Startup City Scholars Application Process

Interested in the Spring 2021 program? Check your eligibility and begin the application process by submitting this form.

1. Determine you are eligible

Startup City Scholars is open to Grainger College of Engineering undergraduate students of all majors with an interest in entrepreneurship who have at least Junior credit standing.


  • 3.2 GPA
  • Junior or Senior credit standing
  • Required courses:
    • CS students should have completed CS233. Completion of CS241 is highly recommended.
    • ECE students: there are no required courses.
    • Other Engineering majors: you must be able to make a full course schedule using the City Scholars courses and courses offered online. Your participation will require department approval.

2. Submit Interest Form

Interested students must submit this online form to begin their application process.

Interest forms are reviewed on a rolling basis by a faculty committee. Students will be notified if they are eligible to participate and eligible to receive the scholarship by Nov. 20th. Eligibility does not guarantee selection for the program.

3. Participate in events and activities hosted by University of Chicago’s CNVC program.

Stay on top of events throughout Fall 2020 to find teams/teammates and fine-tune your CNVC project application.
This Google Doc has a list of teams who are actively seeking teammates for CNVC Spring 2021. Also, you can attend any of the Quick Pitch events listed on the Polsky website.

4. How to be selected for the class

Enter my team in CNVC

  • Learn more and submit official proposal for a University of Illinois student-led project on the CNVC website. DEADLINE: Nov. 20th
  • Submitting a project proposal means you intend to join the Startup City Scholars class if accepted.

Find or join a CNVC team

  • Attend all networking events hosted by CNVC throughout Fall 2020.
  • If you join a team prior to November 20th they should list you on their application. If that team is chosen, you will be accepted to the City Scholars class.
  • You may also join a team after the November 20th deadline. Attend the CNVC Phase 2 Kickoff on December 1st to meet teams selected for the program. If an accepted project invites you on to their team you can be admitted into the class and granted a scholarship (as scholarships are still available, first come first served for eligible students and teams).

5. Acceptance into Startup City Scholars Program

TEAM APPLICATIONS will be notified shortly after November 20th if their team has been selected to participate.

INDIVIDUALS LOOKING FOR TEAMS should join the December 1st event and attempt to identify a team to join by January 6th. An admitted CNVC team should officially request your participation by emailing the UIUC Course Instructor: John Thode at

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