Entrepreneurship

Quick Prep Tips for the Fall 2017 Business Career Fair

The Business Career Fair takes place on September 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Student Center East Illinois Rooms.  When preparing to make the most of your time with employers, ask yourself these three key questions. 1.) How will I prioritize the employers that I want to talk to? Look at the list of employers that will be at the fair the week before. There will not be time to speak to everyone, so rather than wandering around the room looking for a short line or a company name that you... read more

Juggling Coursework, Jobs, and New Ventures at UIC

Daniel Natsagdorj paid his way through UIC’s entrepreneurship program in part by working long weekend hours as a server at a River North sushi restaurant. When he enrolled at UIC, Daniel had nearly a decade of food service experience, so the server work was nothing new. But when he started the job, the sharing economy was relatively new; Uber had recently arrived in Chicago. It got Daniel thinking about how restaurants managed their delivery drivers. “In all my years of working at restaurants,... read more

New Offerings for Fall 2016: MBA 590 Foundations in Entrepreneurship

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in the resources that the Chamber of Commerce offers business and entrepreneurs, resources that include business planning, market research, assistance dealing with local governments, and much more. This fall, Liautaud students have the opportunity to explore these resources in MBA 590 - Foundations in Entrepreneurship, an 8-week course led by Florence Hardy, Director of the Illinois SBDC at the... read more

UIC Ventures Get Startup Boost

When it comes to launching ventures, the Startup Challenge goes well beyond the walls of UIC Business, inviting everyone in the UIC community to bring their best venture concepts to the table. The Startup Challenge is an annual program of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and though it has evolved in name and format over the last 11 years, the mission has remained the same: to turn ideas into viable businesses. This year, 56 teams took part in IES’s series of seminars, workshops,... read more

Points for Professional Development at UIC Business

The faculty of the Professional Development Program at UIC Business are here to support all UIC students, whatever their area of specialization. We offer the soft skills that help them stand out among professionals in their fields. Self-awareness, self-control, the ability to work in a team; these elements of professionalism raise students above their peers both in job searches and in the workforce. Our BA 100 and BA 220 Professional Development classes are required for freshmen and sophomores... read more

Calling All UIC Entrepreneurs: Apply for Campus 1871

Text by Abhinaya Konduru. UIC Business students interested in Chicago’s startup community can't afford to miss Campus 1871, which takes place April 8-10 in downtown Chicago. The Campus 1871 application is due Sunday, February 14th. What is 1871? 1871 is a nonprofit tech incubator on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart. The name comes from the year of the Great Chicago Fire, though not from the fire itself. “It’s about what happened next,” says 1871’s website, “a remarkable moment when the... read more

Getting connected to your college community - Interview with the founder of College Rising

  Shang Wu: I recently met Chris Kearney at UIC Career Fair. He started his own company after graduating from UIC with a bachelor degree in marketing. As a UIC MBA student with a marketing concentration, I took a deep interest in his story, which I think will be a great inspiration for all UIC students.   Shang Wu: You graduated from UIC. Can you describe your life as a student at UIC? Chris Kearney:  I transferred to UIC as a junior from the College or DuPage and JJC, and like many transfer... read more

Hands-on experience in Social Entrepreneurship at UIC Liautaud

Thank you to Sarah Agamah, Brett Czekaj, and Mackenzie Magnus for providing this blog post about your experience in Social Entrepreneurship 594. For those interested in entrepreneurship we highly recommend to take a closer look at this popular UIC Liautaud course within the Entrepreneurship concentration. During the Spring 2015 semester, students in Professor Maija Renko’s Social Entrepreneurship course were given the unique opportunity to tackle real problems in the social enterprise space. By... read more

Leo Burnett Company Visit with GMARK

                                                 Interested in advertising? This Wednesday, March 12, GMARK (UIC Graduate Marketing Association) will be visiting Leo Burnett, located at 35 West Wacker Drive. Catherine Yi, UIC alumni and Content Manager on the P&G account at Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, will be hosting the GMARK tour. Join us as we learn more about the field of advertising and the various departments at Leo Burnett. Also, Leo Burnett's internship application is due March 31; get... read more

UIC Science & Technology Fellow at IllinoisVENTURES

          Philippe Kirschey         Full-time MBA Candidate 2015, Entrepreneurship and Management         Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical Engineering         Undergraduate School: Bergische University of Wuppertal, Germany           Career goal: President of CENTA Antriebe Kirschey GmbH           Organizations involved with: MBAA, Innovation Incubator                                      UIC Liautaud recently partnered with UIC’s Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVENTURES to offer... read more

C2V Business Plan Competition - Transforming Concepts into Business Ventures (and Adventures too!)

If you’re familiar with the show Shark Tank, you can get an idea of what it was like at the 2013 UIC Concept2Ventures (C2V) Business Plan Competition on December 16-17. The C2V Challenge is an opportunity to pitch a business idea win cash prizes. A total of $10,000 was awarded to winning teams. Teams are placed into different tracks to present to a panel of distinguished judges. Our judges include serial entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and investors. One winner from each track advances to... read more

Pitch It To Win It! 2013 Concept2Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition Kicks Off Today

The UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies invites the UIC community to participate in the 2013 Concept2Venture (C2V) Challenge. The C2V Challenge is open to anyone in the UIC community – students, postdocs, alumni, faculty and staff. If you have an idea for a new business venture, join the 2013 C2V Challenge for your chance to win cash and prizes! A total of $10,000 will be awarded to winning teams. 2013 C2V CHALLENGE LAUNCH PARTY:  Today, October 7, from 4:30-6:00pm UIC Student Center... read more

This Just In! UIC Business to Offer Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans

SEPTEMBER 30 - The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration today announced a new university-based entrepreneurship program to support veterans returning to the Chicago area who want to lead new or existing business ventures. A pilot program will be run in spring 2014, and the free, non-degree, certificate program, called Veterans2Ventures, will launch next fall. “While there are many resources available to returning veterans, there is no university-based... read more

UIC Liautaud Alum’s Tech Company Named “Moxie Award Finalist for Startup of the Year”

Matt Gorniak, MBA 2002 Alum, is Co-Founder and COO of G2 Crowd, a new tech company that was named as a finalist of the “Moxie Award for Startup of the Year” this week presented by Built in Chicago and New World Ventures which gathers Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs. G2 Crowd is a tech startup that is directly competing with the well-known Gartner Magic Quadrants that rely on analysts and market research to rate a limited group of software companies. G2 Crowd has been featured in... read more

Business School Goes Beyond the Corporate World

Rebecca Meyer with her MBA teammates, Tom and Nilay, and their clients from the Collaborative Group. See more photos from this semester's MBA Social Entrepreneurship (ENTR 594) course by clicking here. Business school is not just preparation for the corporate world anymore. It was in Dr. Renko’s Social Entrepreneurship class where this was made evident. Beginning January, class teams were partnered with local social ventures to begin a semester long project. The assignment was simple:  each... read more

The REAL Life of an Entrepreneur: The French Model Conjecture

I’ve been asked a lot lately by my friends in corporate America what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Here’s what I say to them: Entrepreneurship is a beautiful French model whose name you cannot spell correctly (that’s right, we’ve all had trouble spelling it). She excites you. You want to go on dates with her, but she’ll make you work for it. Just when you think you’ve made progress with her, you find out she’s dating three other men more handsome and successful than you. She keeps you up at... read more

Concept2Venture and ThirtyFiveK: A Semester Review

This fall semester seems like such a whirlwind looking back on my Technology Ventures experience. Tony Mammana-Lupo, Alex Duchak and I formed a business (ThirtyFiveK), legally incorporated it, licensed a technology for use from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, recruited the inventor of our technology to be one of our company’s founding members, worked day and night, and sacrificed for our company. We kicked off the business plan competition circuit with UIC’s Concept2Venture... read more

High Stakes at the Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition | Dec. 17-18

The 8th Annual College of Business Administration’s Concept2Venture (C2V) Business Plan Competition helps undergraduate and graduate student teams from any of UIC's 15 colleges turn ideas into real businesses. The event provides students with an opportunity to pitch their business plans to potential investors and compete for awards exceeding $10,000 cash for their business ideas, plus in-kind service. This year's event welcomes a full lineup of guest speakers including: Cayse Llorens of Celeb... read more

Insights into Social Entrepreneurship with Net Impact

Net Impact recently had its kick off event for the fall of 2012. We were very pleased and excited to have the founder of Distant Village come and speak to us about sustainable business practices here in Chicago.  Rich Cohen is the founder of Distant Village. It is a company that makes sustainable packaging for a wide variety of products-from baby sheets to chocolates. All products are made of recyclable materials and are produced with artisans that are paid fair trade wages. It was interesting... read more

Innovation Incubator Kicks off Fall 2012 with a Visit to 1871

There may be some of you out there who don’t know what 1871 is. There may also be UIC Liautaud students who don’t know what Innovation Incubator is. If this is the case, well you are most certainly reading the right blog. For any Liautaud student who is interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, currently has their own start-up, wants to begin their own start-up, or is looking for people to collaborate with on their perspective business ideas, Innovation Incubator is the place for you.  We seek... read more