Catharine Ingram joined the Technology Entrepreneur Center in February of 2018 with a background in coaching, architectural design, solar energy systems design, and public policy event production and leadership in the Silicon Valley. As the Program Coordinator at TEC, she supports the NSF I-Corps program and Cozad New Venture Challenge among other key programs on campus and in the Midwest entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Catharine earned her B.A. in Architecture and Urbanism from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and earned her M.S. in Strategic Brand Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The approach to brand development runs in lockstep with the lean startup methodology taught to entrepreneurs here on campus, and Catharine draws on this connection to bring deeper value to the student, alum, and faculty innovators she supports as they begin to build their own ventures from the ground-up.
As an active member of the community, Catharine enjoys being a connector and problem-solver. She sits on the core leadership teams of the Champaign County EMA Search and Rescue team, as well as Oakland, CA-based arts advocacy nonprofit, Artists United. She strongly believes in the triple-bottom-line approach to business (people + planet + profit), and is leaning on that as she develops her own sustainability-focused startup. She most enjoys the collaborative energy she finds among the students and staff at UIUC, and is thrilled to contribute to the individual and collective successes of the University of Illinois community. To learn more about Catharine, connect with her on LinkedIn.