Entrepreneurship in MechSE
Entrepreneurial students and faculty in the MechSE Department are supported by a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in The Grainger College of Engineering and across the University of Illinois campus. As an undergraduate or graduate student in MechSE, you have access to the many resources, work spaces, collaborative facilities, and faculty and staff supporters to help you get your creative ideas or innovative startup off the ground.
Success and Support
MechSE is a leader in translational research. Many of our faculty's discoveries in the lab and our students' work in the classroom have been translated into solutions that address real-world problems. A strong culture of support helps ensure innovative startups bring their great ideas to life. Below are just a few of the resources and facilities available to you starting on day one of your career at Illinois.
The new MechSE MakerWorks4—a 4,000-sq-ft 24/7 “makerspace”—features metal-working and wood-working machines, 3D printers, and much more. This innovative space in the new Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building is the place for forward-thinking student entrepreneurs.
The Siebel Center for Design, open to students across campus, offers a variety of workshops and courses, as well as the use of equipment and tools in their shop and makerspace to help people bring their ideas to life.
A degree in Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) teaches engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and leading efforts to provide engineering solutions.
Accelerating Women and underRepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE) is a program at the University of Illinois Research Park, providing support of entrepreneurs through training, counseling, and networking.
The EnterpriseWorks technology business incubator at the Research Park supports University of Illinois and community entrepreneurs in all stages of their startup journey.
Through programs that include the annual Cozad New Venture Competition and Social Fuse, among others, the Technology Entrepreneur Center helps innovative thinkers develop an entrepreneurial mindset.