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

Building Ventures

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

Creating Careers

iVenture teams employ over 60 people — mostly professionals, and mostly in Illinois.​

Supporting Stars

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

Early-stage Financial Support

$2,500 stipend per Fellow and up to $10,000 in seed funding per startup + over $300,000 worth of resources for early stage ventures.

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 & 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.

  • It’s great being around other entrepreneurs.

    I’ll be at the iVenture Accelerator at 10 pm on a Tuesday night or early Sunday morning, and I’ll look to my left and right, and everybody’s here. […] I received office space, a little bit of money, and access to amazing people which helped take HexNest from a research project to a scalable company entering a surprisingly big industry.

    Mark Van Den Avont

    Founder of HexNest
  • 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
  • ​It is amazing, and humbling, to see the creativity

    and drive these young entrepreneurs have and I am excited to see how quickly the program is growing

    Anna Fridman

    Co-Founder and General Counsel at Spring Labs

Passionate about entrepreneurship at Illinois?
Talk to us!

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.

Manu Edakara, Program Director


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.