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Innovation Celebration Sponsorship

The Research Park salutes all of the finalists for the 14th Annual Innovation Celebration, as announced by Champaign County Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday. 

The winner of each award category will be honored at Innovation Celebration 2019, held at Parkland College on Friday, March 29 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
The first event held by AWARE

The Advancing Women and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE) program, led by Laura Bleill, Associate Director of Research Park in collaboration with Jed Taylor, Executive Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center, was highlighted in The Daily Illini's February 19, 2019 issue. The program serves as a remarkable attempt in helping women and other inadequately represented minorities achieve their entrepreneurial goals. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN, IL, February 13, 2019 – In a new study measuring the startup ecosystems of an 11-state region it calls “the Silicon Prairie”, Champaign-Urbana ranked Number 2 out of 42 communities analyzed for startup and entrepren

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Research Park Commons and EnterpriseWorks Incubator Expansion

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's recently released campus strategic plan includes several references to increasing investments in the University of Illinois Research Park and the EnterpriseWorks incubator with the express goal to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem and support economic development in the region.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
next 150 university of illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Entrepreneurship and innovation are central to the new five-year strategic plan unveiled by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday in a town hall at the Illini Union.

Called “The Next 150,” the strategic plan renews the campus commitment to four goals, including

Fostering scholarship, discovery and innovation

Providing transformative learning experiences

Making a significant and visible societal impact

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

The Daily Illini took an in-depth look at the Research Park’s technology startup incubator, EnterpriseWorks, in the paper’s January 31 edition.


EarthSense, a company that develops ultra-compact autonomous robots for crop breeders, agronomists, and growers, has been featured in Successful Farming’s 8 Ag Tech start-ups worth watching in 2019.

The company was founded by University of Illinois entrepreneurs, Chinmay Soman and Girish Chowdhary.  

Their headlining agricultural robot, TerraSentia, provides field phenotyping from the ground level up. The creation of TerraSentia was inspired by the recognition of the fact that most of the important events on a field start under the canopy. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Research Park sign

"As I look to the future of my specialty of radiology and medicine as a whole, I see that various forms of artificial intelligence will play important roles in the practice of medicine in the future." - Dr. Thomas Kim

Dr. Kim was the focus of the News-Gazette's Wired In Sunday interview column on Jan. 6. The column features the Champaign-Urbana technology community. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
runtime verification

It's not rare for a University of Illinois deep-tech startup to fly under the radar.

One such startup -- founded by a University of Illinois computer science faculty member and a graduate of the EnterpriseWorks incubator --received a bit of notoriety from online tech magazine Chicago Inno. 

Runtime Verification is now located in downtown Urbana, and has grown to have 30+ employees. Founded by Grigiore Rosu, uses runtime verification-based techniques to improve the safety, reliability, and correctness of software systems.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

EnterpriseWorks robotics startup Petronics will showcase the world's most technologically advanced cat toy at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

Chicago Inno named Champaign-based Petronics one of 12 Chicago companies to watch at CES. 

Follow the Petronics journey at CES via social media on Facebook.