Recent News

TENANT: OceanComm | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

ChicagoInno has recently recognized OceanComm’s unprecedented creation of, "A wireless underwater modem that unleashes robots from its cables and eliminates dependency on support ships.” OceanComm, an EnterpriseWorks startup, won the Cozad New Venture Challenge in 2012 and participated in the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program in 2013. In 2014, the startup received two SBIR grants and won the “most promising company award” at the Offshore Technology Conference in 2015.


The 2017 Innovation Celebration awards were announced on Friday, March 3. Of the ten awards given, five were in relation to the Research Park. 


EnterpriseWorks startup Intelinair was featured on WCIA 3 News on Wednesday, March 1. IntelinAir is a company that delivers actionable insights using aerial imagery analysis and deep learning methodologies & algorithms focused on the agriculture industry.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

Veriflow Systems Co-founder and CTO Brighten Godfrey was interviewed by The Enterprisers Project this week. With Veriflow located at the EnterpriseWorks Incubator at Research Park, Godfrey defends the impactful role that universities play in the innovation world.


Laura Frerichs, the Director of Research Park and Director of Economic Development at UIUC, was interviewed by Campus Technology this week. As one of the biggest argicultural colleges in the world, Frerichs recognizes that the AgTech environement at UIUC stands apart from the rest through the strong engineering and computing reputation at the university, as well as its long legacy in agriculture. With 600 students working at Research Park, both students and professionals aid in the growing success of AgTech on campus.

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