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 East Central Illinois University Center Incubator Study Summary

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A study of business incubators across the state of Illinois reveals that efforts to support entrepreneurship are robust and growing – but the ecosystem could benefit from more collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

The report includes a comprehensive assessment and analysis of the diverse range of activities undertaken by Illinois incubators: their distinctive missions, economic needs and technological opportunities. It also reveals best practices.

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Three of the top four prize winners in the 14th Annual Cozad New Venture Competition have based their operations in the EnterpriseWorks incubator: Rithmio, Lumenous, and Inscites Research.

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Rithmio, a startup building advanced fitness wearables technology that is based at EnterpriseWorks, was the focus of a Sunday feature in the (Champaign) News-Gazette business section.

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In the days since EP Purification won the Clean Energy Challenge $100,000 grand prize, the interviews keep rolling in. In today's media coverage, the News-Gazette reports on what the EnterpriseWorks-based startup plans to do with its winnings. 

Company CEO Cy Herring said the winnings will be invested into product development.

"I am surprised that we won the challenge since there were a number of companies involved with very good ideas for clean energy," he said.

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EP Purification, a startup commercializing microplasma technology developed at the University of Illinois, was profiled in the (Champaign-Urbana) News-Gazette Sunday edition on March 23. 

The startup was founded by Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park, both faculty members at the University of Illinois. It is a finalist in the upcoming Clean Entergy Trust competition.

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Lumenous, a startup founded by three University of Illinois doctoral students, is already generating buzz within weeks of moving into EnterpriseWorks. The company was profiled in the (Champaign-Urbana) News-Gazette's Sunday business section on March 16. 

The "dream team" of computer science students is making software that makes it faster and easier for advertisers, artists and designers to create fantastic visual illusions.

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Built in Chicago interviewed Research Park Director Laura Frerichs about how connecting the city's startup community with what's happening in tech and startups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will strongly benefit the statewide tech community, in an article published March 10. 

Even though the university is two hours south of Chicago, Frerichs said she works to emphasize the importance of the innovation and the startup ecosystem in the city and in the whole region.

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EP Purification, a startup with lab and office space at EnterpriseWorks that is licensing technology out of the University of Illinois, was named a finalists in the fourth annual Clean Energy Challenge, a $500,000 business plan competition that takes place April 3 in Chicago. Independent evaluators with expertise in clean energy selected 10 early-stage companies, representing six states, to vie for the $100,000 Clean Energy Trust Prize for Early-stage Entrepreneurship.

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Congratulations to all the winners and finalists from Innovation Celebration, especially those with Research Park ties. The event, held on Feb. 27 at the NCSA building, was standing room only. The wiinners are listed in bold: 

Innovation Transfer Award – University of Illinois Dr. Stephen Boppart: winner, founder of I-Start company PhotonicareDr. Stephen SligarDr. Scott White

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