University of Illinois System


Entrepreneurship can be quite a tough road, especially for students. Juggling the demands of academics, financial constraints, and the uncertainties of starting a business can feel overwhelming.

Whether you're starting a home-based venture, diving into the gig economy, exploring small business ownership, or dreaming of tech startups and investor-backed growth, there are resources across each of the universities in the University of Illinois System to support you. The University aims to cater to a wide range of Entrepreneurs, From franchise investors to social entrepreneurs, consultants, content creators, or real estate enthusiast.

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Enroll in the Earn course to learn more about entrepreneurship through our Side Hustles & Small Businesses module.

Entrepeneurial Education Across the University of Illinois System


Entrepreneurship @ Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to several collaborative partners that provide a comprehensive entrepreneurship education ecosystem. Together, they create a robust environment for entrepreneurship education spanning across various colleges and disciplines within the University.

This collaborative approach enables students and aspiring entrepreneurs to access a wide range of resources, expertise, and opportunities, making Urbana a thriving hub for entrepreneurship. 


UIC Entrepreneurial Support Program

For Chicagoland entrepreneurs and UIC's students, faculty, and staff, UIC College of Business’ Entrepreneurial Support Program is your lifeline in tough business times. They provide invaluable assistance, including essential funding and tailored resources, to guide your venture toward success.  

SMMC is thrilled to collaborate with the Entrepreneurial Support Program on a range of educational initiatives, including an Earn-themed badge as part of their Venture Series


Center for Entrepreneurship at UIS

At UIS’ College of Business and Management, the Center for Entrepreneurship expands outreach to regional businesses, inspires student entrepreneurship, and supports ventures in central Illinois. Discover the mission behind fostering innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives. 

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