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SNOOZ, an EnterpriseWorks graduate, raised $1.35 million in a seed round led by Serra Ventures.

Founded in 2015 by Matthew Snyder and Eli Lazar, SNOOZ  has developed a white noise machine designed to improve sleep. The product is designed for both the hospitality industry and at-home use.  Lazar is an alumus of the University of Illinois, where he studied Mechanical Science and Engineering. 


EnterpriseWorks graduate Personify landed in the top 10 on Crain's Chicago's Most Innovative Companies list. The company was named number 4, but this isn't the first time Personify has appeared on the Most Innovative Companies list. Crain's Chicago Business named Personify tenth on the list in 2018.


Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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EnterpriseWorks graduate, Serionix was featured in the NASA's 2019 Edition of Spinoff, an annual publication that features commerical technologies that have origins to NASA-backed research. Serionix was founded in 2011 by two Materials Science and Engineering PhD students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 


Research Park Director Laura Frerichs sat down with Julie McClure of Smile Politely to discuss this year's PYGHACK. For three years, Research Park has partnered PYGMALION with to host the community-wide hackathon. Though PYGMALION started as a music festival, the weekend now combines technology, music, arts, science, and more.

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The Ability Hand™ is the first commercially available bionic hand capable of multitouch feedback.


Campus Conversation with Susan Martinis, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

Susan Martinis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, spoke with Julie Wurth from The News Gazette on September 18, 2019, about efforts on campus to reduce campus sexual harassment, her experience as a woman in STEM, and the impact of ownership within the Research Park. In regards to the latter, Martinis noted that, "I think it's given us a few more players to think about.


CHICAGO – Sept. 13, 2019 – Motorola Solutions today announced the opening of its first college campus innovation center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Research Park.


P&G Smart Lab Research Park

Champaign, Illinois (September 5, 2019) - The Procter & Gamble Company announced today that it will be opening its first Smart Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.

The Smart Lab will bring together interdisciplinary teams of students from a wide variety of backgrounds to rapidly prototype and innovate in the space of consumer insights. Lab students will work directly with P&G employees to move consumer research projects from concept to execution within weeks rather than months.