Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop
Every year, the Technology Entrepreneur Center and The Grainger College of Engineering send a select group of students to Silicon Valley during winter break for a week long technology entrepreneurship workshop that includes visits to startups and leading technology companies.
Silicon Valley & Beyond!
Boost your career or startup with lessons learned from some of the biggest players in entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital.
Spend January 12-14, 2021 with prominent entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs as they share their startup journeys and experiences, and answer your questions about careers and entrepreneurship. Past and future attendees are welcome to apply!
Agenda | January 11-14, 2021
Monday, January 11
- 10:00-11:00am CT: Meet ‘N Greet
Tuesday, January 12
- 11:50 – 2:00pm CT: “Finding Your 'Why' or Your Passion”
- 5:50 – 8:00pm CT: “How Do You Find the Right Problem to Solve?”
Wednesday, January 13
- 4:50 – 6:00pm CT: “Idea Validation”
- 6:50 – 9:00pm CT: “Funding 101”
- 20 min. Discussion
- 40 min. Q&A with Audience
- Moderated by Andrew Singer, Faculty Fellow for Research, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship Strategies for the UIUC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
- 8:00 – 9:00pm CT: Debrief, Notes, & Coffee Chat with Your Small Group
Thursday, January 14
- 11:50am – 3:00pm CT: “How to Pitch to a VC” – Workshop with TiE Silicon Valley
- 20 minute workshop
- 20 min Q&A with audience
- 45 minute pitch session
- 2:00 – 3:00pm CT: Debrief, Notes, and Coffee Chat with Your Small Group
- 3:30 – 4:00pm CT: Open Chat with all Speakers on Discord
About the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop
The Technology Entrepreneur Center and The Grainger College of Engineering annually sends a select group of students to Silicon Valley during winter break for a week long technology entrepreneurship workshop that includes visits to startups and leading technology companies. This year’s event will be virtual which gives us a chance to feature alumni from tech hubs beyond Silicon Valley.
The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop exposes students to technology entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership, and continues to build an entrepreneurial community at Illinois. Students return to campus inspired and ready to b
ring back the skills and knowledge they learned to the Illinois community.
The trip features corporate leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs in various stages of a startup lifecycle. Students also have opportunities to network with prominent entrepreneurial Illinois alumni and develop career boosting skills that will help make them stand out among the crowd.
We invite you to watch some of our past videos to get an idea of who our speakers may be. Past speakers include Max Levchin, Jeremy Stoppelman, Tom Siebel, and Sundari Mitra with visits to companies like Tesla, Yelp, a16z, Twitter, LinkedIn, Bloom Energy, and many more.
For more information contact Stephanie Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must be full-time University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students for the full academic year, August 2020-May 2021. TEC reserves the right to accept applications after the deadline should all available spaces not fill by that time. Since this event is virtual this year, we may decide to accept more students than in previous years. If you have ever thought about attending this workshop, this is the year to apply! If you have attended in the past or want to do so in the future, you should apply for this year, too.