Recent News

04Apr2018
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.

02Apr2018
TENANT: Granular
Madelyn Walters

Read the full interview on the News-Gazette.

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. 

02Apr2018
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.  
26Mar2018

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.

26Mar2018
Lena Head

Read the full interview on the News-Gazette.

Lena Head, site director at the AGCO Innovation Center, is the latest Research Park affiliate to be featured on Wired In for making a difference in the tech community of Champaign-Urbana. 

26Mar2018
Innovation at Research Park

Read the full story on Fox Illinois. 

21Mar2018
Mammoth Trading

EnterpriseWorks and I-Start Accelerator graduate Mammoth Trading sits down with Venture Well to discuss the significance of the NSF I-Corps program. CEO Richael Young reflects on the company’s time in the I-Corps program while working at Research Park, emphasizing that I-Corps has taught the team that, “we had to spend more time thinking about customer pain points, legal frameworks, and regulations much more than algorithms and web interfaces.”

21Mar2018

The News-Gazette sits down with Manfredo Suefferheld, the founder of EnterpriseWorks and I-Start Accelerator startup FrostDefense Envirotech, to discuss how the company plans to solve reduction issues in grape and stone fruit production.

FrostDefense Envirotech joined EnterpriseWorks through the I-Start Accelerator Program, and has also received dunding from the NSF through the I-Corps program.

Manfredo’s advice for someone who’s starting out? “Assemble a solid team that is open minded with members who have a compatible vision.”

 

05Mar2018
St. Mary's Viaduct

Recently, Champaign's Planning and Public Works Department met with UI officials and decided to conduct a study and search for funding after there was a consensus on safety concerns at the viaduct.

05Mar2018
FruitVaccine

Indu Rupassara of EnterpriseWorks startup FruitVaccine sits down with the News-Gazette to talk about the company's plant-based vaccine for hRSV. FruitVaccine is developing an orally-administered, fruit-based vaccine against hRSV, which can be eaten, as well as oral-drop vaccines for infants. The startup reeived the I-Start Award, as well as an award through the Small Business Development Center for the city of Champaign. Indu's advice for those starting out?

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