Recent News


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. 


CHAMPAIGN-- Seventeen entrepreneurs were selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship, a part of its Future Founders Startup program. Two of those entrepreneurs are the University of Illinois own, Rohan Gupta from Bilder and Swarnav Pujari from TouchLight Solutions an EnterpriseWorks company.

TENANT: Veriflow Systems | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

The Illinois Innovation Index released a study on the record-breaking trends in Illinois startups. A key finding reveals that, “Illinois universities produced more than 800 startups from 2012-2016, nearly 100% more than 2009-2013.” This positive trend is not only true to University of Illinois initiatives, but to a wide array of universities across the state.

TENANT: OceanComm | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

ChicagoInno has recently recognized OceanComm’s unprecedented creation of, "A wireless underwater modem that unleashes robots from its cables and eliminates dependency on support ships.” OceanComm, an EnterpriseWorks startup, won the Cozad New Venture Challenge in 2012 and participated in the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program in 2013. In 2014, the startup received two SBIR grants and won the “most promising company award” at the Offshore Technology Conference in 2015.


The 2017 Innovation Celebration awards were announced on Friday, March 3. Of the ten awards given, five were in relation to the Research Park. 


EnterpriseWorks startup Intelinair was featured on WCIA 3 News on Wednesday, March 1. IntelinAir is a company that delivers actionable insights using aerial imagery analysis and deep learning methodologies & algorithms focused on the agriculture industry.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

Veriflow Systems Co-founder and CTO Brighten Godfrey was interviewed by The Enterprisers Project this week. With Veriflow located at the EnterpriseWorks Incubator at Research Park, Godfrey defends the impactful role that universities play in the innovation world.


Laura Frerichs, the Director of Research Park and Director of Economic Development at UIUC, was interviewed by Campus Technology this week. As one of the biggest argicultural colleges in the world, Frerichs recognizes that the AgTech environement at UIUC stands apart from the rest through the strong engineering and computing reputation at the university, as well as its long legacy in agriculture. With 600 students working at Research Park, both students and professionals aid in the growing success of AgTech on campus.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize EstablishedGift will support University of Illinois entrepreneurs pioneering new agricultural technologies Champaign, IL— February 23, 2017 — The first annual Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize will be presented at today’s Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit. The award, generously funded by University of Illinois alumni and their families, rewards University of Illinois entrepreneurs focusing on agricultural innovations.

TENANT: Syngenta

Syngenta Establishes Digital Innovation Lab at University of Illinois

Center at University Research Park and a new partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will innovate grower solutions in North America