Do you thrive on innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity? Then this is the living-learning community for you! Innovation features The Garage, a dedicated workspace that you will use as you develop your new businesses and projects. On-site staff members are available to assist as you navigate the ample entrepreneurial and creative resources on campus and in the surrounding areas.

Location and Contact

Fourth and fifth floors in Townsend Hall. Beginning in Fall 2024, the Innovation LLC will expand to include additional rooms on the third floor of Townsend Hall.
Contact Information
Phone: 217-333-0837

Programs and Fees

Innovation residents have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs throughout the year, including guest speakers, competitions, events, exclusive access to a 3D printing lab and a collaboration with TEC in the Grainer College of Engineering.

Annual events include:
Skills Workshops: students get hands-on with equipment in the Garage, Social Fuse.
Idea Fair: TE200 students formulate ideas and businesses throughout the semester and create
trade-show style presentations for a winner to be crowned.
How I Failed ...: Entrepreneurs share their stories with a focus on the mistakes they made along the
way and how they learned from them to become the great successes that they are today.

A fee of $276 to support the co-curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities in this community
is added to the academic year living costs.

Course Information

In addition to the required TE200 course, Students are strongly encouraged to also take at least one additional course on-site. There are several options, and we would be happy to talk with you about which course is best for your specific needs.

Innovation LLC Courses feature:

  • High-interest classes
  • Small class sizes (20 person max in most classes)
  • Priority enrollment in most on-site classes for LLC students

TE 200 Introduction to Innovation:
All first-year Innovation LLC students are required to take TE 200 Introduction to Innovation

In TE200, fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation will be explored in
new and existing businesses to help students develop a framework to evaluate innovation and
consider its application in their own academic and career interests.

For more information and to find courses offered in the LLC, see our LLC course listings. Here you can find class schedules, general education requirements and registration information.