April 15 2014

TEC at a Glance

Here are some interesting facts about TEC. The statistics included use the most recent data available.


  • The Technology Entrepreneur Center was created in 2000
  • 12 courses are offered in Technology Entrepreneurship, Engineering, as well as others
  • Four on-site and online certificate programs for education and professional development are offered
  • TEC has awarded over 200 professional development certificates to undergraduate and graduate students as well as engineering professionals
  • Since the Center’s inception, over 8,000 students have enrolled in courses offered through TEC

Outreach Overview

  • TEC administers the annual V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition and $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize for innovation
  • In Fall 2010 TEC developed the Innovation Living-Learning Community, which is dedicated to incoming students who are interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and look to create their own ideas and start-ups. It is home to 140 students and includes a Garage, which is a place for collaboration, idea storming and much more
  • TEC is working on creating a summer camp in 2012 to foster excitement around math, science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship at an early age
  • TEC began a Women in Innovation (WII) Program highlighting successful women working in technology and innovation
  • TEC collaborated with colleagues at the University of Michigan to establish an organization Midwest Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (MEEN) that provides a forum for sharing best practices and methods for overcoming challenges unique to Midwest engineering entrepreneurship centers

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