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Therapalz, an iVenture Accelerator student startup that make smart therapeutic companion animals to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's and dem


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood interviewed Quesnell Hartmann for his Wired In column this week. Quesnell Hartmann is the co-founder of EpiWorks, a major manufacturer of compound semiconductor wafer. Epiworks has just broken ground on a new production facility and is quadrupling in size.


CHAMPAIGN-- SnackPass is a new app that lets customers grab five snacks from local restaurants per month for only a ten-dollar subscription fee. It is designed to make money as it pursues it social mission of reducing food waste. EnterpriseWorks Graduate and Co-Founder of Zero Percent, Raj Karmani says, "Zero Percent, a for-profit company that collects excess meals from restaurants and delivers them for free to nonprofits, will use the fees to cover food transportation costs." Since 2012, they have donated 334,000 meals to the hungry. 


CHAMPAIGN-- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is responsible for "developing the most entrepreneur alumni in the greater Chicago area." The v

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood sat down with Jean Paul Allain for his Wired In column this week. Jean Paul is the president, founder, and CEO of Editekk, an early-stage start-up with a revolutionary process for manipulating surfaces and interfaces at the atomic level. Editekk came to the EnterpriseWorks incubator this past March.

TENANT: Yahoo!

Thanks to the efforts of the Yahoo site in the Research Park, three nonprofit organizations and a local school are sharing in $170,000 in grants from the Yahoo Employee Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by donations from Yahoo employees and interest from investments.- The Eastern Illinois Foodbank, the primary source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs that get food to hungry people in 17 counties, is receiving $75,000;


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood interviewed Sanjay Patel for his Wired In column this week. Sanjay Patel is the CEO and co-founder of Personify and an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Illinois. Personify creates technology and products for video communication, and virtual and augmented reality. The company spent two years in the EnterpriseWorks incubator and is now located in Urbana.


CHAMPAIGN -- Aptimmune Biologics was selected by The Yield Lab, a St. Louis-based agriculture technology business accelerator and investor, to participate in a nine-month program designed to support emerging ag tech companies. Aptimmune Biologics was chosen from among 120 applicants to participate in the program for 2016 and represents The Yield Labs first animal health investment.


CHAMPAIGN -- A crowd of 400 plus people attended the University of Illinois Research Park's fourth annual Big Data Summit at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Numerous moderators and panels shared their thoughts on the endless uses of technology and open data. 

Read more about the speakers and what they have to say about their data visualizations in the News Gazette.