BIG Weekends


BIG Weekend November 11-12, 2016: stARTups!

The theme of our next BIG Weekend will be stARTups: Startups in the Arts!  If you are interested in exploring the process of creating and developing a startup idea, or you are interested in the arts – or both – come join us for an exciting BIG Weekend where you’ll get the chance to showcase your creative side while putting together an outline and presentation for your next BIG idea.

Who: This BIG Weekend is open to all members of the UIC Community
What: stARTups!
Where: UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 400)
When: Friday, November 11, 2016 – 5:00pm-10:00pm and Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 9:00am-7:00pm

A sample BIG Weekend agenda can be found here.

BIG Weekends are intense, fun, hands-on introductions to entrepreneurship. You will meet others – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – interested in startups and solving interesting challenges through new business ventures.

You can participate fully with just over 24 hours of commitment, packed into a vibrant weekend beginning Friday evening and wrapping up Saturday evening. We’ll provide food, motivation, and a dynamic environment.

If you’re ready to explore entrepreneurship, try a BIG Weekend! Come whether or not you have a business idea. Come ready to lead or join a team. We will have interesting speakers, an Idea Board, and coaches ready to help you create a team and develop your proposal and present your startup venture. This is a great way to find a team to participate in our annual UIC Startup Challenge!

Experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, alumni and others will be speakers, coaches, and judges.

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BIG Weekend Recap: ENERpreneurship

At our ENERpreneurship BIG Weekend February 26-27, fifteen students participated in teams to present business ideas related to energy and sustainability.  The weekend opened with a keynote talk from Said Al-Hallaj, 2015 winner of the Clean Energy Trust Challenge and Chairman/CEO of All Cell Technologies.  The winning BIG Weekend team presented about a Smart Outlet that would help regulate and minimize energy usage in the home.
Said Al-Hallaj  BIG Weekend Winners