Recent News

TENANT: Oath (Yahoo!)
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The Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) will award nearly a million dollars in grant money to three local not-for profits at a brief ceremony this Wednesday July 12 beginning at 12:30pm on the Oath (Yahoo) campus 1908 S. First Street in Champaign. Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will each receive checks for $320,000 from YEF based on the strong partnerships and high program impact from previous YEF funding.


Hailong Ning, Director of Research and Development at Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., was featured on the Wired In column of The News-Gazette. The startup has recently graduated in 2017 and has just finished building its second location in Dayton, Ohio.

TENANT: AE Machines

There is officially a new way to program your MakeCrate projects, all thanks to University of Illinois Research Park startup AE Machines.



EnterpriseWorks tenant Serionix shared their story with Crain’s Chicago Business this week.

Serionix was formed by material sciences trio James Langer, Weihua Zheng, and James Economy. Beginning with creating filters for Samsung and Intel, the startup has now expanded their technology’s audience to astronauts and the typical cat owner. The article acknowledges that Serionix has received a $750,000 contract from NASA, $500,00 from Champaign venture-capital firm Serra Ventures, and a total of $3,000,000 in grants.


Brighten Godfrey, cofounder and CTO of Veriflow, was awarded the Bay Area CIO of the Year in the Community Champion category by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. Veriflow is an online network security software that uses verification technology to help protect networks against hackers and outages.

TENANT: Granular

This week, Research Park ag-tech company Granular was recognized on the Forbes list of 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups. Forbes narrowed down the top 25 startups by, "surveying the argicultural technology landscape by speaking with experts, venture capitalists and accelerators; then, examining financials and each company's agricultural credentials."


Based on the US Census Bureau annual population estimates, Business Insider found Champaign, Illinois as the city with the highest percent change in population between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016 in the state of Illinois. During the time between these dates, Champaign has grown in population by 1.2%.


In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC is pleased to announce PhotoniCare, Inc. as the local winner of the InnovateHER Business Challenge. A panel of judges selected PhotoniCare as the first place winner with Therapalz as the runner-up and Silver Solutions as the third place finalist. Seven applications were received for the local challenge. 


On June 14, The Research Park at the University of Illinois had the opportunity to share their successes and innovations through the Association of Univers


Innovation Lead and site director at the Syngenta Data Innovation Lab was featured on the News Gazette Wired In column.