Illinois Wesleyan
IDEA Center
Create the next big thing
A Chance to Innovate & Explore
As the innovation hub on Illinois Wesleyan University's campus, we have all the tools to help your dreams become a reality. Whether it be launching a startup, creating a prototype, working on a class project, or pursuing your hobby, let the IDEA Center be your home. Housed in the Memorial Center, IDEA Center programs and resources are available to anyone on campus and help create a rich entrepreneurial spirit. These programs provide resources such as funding, technical skills, building leadership and creativity, and networking opportunities.


Events & Activities
Get Started
Get Started
All IWU students are encouraged to participate in Get Started! Students can apply for seed grants of up to $500 to achieve their startup's next milestone.
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.
Be Breakthrough
19 Student-Run Business Launched
300 StudentsUse the IDEA Center monthly
We have all the tools you need
  • 3D printers
  • Laser cutter
  • Large and small vinyl cutter
  • Embroidery machine
  • Sewing machine
  • Knitting machine
  • 86" Touch Screen Computer
  • Adobe Suite software
  • Button maker
  • CAD software
Hours of Operation

Hours may vary due to holidays and summer/winter breaks.

  • Monday–Thursday 10am–10pm
  • Saturday 4pm–10pm
  • Sunday 4pm–10pm


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