iVenture
Accelerator

Build Your Idea.

We enable 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.

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42% of companies started by female founders. 26% of companies started by minority founders.

Have an idea?

Startups That Started in Our Program

A diverse and inclusive program created for ALL students from the University of Illinois network...

Supporting Students

Focused on providing resources for personal and professional growth

Building Ventures

At Any Stage

Our student startups have raised millions (publicly) to support their growth and have gone on to Y-Combinator, HAX, TechStars, and more.

Creating Careers

For Future Success

iVenture teams employ over 100 people ā€” mostly professionals, and mostly in Illinois.

Supporting Stars

For a Greater Tomorrow

iVenture alums have been awarded many honors: Forbes 30-Under-30, Thiel Fellowships ā€” and even introduced President Obama.

Guidance Through ALL stages

From ideation to success our program is tried and tested.

Ideation

Understand

Help you connect and learn how to interview your future customer to find the root problem.

Validation

Test

Resources to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to get to the next step

Market

Grow

Coaching and feedback to scale strategically and successfully.

Non-Profit

Changing social-economic issues, providing resources to the less fortunate, ideas that evoke a positive change in the world are welcomed with open arms.

For-Profit

No matter if building (or want to) a hardware or software company, our deep expertise, and experience will be sure to have a positive impact.

For both - we are looking to support changemakers who believe in building something that can impact the world positively.

Knowledge

Sales, marketing, customer discovery, product development, procurement, a go-to-market strategy we can help. You will also receive training from the National Science Foundation.

Funding

$10,000 in funding for your venture. $2,500 stipend for 4 full-time team members. No equity is taken. You own everything you work on.

Mentorship

Access to amazing alums in diverse industries to help guide and push you on the correct path.

Peer Support

Collaborate with other students that have the same goal as you, and make lifelong friends. Join our 200+ alum-strong community.

Resources

Access to close to $300,000 worth of resourcing for your venture - including AWS credits.

Connections

Direct pipelines to top innovation hubs in Illinois such as mHUB and 1871.

Mentorship

Access to amazing alums in diverse industries to help guide and push you on the correct path.

Connections

Direct pipelines to top innovation hubs in Illinois such as mHUB and 1871.