Recent News

UIRP welcomes Synchrony

Early in April, the University of Illinois welcomed Synchrony to the Research Park. Synchrony Vice-President Ujjval Patel shared with News-Gazette why the Connecticut financial services company came to Champaign-Urbana. Patel, a University of Illinois alum, explains that the community’s impressive talent pool was a huge draw. Our student interns bring an interdisciplinary education with them to the job and this makes all the difference.

Tiesta Tea

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Tiesta Tea began its journey as a startup in the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the Research Park, founded by Dan Klein and Patrick Tannous in 2010. The company sells affordable loose leaf tea to American consumers in a variety of fun and delicious flavors. Today, they have been recognized as one of Inc.'s 30 Under 30 Rising stars. 

TENANT: PhotoniCare

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Synchrony Emerging Technology Center Research Park University of Illinois


Champaign, Illinois (April 12, 2018) - The University of Illinois today announced that Synchrony (NYSE: SYF), a leading consumer financial services company, has opened the Synchrony Emerging Technology Center at the University of Illinois Research Park.


Brian Sutton, the founder of AirScout, sits down with the News-Gazette to talk about the company's latest agricultural aerial tool: AirScout Thermal Imagery. One of the newest additions to EnterpriseWorks, AirScout is an early stage start-up company that provides agronomic diagnostic and prescription tools in the hands of farmers and agronomists. 


After Garrett Anderson lost his arm below the elbow in Iraq in 2005, he could never tell how much pressure he was applying with his prosthetic hand. Sensory feedback like this is not possible with prosthetic hands making it impossible to feel how much pressure is being exerted.

IST Index

The Illinois Innovation Index, published by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, has been researching innovation activity since 2013 in order to determine the standing of technology startup entrepreneurship in Illinois. Among their overall findings of increased active startups, capital raised, and NSF I-Corps participation, the University of Illinois Research Park is mentioned throughout the Index in a diverse variety of areas.

TENANT: Granular
Madelyn Walters

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Madelyn Walters started out as one of Granular's first employees when Granular opened up a new regional headquarters in the Research Park, she is now this week's tech difference maker in the Champaign-Urbana area for her work as a Product Manager at Granular, after having worked her way up from Customer Success Manager. 

Innovation Celebration
CHAMPAIGN, IL, March 30, 2018 – Over 300 people gathered at Parkland College for the 13th Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of Thursday, March 29th to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University's economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our community.  

Research Park extends its deepest condolences to Common Ground Research Networks on the heartbreaking loss of longtime employee Jessica Weinhold-Brokish, who passed away last week in an auto accident. Ms. Weinhold-Brokish's husband, Jeff Brokish, survived the crash; he also works in the Research Park, at Riverbed Technology. The accident tragically claimed the lives of their three young children, two school-age sons and a toddler daughter.