iVenture is the educational accelerator for top student startups at the University of Illinois

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 innovationsocial venture, or cultural campaign, this accelerator equips you with the time, space, resources, and mentorship necessary to turn your idea into a scalable venture.

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

A full-equipped co-working space at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 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.

Clear Accountability

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

Engaging with Chicago Startup Ecosystem

Visits to mHub, 1871, Chicago Innovation Exchange, Matter, Chicago TechWeek, and other startups.

This is why I chose to study at the University of Illinois.

The Accelerator provides a unique experiential learning experience that embodies the University’s land grant mission – it continues the tradition of University of Illinois students innovatively putting their ideas into the world.

Mayank Kale

2015 - 2016 Fellow | CEO, Co-Founder of Blink

The program has been a huge resource for us.

It has been great to collaborate with both peers and professionals to help our venture reach its full potential.​

Uduimoh Omolu

Founder, The Mouve

The iVenture Accelerator helped us focus on what matters to get our venture off the ground.

It has allowed us to purchase the materials, electronics, and tools necessary to build our prototypes. iVenture gave me and the officers a solid business knowledge foundation over the course of one summer.

Juliana Snarski

Co-Founder, Kofman Technologies

​The Accelerator brings together teams working on creating social, cultural, and commercial value for the first time at the University of Illinois.

The iVenture Accelerator represents the joint efforts of a number of on-campus entrepreneurship units – each contributes their own expertise, networks, and capacity to provide the best experience for supporting University student ventures.​

Ryan Singh

Lead Coordinator - Entrepreneurship at Illinois Fellowship
gained at least one new key advisor
secured 1+ full-time advisors
secured new customers & key partnerships
ventures from past cohorts still active

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The iVenture Accelerator brings together the people, resources, and networks of Illinois’ cross-campus entrepreneurship units – these units make up the iVenture core committee, whose members work in collaboration to provide the iVenture fellows the best support possible.

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.

iVenture Space @ Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

611 Lorado Taft Dr., Champaign, IL 61820



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