Friday, November 13, 2009

UIUC: Use Knowledge Gained in Class and Community to Innovate!

by Ann Abbott

“Dear Colleagues:
"As many of you know, this is the time of year when the Technology Entrepreneur Center launches the annual V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition. TEC and the Academy have collaborated on the event for a number of years now, and for the past three years, we have kicked off the Competition with a great event called “speed teaming.” Modeled after “speed dating,” the Cozad speed teaming event allows students with ideas for a venture to meet and talk to students who may not have an idea, but who would nevertheless like to be a part of a team and compete. Many, many students have valuable skills that they could bring to a team: great writing, a capacity for finance, marketing, excellent oral presentation skills, research abilities, etc. Students from many disciplines have participated in Cozad in the past, and the experience is transformative!

"All students across campus (and at Parkland) are welcome to participate; only one member of each team must be a UIUC student. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. For-profit and not-for-profit ventures compete – and social ventures have won the Cozad Competition in the past!

"The Cozad Competition is now in its tenth year, and has launched a number of successful student ventures. Please encourage your students to apply, but the speed-teaming event is next Monday, and registration for that event is limited, and closes this coming Friday!!! More details are available on the enclosed flyer….

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me, or Rhiannon Clifton, the Assistant Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (

Thank you all for your support!


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