Something bigger than yourself
Funding your Startup
By Jennifer Shike
August 31, 2018

When I think back to my undergrad days, some of my best memories are related to the teams and clubs I was a part of during my four years in college. There's just something about being a part of something bigger than yourself. I am so impressed by the variety of RSOs and clubs offered to students in the College of ACES. Regina Cortez, a graduate student in Food Science and Human Nutrition, is the president/founder of a new RSO in ACES - ACES IliniTech. I asked her to share a little more about this new opportunity for ACES students.

Who are ACES IlliniTech and what do we do?
ACES IlliniTech is a student RSO that is focused on agricultural and food technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to provide ACES students with the tools, network, and skills to become entrepreneurs. We also want to build relationships with startup companies, especially those in Research Park. 

We are the sister club to FaculTech, a similarly functioning student organization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rehovot campus, focused on the same issues with the same goals. We will be working closely with FaculTech by having joint events and will eventually have a student exchange to meet the members of FaculTech and also to get a better understanding of the tech/startup scene in Israel, which is quite robust. 

As of right now, there are over 400 startups in Israel that are solely focused on agricultural and food technology and we would like to understand what it is they do and how they do it. Our hope is that within the next couple of years, ACES students will be able to take all of the things they learn in their classes and apply it to something innovative and create a startup. We want ACES students to have success in this way. This type of programming has been offered in the College of Engineering and the College of Business, but not yet in the College of ACES so we are hoping to fill that gap!

For more information, contact Regina Cortez.