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  State Farm® Celebrates 10 Years at U of I Research Park

        State Farm® Celebrates 10 Years at U of I Research Park

Student innovation contributes to State Farm product development


CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 11, 2015 -- The Moms Association at the University of Illinois awarded its annual Medallion of Honor to Deana McDonagh. McDonagh is an associate professor of Industrial Design at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois as well as the Designer-In-Residence at the EnterpriseWorks incubator at Research Park. The award is given to a woman associated with the Urbana-Champaign campus who has enriched the lives of others through service and example.


CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 7, 2015 -- EnterpriseWorks, Research Park's incubator, has housed numerous statup companies over the past decade and a half, and has no plans of slowing down. So far, its startups have generated almost $1 billon dollars in investments, allowing the development of technologies that are "changing the world," according to


CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 3, 2015 -- Personify, a 2012 EnterpriseWorks incubator graduate, made the list of top consulting tools from 9Lenses. 9Lenses is a software company that aggregates human insights for its clients, and they highlighted Personify's presentation software that allows a presenter to superimpose himself/herself in front of presentation slides. Read more about Personify as a consulting tool as well as the other tools that made the list

Laura Frerichs Receives the CAPE Award

Research Park Director Laura Frerichs was one of six academic professionals honored with a 2015 Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence award. 

The award was presented by Chancellor Phyllis Wise at a reception on April 2. 

The program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who perform a range of vital functions for the campus community. They provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.


CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 1, 2015 -- Keeping steady population growth has helped Champaign create new jobs and keep the unemployment rate lower than the state average. The attraction for people to move to Champaign has been the tech industry, and Research Park is at the epicenter. As major companies like Yahoo! continue to grow and develop, Research Park also houses dozens of startup companies in its incubator. Companies covering numerous industries at Research Park tap into student talent at the University of Illinois, creating a hub of jobs for both students and Champaign residents.


CHAMPAIGN, IL March 19, 2015 -- Serra Capital II announced its investment in Research Park startup, Inprentus. This investment marks Serra Capital II's 22nd investment. A subset of Serra Ventures, LLC, Serra Capital II focuses on investments in IT, materials and agricultural technology, and devices and instrumentation. Read more about this investment on Serra Venture's website.


The University of Illinois Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to establish the College of Medicine at Illinois, the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection of engineering and medicine.


Champaign-Urbana is coming to SXSW! We invite University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni who are attending SXSW Interactive - or live in the Austin metro -- to attend our VIP Reception for the #CUatSXSW event. If you are otherwise affiliated with the University of Illinois or the Champaign-Urbana community, we welcome you as well. 


CHAMPAIGN, IL March 3, 2015 -- The annual Innovation Celebration was held on Tuesday in Champaign. Three Research Park companies came away with some hardware and a lot of pride. Cathy Singer, site manager at Yahoo!, won the Entrepreneurial Excellence Management Award; Agrible, of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, won the New Venture Award; and Rithmio, also of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, won the Student Startup Award.