University of Illinois Foundation
Building an online community of Illini entrepreneurs.

Like Bigfoot, the list of Illinois startups was a mythical compilation of examples heard far and wide across campus. LEADER used social media and digital advertising to dramatically grow the crowd-sourced collection of Illini-founded startups at


Scale Ongoing


Jed Taylor

  • S19

Katy Swanson

  • S19

Matt Wszolek

  • S19

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Design or pilot your idea in the S22 UIDEA batch.

What's your spark?

Dive deeper into the UIDEA program in What's the (big) UIDEA, the Course. Or refine your idea in the Idea Distillery.

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