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Our programs transform "what if" to "what's possible" by bringing to life the next great advancement ideas and technologies.

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Sparks of Genius

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Fall '23 Sparks of Genius Sessions

Join us for an upcoming Sparks of Genius session (or many!) this fall. In-person…

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UIDEA S23 Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Spring 2023 batch of UIDEA, the accelerator intended to fuel innovation in advancement that benefits the University of Illinois. In addition to the growth and disruptive ideas UIDEA has always encouraged, the program is expanding this year in two ways:

  1. We want to see you act on any idea you have, not just those that haven't been done in the industry yet. If you have a best practice you think should be implemented here, let's do it. If you have a pain point in a current business process that you think should be improved, let's reimagine it. Teams with any ideas have access to the same coaching, advising, and resources available to all UIDEA…
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