Recent News

Amber Agriculture

Lucas Frye of Amber Agriculture, a University of Illinois student startup with ties to EnterpriseWorks and the iVenture Accelerator, was awarded the Illinois Innovation Prize at the Entrepreneurship Forum by the Technology Innovation Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering.


CHAMPAIGN-- Ed Seidel has agreed to serve as Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval. Seidel began his role on April 16 He is an award-winning researcher that plans to foster economic growth. The Research Park is a unit under the OVPR's office. 

CEB is now Gartner

The acquisition of CEB by Gartner is now finalized, and we are pleased to welcome Gartner to Research Park. The CEB Data Innovation Center joined the Research Park in March of 2016.


CHAMPAIGN-- Research Park is continuing to grow thanks to the Champaign City Council. They voted 9-0 to approve this development agreement which will help support the infrastructure needed for the construction of the buildings. The Mayor of Champaign, Deb Frank Feinen, has some positive comments as well. She says, "I think the Research Park has been a tremendous economic engine for both the City of Champaign and the community.


Serra Ventures, a venture capital firm located in the Info Tech Center at Research Park, has recently named Karin O'Connor as a Venture Partner. Serra Ventures offers professional advisory services in business strategy, capital formation, business development and organization development with a focus in serving high technology enterprises. Karin O'Connor is the Founder of Perimeter Advisors and a Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN-- EnterpriseWorks own, Ashley Moy, is highlighted as the CEO of Cast 21. Cast 21 is a "medical startup creating a new generation of casts for broken bones." The successes of her startup began through a few University of Illinois resources such as: The Cozad New Venture Competition and the iVenture Accelerator. Moy says that she wants to "change the way humanity heals" which led her to this vision. She says that she is thankful for the opportunities and resources within their system and that the University of Illinois has provided.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

InnSight Technology, an EnterpriseWorks startup, has received a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. Phase II funding will go towards making new advancements in their technology, which is a handheld device that discovers severe eye injuries. The startup's founders, Dipanjan Pan and Leanne Labriola, acknowledge Research Park and EnterpriseWorks by explaining, "We are very appreciative of the support of Jed Taylor and the team at EnterpriseWorks, the startup incubator at Research Park.


Lightform, previously Lumenous, is a graduate from the EnterpriseWorks incubator. The startup was founded by CS PhD students Brett Jones, Kevin Karsch, and Raj Sodhi at the University of Illinois.

Brunswick Innovation Laboratory Opens at Research Park

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it will soon open the Brunswick Innovation Laboratory in the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


CHAMPAIGN-- Research Park's own, Serionix, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to "fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life support systems." The first phase of their project, NASA SBIR, began in June of 2016 and now in their second phase, they will increase partnerships to launch products. 

For more information about Serionix's success, visit their website.