According to Google, entrepreneurship is defined as “the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.” Many students who come to Illinois are interested in starting their own businesses, or becoming an entrepreneur for an already established company. If that’s something you’re interested in as well, keep reading!
Illinois has a lot of resources for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. Firstly, there is our Entrepreneurship concentration, which is housed within the Management major in the College of Business. Also in the College of Business, we have the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (AEL). According to AEL’s website, its mandate is “to infuse entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking across every academic discipline of the University of Illinois, in curriculum development, in research, and in economic development and public engagement.” AEL also offers workshops and other events in partnership with other academic units and offices on our campus.
For those who are not in the College of Business, we have the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering. According to TEC’s website, its mission is to provide “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.” TEC offers classes, workshops, and much more! It also has a really great video regarding its program as well as other resources for entrepreneurs on Illinois’ campus that can be found here.
We also have a really informative website devoted to helping our students locate entrepreneurial opportunities on campus. It contains information regarding getting involved with entrepreneurship, start-ups, academics, and upcoming campus events. It also contains links to its partners EnterpriseWorks at The Research Park, Illinois Ventures, Innovation Living Learning Community (LLC), Office of Technology Management, and the two offices we just talked about, AEL and TEC.
As you can see, there are a TON of opportunities on Illinois’ campus for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. There are students on our campus right now who are founding companies that are tackling global issue such as sustainability, health inequality, and more. Hopefully you’re going to join them in the business world!