Illinois Wesleyan
Design, Technology & Entrepreneurship
Create the next big thing
A Chance to Innovate & Explore

For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship is no longer available as a major.  However, the Entrepreneurship minor and Product Design minor are both still available to all students.

The Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship (DTE) program at Illinois Wesleyan provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conceive, develop, and deliver products and services for industry, society, and the planet. This program incorporates creative and technical skills, material science, and finance and management. Students will make product prototypes, create business plans, and develop portfolios of their finished products. They will gain familiarity with basic scientific concepts useful for product design and the creative ideation process. Students will also gain experience rendering their product concepts using technical drawing skills and computer aided design (CAD) software. They will have the opportunity to fabricate prototypes using 3D printers, laser cutters, and other equipment. To round out the experience, students will gain experience in business processes, accounting, and marketing to help them take their products to market.

Be Breakthrough
Learning in the DTE program isn't just in the classroom
19 Student-Run Businesses Launched
3 Travel OpportunitesChicago, St. Louis, Spain and Italy
300 StudentsUse the IDEA Center monthly
Opportunities to Explore
IDEA Center
IDEA Center
All students have access to our state-of-the-art IDEA Center where they will invent, prototype, and launch their ideas into reality. You'll use new technologies, diverse equipment, and the opportunity to collaborate with highly motivated, like-minded individuals.
3 Day Startup
3 Day Startup
This annual event brings community members and students together to compete for seed money during an intensive weekend of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship Fellowship
Entrepreneurship Fellowship
If you have a strong business idea, are a passionate innovator, entrepreneurially minded and interested in developing your business idea, then submit your proposal for the IWU Entrepreneurship Fellowship for a chance to receive a $5,000 grant.
Think Big 
Choose your path

Students will select from one of the three following areas of concentration:

  • Product Design focuses on the aesthetics and interactions humans have with products.
  • Technology Design gives students experience with the technical – mechanical, electrical, and/or programming – aspects of products.
  • Entrepreneurship provides understanding of how ideas are brought to market.


In addition to a major in Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship, two minors are available: in Entrepreneurship and Product Design.

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