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Ignite Fellows

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The Ignite Fellows Program pairs interested master’s and doctoral students with industry-related startups at 1871 to spark innovative thinking and increase access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago. Students gain hands-on experiences learning about the startup culture and apply advanced knowledge through non-academic opportunities to support startups with one defined project.

Up to three fellows will be selected for the 12-week pilot program who will each receive a $5,000 stipend from UIC Innovation to participate. The application deadline has passed for Spring 2024. Check back in the fall for the Spring 2025 application link. 


The UIC Innovation team will work with the 1871 team to identify Chicago-area startups that would benefit from and/or have interest in working with a UIC student on a specific project.

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