Technology Commercialization

The Technology Commercialization (TC) certificate program is designed for undergraduate engineering and science students. However, any University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign student may apply for the certificate.  Understanding the commercialization of technology is becoming increasingly critical for engineers and technologists.  With an emphasis on creativity and innovation, this certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base needed to explore the various options for commercializing technology. 

The goal of the certificate program is to help produce the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. The courses are designed to allow students to gain a general understanding of the technology commercialization landscape, then apply that knowledge in a practical manner to an innovation.

Students who wish to obtain a certificate in Technology Commercialization must:

  • Complete the required course, TE 360: Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship (1 hour)
  • Complete at least four credit hours of elective courses/activities from the following list:
    • TE 150: Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)*(*)
    • TE 200: Introduction to Innovation (1 hour)*
    • TE 250: High Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise (2 hours)***
    • TE 398: Innovation and Eng Design (2 hours)
    • GE 400: Engineering Law (3 hours)****
    • TE 401: Developing Breakthrough Projects (2 hours)
    • TE 450: Startups: Inc, Fund, Contracts, IP (3 hours)*****
    • TE 461: Technology Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
    • TE 466: High Tech Venture Marketing (2 hours)
    • Placement in the semi-finalist teams in the Cozad New Venture Competition (equivalent to 2 hours course credit)
    • Attendance of the Silicon Valley Workshop
      • Submission of 1-page essay about your experience submitted to TEC (equivalent to 1 hour course credit) is required
  • Maintain a 3.0 average or better in each of the courses that make up the certificate program in order for them to qualify for the certificate.
  • Processing fee: $50. Payment can be made online with a credit card or a check/money order can be mailed. These options are available to choose from in the online application.If payment represents a hardship, there is an option to waive the processing fee. When you go to apply for the certificate, in the payment options, you will see this as an option.

Once you've completed the requirements, please fill out the certificate application:



If you don't yet meet the requirements listed above but are interested in this certificate, please fill out this interest form and TEC will contact you periodically to follow-up on your progress.

*Courses restricted to LLC students.

**This course was previously called TE 298: Foundations/Entrepreneurship

*** This course was previously called TE 298: High-Tech Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise

****If completed prior to August 2014, students may count GE 400 towards this certificate. If taken after, GE 400 will not count towards this certificate.

*****This course was previously called TE 398: Legal Issues in Engineering Entrepreneurship

If you have any questions, please contact Terry Cole at

Technology Entrepreneur Center

Engineering at Illinois

351 Coordinated Science Lab, MC-228
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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