A recent study has shown that the number of Illinois university startup businesses have surged to a record high. Illinois universities produced 285 startups in 2016, which is up 95 percent from the previous year. From 2012 to 2016, Illinois universities produced more than 800 startups, which is up nearly 100 percent compared to 2009–2013, according to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition's (ISTC) annual report.
The annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference is an opportunity for faculty and students to attend workshops and share best practices in entrepreneurship as artists. This year's conference, held Feb. 24-25 in Lisle, Ill., featured the 8th annual SEA College Juried Art Show where Millikin students took home two awards.
The Xi Sigma chapter of Delta Mu Delta (DMD) International Honor Society in Business was installed at Millikin University during a ceremony held on Feb. 23 in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus.
Millikin's Tabor School of Business inducted 36 inaugural members during the ceremony, and two honorary members – Millikin President Dr. Patrick White and Millikin Provost Dr. Jeffery Aper.
BluSolar, a Millikin University student-led startup, recently placed runner-up at the Cleantech University Prize (UP) Pitch Competition in early February. The event was held at the Polsky Center for Innovation at the University of Chicago. BluSolar was one of eight innovative university-based cleantech companies in the Midwest competing for a chance to win $50,000.
Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) received a contribution of $10,000 from 300 Below, Inc. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The contribution will support the continued growth of the Institute's Undergraduate Fellows Program, which provides Millikin students with a stipend to perform real-world projects with commercial applications in collaboration with private companies.
Millikin University student-led startup BluSolar had an impressive showing at the Cleantech University Prize (UP) Pitch Competition on Feb. 9, finishing in second place. The competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, was held at the Polsky Center for Innovation at the University of Chicago, and featured eight innovative university-based cleantech companies in the Midwest competing for a chance to win $50,000.
Last fall, students from Millikin University's Tabor School of Business traveled to Denmark to compete in an innovation competition titled "Experts in Teams," hosted by the Business Academy Aarhus. More than 400 students participated in the competition including six Millikin students.
Entrepreneurial "collisions" are now an emphasis in the academic world, and they create energies and outcomes that are often quite unexpected, according to Julie Shields, director of Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship.
Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship will host Startup Weekend Feb. 10-12 at the Barnes Citizen Building, located at 236 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur, Ill. Activities are scheduled to run from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday.