February Research Park Announcements

February 15, 2017
Category: Research Park
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Thursday, February 165-6:30PM
Event: Reverse Career Fair
Location: 2100 South Oak Street
About the Event: The University of Illinois Research Park will host its second annual Reverse Career Fair. The event allows student organizations to show Research Park companies what they have to offer and how the companies can engage with them and their constituents. The connections built between student organizations and the Research Park companies can lead to networking events, possible funding opportunities, speaking engagements for the group, and more. See info from last year at http://www.researchpark.illinois.edu/reverse-career-fair
Sponsor: Research Park

Wednesday, February 225:30-7PM
Event: Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit Reception
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: Join us for the reception on Wednesday before the 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Meet AgTech startups from across the Midwest who are attending the Midwest I-Corps Node AgCorps program and learn about beer entrepreneurs from Savoy, Tryptych. Free. Open to all.
Sponsor: College of ACES, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations

Thursday, February 23, 8am-5pm
Event: AgTech Innovation Summit
Location: I-Hotel and Conference Center
About the Event: Modern agriculture is being transformed by a confluence of advancing technologies. As a result, record-breaking investments in the sector are supporting new ventures. The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering, and technology intersect, and is on its way to becoming a hub of agriculture entrepreneurship activity. Subscribe to our AgTech Innovation Summit mailing list to stay up to date on speakers, panel subjects and more. 
More information can be found here.
Please click here to register. 
Sponsor: College of ACES, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations. 

Tuesday, February 2812-1PM
Event: Meet and Greet with Jenny Kim
About the Event: Research Park employees are invited to a Meet and Greet with Jenny Kim, our new Assistant Director for Talent and Programming. Before joining the EnterpriseWorks, Jenny served as the Assistant Director for Employer Outreach at the Graduate College Career Development Office where she lead efforts to build employer relations and create opportunities for student and employer interactions. Jenny earned a Bachelors in Biology and recently completed her PhD in Neuroscience, both right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In honor of Fat Tuesday, a Mardi Gras-themed lunch will be served. First come, first served.
Sponsor: Research Park
Wednesday, March 112-1PM
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: Please join us for the first of a three-part series on applying for Small Business Innovation Research grants. Did you know that in 2016, Champaign-Urbana received 28% of the SBIR awards that went to companies in the State of Illinois? SBIR grants provided non-dilutive funding for innovative small businesses for research and development purposes. Join us for an SBIR 101 presentation by EnterpriseWorks Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jed Taylor, where you will learn the basics of the SBIR application process. Lunch will be served. 
Sponsor: Research Park
EnterpriseWorks Starts Work on New EDA Grants to Help Foster Entrepreneurship Across Illinois
EnterpriseWorks has been awarded two grants from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) which will further entrepreneurship across the state of Illinois. A five-year Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant for $549,620 will advance incubators and entrepreneurial ecosystems associated with higher education across Illinois. EnterpriseWorks will provide assistance to other higher education incubators and entrepreneurial spaces located across Illinois, including many in economically distressed counties. EnterpriseWorks also has been awarded a University Center Grant to provide direct assistance to downstate Illinois entrepreneurs, with $270,000 over five years. Marissa Siero, co-founder of IntelliWheels, has been hired as the new Incubation and Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator at Enterpriseworks to implement these grants across Illinois. Contact Marissa at siebel2@illinois.edu.
Introducing Jenny Kim: New Assistant Director for Talent and Programming
Please join us in giving a warm Research Park welcome to Jenny Kim, our new Assistant Director for Talent and Programming. Jenny has assumed many of Dana Cohen’s responsibilities. Please contact her regarding questions about hiring employees, making connections on campus, and furthering our mission to build community in the Research Park through educational, networking, and recruiting events. Before joining the Research Park, Jenny served as the Assistant Director for Employer Outreach at the Graduate College Career Development Office where she lead efforts to build employer relations and create opportunities for student and employer interactions. Jenny earned a Bachelors in Biology and recently completed her PhD in Neuroscience, both right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please come to EnterpriseWorks to meet Jenny on Feb. 28 at lunch. In honor of Fat Tuesday, a Mardi Gras-themed lunch will be served. Email Jenny at jskim3@illinois.edu.
TDFC IV Coming Out of the Ground 
Astute observers of the Research Park will notice the progress of TDFC IV, the newest building in the Research Park, near the corner of Hazelwood and Fourth Street. The primary occupant of this building will be the College of Engineering; construction is scheduled to be completed by August. The Mixed Use Building is scheduled to begin construction in Spring 2017 by Fox/Atkins Development.
Trivia Comes to Research Park 
Grab your colleagues and head over to Houlihan’s for some trivia fun. A $50 Houlihan’s gift card will be given away at the end of the night. Houlihan’s will be running half-priced appetizers and drink deals for Research Park guests. Future dates: March 2 and March 30
Wednesday, February 164-7PM
Location: Coordinated Science Lab (CSL)
About the Event:
For Companies:
Take this opportunity to participate in this year’s CSLSC Job Fair. This is a one-of-a-kind job fair on an elite campus, targeting graduate students with expertise in variety of fields including machine learning, signal processing, control theory, bioinformatics, networks, and systems. Sponsor companies of the conference will have right to take place in the job fair with no additional cost! 
Sponsor: Engineering at Illinois

Tuesday, February 2112-1PM 
Event: Fox Family Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lecture
About the EventDr. Harold Craighead is a Professor in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. He is a pioneer in nanofabrication methods and applications of engineered nanosystems. He is also the Co-founder of Pacific Biosciences.
Location: IGB Conference, 1206 W. Gregory, Urbana, IL
Sponsor: IGB
Thursday, February 23
Event: Civil and Environmental Engineering Spring 2017 Job Fair
Location: Crane Bay of Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, 205 North Mathews Ave, Urbana
About the EventFor information, please see http://cee.illinois.edu/corporate/cee-job-fair.
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Tuesday, March 75-7PM
Event: SocialFuse
Location: Institute for Genomic Biology Room 612, 1206 W. Gregory, Champaign
About the Event: SocialFuse is a recurring pitching and networking event that brings students, faculty and community together from a variety of majors and backgrounds and fuses them through skills, ideas and entrepreneurial ambition.  Attendees can pitch their startup ideas, find teammates, improve presentation skills and get feedback. The event begins with a round of short pitching and idea sharing followed by informal networking. Register to pitch by March 1.
Sponsor: Technology Entrepreneur Center

Tuesday, April 4, all day
Event: Ninth Annual Illinois Recruiters' Forum
Location: I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
About the event: Want to learn about innovative approaches to recruiting on the Urbana-Champaign campus? Click here for more information.
Sponsor: Career Services Network at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wednesday, April 512 to 5 p.m. 
Event: Illini Career and Internship Fair 
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
About the event: Career Fair for all UIUC grads and undergrads, all majors.
Sponsor: University of Illinois Career Services Community
MedCity INVEST 2017’s Pitch Perfect Startup Contest: Application Deadline Extended to February 15, Event is May 17-18
Join PROPEL at the 2017 MedCity INVEST conference in Chicago on May 17 – 18 in Chicago. 40+ of the most promising startup companies from across healthcare will be selected to pitch to investors at MedCity’s very first Pitch Perfect Startup Contest.  Pitch Perfect Startup Contest application deadline is now February 15. Click HERE for more info on the main conference and HERE for the Pitch Perfect Startup Contest details, including application. Use PROPEL/iBIO discount code for registration: "PROPEL" for $650 rate.
iBIO Happy Hour
iBIO Happy Hours are great events to meet and connect with the local community members. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the 2017 iBIO IndEx and all of the other great programming that iBIO, EDUCATE, PACT and PROPEL have planned for 2017. Learn more and RSVP HERE. This event is on February 165 - 8pmat Altered Stage in Chicago, IL.
Industrial Design Career Fair in Chicago
This career fair will be on February 17 from 9am-5pm. Employers who wish to receive an invitation to this career fair may contact William Bullock at wbullock@illinois.edu.

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop
This informative 2-hour workshop helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements of starting a small business in Illinois. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions. Tuesday, February 21, 3-5PM at Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign.
2017 PROPEL Business Plan Competition: Applications due March 5
Want to win $15K cash for your life sciences startup? Looking for tangible feedback from corporate partners and both financial and strategic investors? Follow in the footsteps of past PROPEL competition winners, such as Advanced Cooling Therapy, Diagnostic Photonics and Endotronix. Apply to the 2017 PROPEL Business Plan Competition HERE deadline EOD on March 5. Competition overview HERE.
March 5: Application Deadline
April 24: Finals 
Educators Job Fair at Eastern Illinois University
This career will be on March 6 from 9:30am-12:30pmFor more information, see http://www.eiu.edu/careers/spr_edfair.php
Invest Midwest 2017, Kansas City
The 18th annual Invest Midwest is March 28 – 29, 2017 in Kansas City. Companies that have presented at Invest Midwest have raised over $1 billion in funding and through acquisitions.  Read more and register HERE.
2017 iBIO IndEX, Chicago 
Mark your calendar for the 2017 iBIO IndEX on April 24 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. iBIO IndEx is a place to converge and connect with key thought leaders and peers from diverse backgrounds, and emerge with new insight to help drive industry-wide growth and transformation. This conference will include the finals of the PROPEL Business Plan Competition and the Innovation Showcase. More details coming soon.
The InfoAg Conference, St. Louis
The InfoAg Conference returns to the Union Station in St. Louis. Make plans to attend July 25th - 27th, 2017. For more than 20 years, InfoAg has been the leading event in precision agriculture. More info here.
Chicago Venture Summit
On September 13, an exclusive group of top investors come to Chicago to meet the best venture-backed companies in the midwest. The Chicago Venture Summit will host some of the most influential venture capitalists, corporate V.C.’s, and angel investors in the country as they connect with high-potential start-up companies from around the Midwest. The Summit will uniquely curate exclusive networking among Chicago’s Fortune 500 leadership, its local investor community, and the influencers of its burgeoning innovation ecosystem. More info here.
Indy Big Data
This technology conference is on September 14, 2017 in Indianapolis. More info can be found on the Indy Big Data website.
Share the Vision 2017
Meet us at the Krannert Center on September 21, 2017 for Share the Vision 2017, sponsered by the Office of Technology Management. This year's theme is the Intersection of Medicine and Engineering, where 20+ faculty and start-ups will be showcased. More info here.
Experienced SBIR professionals have all been contracted by EnterpriseWorks to assist companies with SBIR and STTR applications with free consulting services to East Central Illinois applicants. Request technical assistance hereThe following agencies have open solicitations: 
Information on open solicitations is available at 
HHS Funding Opportunities are ongoing. Click here 
DOC SBIR: National Institute of Standards and Technology Release date 1/10/2017, Due Date 03/30/2017
Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day. We love our Research Park tech community.