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“If you’re thinking of doing anything entrepreneurial, you need to participate in TEC programs and academics. TEC gives you the tools and resources you need to succeed in both startups and large companies. The skills I’ve learned have been invaluable at my internships at John Deere and Anheuser Busch, and with my own personal startup.”

 

CEDRIC VARGAS

Computer Science + Innovation, Leadership, & Engineering Entrepreneurship '21

TEC Startup Buzz

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Prenosis

Chicago, IL, USA

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Anemone

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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SwaTaleem

New Delhi, India

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Teneez

Chicago, IL, USA

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Greenlight Planet

Chicago, IL, USA

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Earnest Earth

Champaign, IL, USA

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Verge Pets

Champaign, IL, USA

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Optivolt Labs

Burlingame, CA, USA

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Touchlight Innovations

Brooklyn, New York, USA

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HexNest

Champaign, IL, USA

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Loom

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Mesh++

Chicago, IL, USA

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5000+

Participants in TEC's programs and academics annually

$2M

Has been awarded in cash and in-kind prizes for the Cozad New Venture Challenge since 2000

2017

TEC launched the new Innovation, Leadership, & Engineering Entrepreneurship dual degree in Grainger Engineering

470

Ideas pitched at SocialFuse since 2013