Chicago Booth Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Room 621 – Chicago, IL
Who: Open to the public
Hosted by: The Chicago Booth Built@Booth Club and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Are you passionate about machine learning (ML) and venture capital (VC)? Want a deeper understanding of why VCs and companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple are investing billions in ML? The Chicago Booth Built@Booth Club and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are hosting the first annual Chicago Machine Learning and Venture Capital Summit to connect: VCs and the ML CEOs they invest in; cutting-edge researchers discovering the tech of tomorrow; entrepreneurs building teams and seeking funding; and name-brand companies and the software engineers they’re looking to hire. Representatives from sponsoring firms Microsoft and IBM will deliver opening and closing remarks. Secure your spot today! We are expecting a capacity crowd, and early bird tickets will set out quickly! Visit our website, and join our mailing list to stay up to date on additions to the agenda.

Questions: Contact Cayse Llorens at

iVenture Student Startups

Apply by February 5

The iVenture Accelerator enables student-led startups to create economic and social value by supporting student entrepreneurs with knowledge, funding, and access to world-class University of Illinois resources and alumni.

Launched in Summer 2015, the iVenture Accelerator supports a class of the universities top student startup teams to spend the summer on campus with the time and support they need find product-market fit, build prototypes, pilot programs, build key partnerships, and scale. Whether you are creating a technological innovation, social venture, or cultural campaign, this accelerator equips you with the time, space, resources, and mentorship necessary to turn your idea into a scalable venture.


Startup Career Fair

February 7-8, 2017
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Illini Union – 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL

The world’s top companies are drawn to Illinois because of our global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education. The Illinois environment offers a distinctive combination of the brightest people and a unique culture of collaboration and innovation. Engineering Career Services hosts over 200 companies with over 3,500 students in attendance at our spring fairs (over 500 companies and 7000 students at our fall fairs). One of the many reasons why you should attend the ECS Engineering Career Fair and connect with top talent at Illinois.

Meet your next co-founders at SocialFuse!

March 7, 2017 – 7:00pm – Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB), Room 612, Urbana, IL —

In conjunction with our partnership with the University of Chicago, now known as the 131 Alliance, TEC will stream a workshop: Killer Marketing to Break Through the Noise on Monday, February 20 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab (Lower Level). Learn how to create phenomenal marketing materials that engage your potential customers, compel them to act, and stick in their head. RSVP today to attend!

The fourth and final SocialFuse for the 2016-2017 academic year will take place on Tuesday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Room 612. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, looking to add members to your team or have skills that could benefit others, RSVP to attend today! The deadline to apply to pitch is March 1st! Learn more about SocialFuse from TEC.

Cozad New Venture Competition: Intent to Compete Now Open

The Cozad New Venture Competition (CNVC) is designed to encourage students to create new businesses. Teams are invited to create a venture around a topic of their choice. Read more about the winners of the 2016 CNVC!

The competition process offers teams assistance in the form of: mentors to help guide them through the phases of venture creation, workshops to help with idea validation, pitching skills, customer development, and more as well as and courses to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Teams who make it to the finals round of competition will have the opportunity to meet with venture capitalists, early stage investors and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges. The judges will determine up to 8 finalist teams that will present their ventures at the finals event. This year, these teams competed for nearly $200,000 in funding and in-kind prizes.

The co-founding team must consist of at least 30% University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and the overall team should be at least 50% students (from any institution). Non-students may be members of the co-founding team and participate in planning the venture, but only Illinois students may present the plan and answer questions from the judges in all rounds. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter the CNVC. Students can serve on multiple teams.

Read full details on the TEC website.