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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


The News-Gazette interviewed Mayank Kale for the Wired-In column this week. Mayank is a senior in computer science at the University of Illinois and has been an intern for Research Park since his freshman year. Additionally, he is the founder of Invoq Health, a company that provides rural patients instant access to quality health care providers and gathers real-world evidence from improved care delivery. Invoq Health started as a student startup in the iVenture Accelerator program and is now in India and Sierra Leone helping 120,000 patients through a community health workers. 


CHAMPAIGN -- We are happy to announce that Liang Liu has joined the Board of Managers at Research Park. Liu is a self-declared "groundskeeper" and a professor in the College of Engineering specializing in construction management. He also holds positions as the Associate Dean of Facilities and Capital Planning for the College of Engineering, Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies and many more. Some of Liu's research areas include: construction project planning, controls, cost estimating, productivity, and life-cycle analysis. Welcome to the team. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks


Contact: Laura Bleill, (217) 244-7744,

EnterpriseWorks Receives EDA Grant To Further Entrepreneurship at Illinois Universities

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

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2017Contact:Laura Weisskopf Bleill,; 217-244-7744

EnterpriseWorks Awarded University Center Grant For Downstate Illinois Entrepreneurial DevelopmentWill Provide Direct Technical and Business Assistance For Entrepreneurs South of I-80


Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, made a visit to the University of Illinois on Monday, January 30, with about 20 other Chicago tech company executives.


SIMnext®, LLC will begin distributing von Hagens Plastination specimens, a product that is intended to reduce the use of human cadavers in anatomy education.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

The News-Gazette interviewed Ran Chao for the Wired-In column this week. Chao is the 29-year-old founder of LifeFoundry Inc., an organization that completes research for biotech companies through the use of synthetic biology and robotics, which is now a tenant in EnterpriseWorks. He created the company during his time as a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. Chao and his collegues produced the first prototype for automative advanced biomanufacturing, and companies around the world are taking notice.

TENANT: Agrible, Granular

Agrible and Granular were recently recognized on THRIVE 50, an annual list created by SVG Partners that ranks the best AgTech companies in the United States.

Agrible is a homegrown organization that first started at the EnterpriseWorks incubator. They focus on providing farmers with the tools and science to improve production with cloud-based delivery systems. The company has since moved to a different building, but are still located at Research Park. Agrible received praise in the "Big Data and Analytics" category of the THRIVE 50 list.