August Research Park Announcements

July 21, 2016
Category: Research Park


CEO Roundtable
The University of Illinois Research Park, LLC hosts a CEO Roundtable for Champaign Urbana technology firms. This event is designed for local technology firm company leaders to network to discuss the development of their small businesses. The event features a networking dinner to exchange information, learn best practices, and discuss opportunities. It serves as a quarterly forum as an opportunity for peer-to-peer business dialogue among technology business leaders in Champaign County.

The event is targeted for CEOs of Champaign-Urbana based high-tech companies with propietary and scientific technologies. Participation ranges from early stage new ventures to establish companies in the community, but it is focused on helping the leadership of entrepreneurial tech firms to learn from each other. Participants include leaders from software, cleantech, biotechnology, hardware, and other technical fields. The group has many consistent participants over the years, but also includess new participants each event that have begun new companies or been referred to the group by other participants. There is no formal membership or organization for the roundtable. 

This event will take place on August 9. If you would like to join the group, please contact Laura Frerichs at


CU Farmers
CU Farmers, a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), will begin selling products to University of Illinois Research Park members through an online ordering system on May 25th. The local farms involved in the CSA include Blue Moon Farm, Bane Family Meats and Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery.

How it works:

1. Visit

2. Click the “Shop” button in the menu bar between Friday morning at 8am and Monday at 8am each week (the store is only visible during this time)

3. Select the items and quantities you would like

4. Click “Checkout” to review and submit your order

5. Pick up your order in the Ameren building (2100 S Oak Street) at Research Park the following Wednesday from 4-6pm

6. Pay for your order at pickup

For weekly reminders to visit the shop, sign up for the CU Farmers mailing list here. For more information, visit All questions should be directed


Food Trucks at Research Park
Multiple food trucks are serving in various Research Park lots throughout the week. For the updated schedule, check here regularly. 



Event: Illinois Business Career Services
Location: Champaign, IL
About the Event: ILLINOIS Business Career Services is now accepting registrations for Fall 2016 Student Engagement Opportunities. This includes the career fair, on-campus interviews, skills development programs, etc.
Sponsor: Business Career Services

September 16-24
Event: The Pygmalion Festival
Location: Champaign, IL
About the Event: The Pygmalion Festival is an independently produced, multi-faceted, week-long celebration of culture. From its humble beginnings in 2005, and over the span of a decade plus, the festival has always remained true to its mission: showcase the best of what’s out there, alongside the best of what’s here.



Info Ag Conference, August 2-4, St. Louis
For more than 20 years, InfoAg has been the leading event in precision agriculture. In 2016, InfoAg and will be held in conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. ICPA focuses on science and research in precision agriculture and is attended primarily by academics and scientists from all around the world. In holding both conferences together we hope to bring together both audiences to gain a new perspective on precision agriculture. For more information, click here.