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We are excited to announce the final nominees for the 2015 Research Park Intern Awards! The winners will be announced on August 6 at the Intern Awards picnic, (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm), and we encourage all to attend. There will be food, music and fun for everyone! For more information about the event, click here

The finalists are as follows:

Best Entrepreneurial Leadership in a StartupSarah Cho, IntelliWheelsJerome Davis, Xerion Advanced Battery


CHAMPAIGN, IL., July 28 - Grainger, Caterpillar and AllState, all parnters with Research Park, have announced that they will be participating in the fourth year of the llinois Science and Technology Coalition’s Corporate Startup Challenge. The program matches larger corporatations seeking new innovations with startup companies in need of investors.

CHAMPAIGN, IL., July 28 - 2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for the startup and early stage investor ecosystem. Activity in Illinois, centered on both Chicago and the U. of I. tech ecosystem, may be a leading indicator of significant growth in funding applications in that region.   
Agrible CEO, Chris Harbourt ,

CHAMPAIGN, IL., July 21, 2015—Agrible, Inc., an agriculture technology start-up focused on predictive analytics, today announced a $4.1 million Series A round of funding. Serra Ventures is leading this round of investment and is joined by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).


The University of Illinois has been recognized as one of the leading public universities for tech startup talent by Tech.Co. 


EnterpriseWorks tenant Rithmio is expanding at a rapid pace, recently raising a $3M seed round. Rithmio develops gesture recognition technology for wearable devices. 


The University of Illinois and John Deere have teamed up to take "mow the lawn" off of your to-do list. A University student and two faculty members recently built a prototype for a robotic lawn mower, and John Deere is helping them improve their product to bring it to a store near you. The lawn mower operates similarly to Roomba, the autonomous robot floor vacuum. 


The iVenture startup accelerator was recently profiled by Chicago Inno. 13 of the University's most promising student startups are participating in the 9-week program, which gives them access to mentors, workshops, office space and classes on entrepreneurial resources. 


Company will create new swine vaccines based on advanced mucosal technology   

New CEO joins the company to drive development and commercialization

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – July 9, 2015 – Aptimmune Biologics, a mucosal vaccine company developing novel swine vaccines for PRRSV and influenza virus, has received $2.75 million of funding from Arsenal Capital Management, Fox Ventures LLC, and a group of Midwest angel investors.

Caterpillar's new focus on data-driven solutions for its products is making headlines.     Writes Crain's Chicago Business: "The big-data era requires a different focus. Rob Charter, a group president at Caterpillar, says the company wants to surround customers with a tech-savvy suite of products and services. It's about moving beyond simply making machines, he adds."