Startup City Scholars FAQ

Below are answers to common questions about the Startup City Scholars program. If you have a question you do not see answered below, send us an email.


Who is eligible to apply? 

Grainger Engineering undergraduate students of all majors with a minimum of a 3.2/4.0 GPA and sophomore standing. 

How do I apply? 

Learn about the application process and eligibility →

What are the steps after application?

Students should attend CNVC events to meet potential teammates and develop project ideas. Students looking to join teams can do so by attending these events. 

When will I know if I have been selected?

Groups/students will be notified in mid-November. Individuals interested in joining a team may do so until the program start date in early January, space permitting. 

Do I need to have a startup idea to participate? 

No, you may attend networking events and join a group with an existing idea. 

Are all applicants guaranteed acceptance into the program?

Acceptance is not guaranteed. Space is limited to approximately 20 students. 


Which classes can I take?

Receive credit through UIUC's TE 441 Engineering City Scholars: New Venture Creation  (2 credits), taught in-person at the University of Chicago.

When does class begin in Chicago? 

CNVC begins in the first week of January due to the University of Chicago's academic calendar. Please note this is several weeks before the start of the semester at Urbana-Champaign.


Will I be paid?

No. However, all Grainger College of Engineering students may be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship to cover travel expenses to their weekly TE 441 class in Chicago. This is not a paid wage, will be reported to Financial Aid, and will be distributed by the University of Illinois.