What is TEC?

The Technology Entrepreneur Center [TEC] provides students and faculty with the skills, resources, and experiences necessary to become successful innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who tackle grand challenges and change the world.

About TEC

TEC was created in 2000 as a center in the university and became a "Permanent Center" in 2007. Created to highlight the University’s rich history and culture of innovation, TEC continues to inspire its students to become the next generation of world-changing visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs.  This is accomplished through its courses, venture and product competitions, workshops and other curricular and extra-curricular events that expose students to the concepts of technology innovation and market adoption.

TEC offers on-campus and online courses and certificate programs and hosts outreach activities for students and alumni. TEC also administers the annual Cozad New Venture Challenge and the Illinois Innovation Prize, among several other programs. As of June 2018, the Office of the Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship oversees TEC.

TEC Overview Booklet

This booklet highlights our programs, academics, and campus and national collaborations as well as how we fit into the greater entrepreneurship ecosystem at Illinois. Click on the image below to view or download the pdf.

Our Mission

TEC helps students and faculty develop an entrepreneurial mindset to improve the world.


Technology Entrepreneur Center

The Grainger College of Engineering

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

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