The deadline to apply for the Startup Accelerator program is fast approaching December 1! Every spring semester, the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship collaborates with Stuart School of Business to offer this tailored program that equips students with the necessary tools and support to jump-start their ventures. Join the ranks of numerous student-created startups that have thrived after going through the accelerator program!
Why Should You Apply?
- Ultimate Resume Builder: Beyond gaining priceless entrepreneurial skills, this experience is an unbeatable addition to your resume, enhancing your professional profile regardless of your career path.
- Academic Credit: Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll in this program (BUS 595-01 or IPRO 497-401) and earn credit as part of their degree requirements—a win-win situation!
- Real-World Expertise: Our Startup Accelerator connects you with industry experts from both within and outside Illinois Tech, providing you with invaluable insights and mentorship.
- A Chance At Real Money: At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your startup to a panel of real Chicago-area investors and entrepreneurs during the Kaplan Pitch Tank. And the best part? We’re giving away over $50,000 in prizes!
Don’t wait for that “lightbulb” moment to strike—create it yourself! We welcome all experience levels and students can apply more than once. The earlier you apply, the sooner we can provide feedback to help you put your best foot forward. Click below to view the application instructions and be sure to submit your application by December 1!