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On July 17, Crain's Tech 50 of 2017 was published and includes 5 University of Illinois Alum who are making big waves in the tech community in Chicago. This is the seventh annual list of founders, CEO's, coders, hackers, investors and other brilliant minds. 

Among the Alum named is Craig Vodnik. 


Hailong Ning, Director of Research and Development at Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., was featured on the Wired In column of The News-Gazette. The startup has recently graduated in 2017 and has just finished building its second location in Dayton, Ohio.

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AES founders Nancy Sotto and Scott White

Autonomic Energy Systems (AES), a startup company coming to EnterpriseWorks, is using technology that has been discovered at the University of Illinois by founders, Nancy Sotto and Scott White, and their research team, to make phone and laptop batteries safer to use and last longer.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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EnterpriseWorks Receives EDA Grant To Further Entrepreneurship at Illinois Universities

Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant will support development of higher education entrepreneurial ecosystems across Illinois