ISTC researcher selected for University of Illinois Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Sebastiano Giardinella, a project engineer with ISTC, has been selected to participate in the 2024 Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (FELP).

The University of Illinois Faculty Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (FELP) is a professional development program for faculty interested in entrepreneurship as a path to maximize the socio-economic impact of their research and scholarship. The specific goals of the program are:

  • Support entrepreneurship-oriented faculty in their development as entrepreneurs
  • Seed new venture creation from the “bench-up” and early-on in faculty research
  • Create and nurture a community of entrepreneurial faculty colleagues
  • Enhance diversity and inclusion among faculty entrepreneurs

Through these goals, FELP seeks to enhance the University of Illinois’ entrepreneurial ecosystem and nurture a vibrant entrepreneurial community across its campuses. The program is built to be an entry portal into faculty entrepreneurship, and its design is explicitly complementary to NSF I-Corps and other entrepreneurship resources available to faculty.