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CHAMPAIGN– The News-Gazette's Paul Wood highlights local high tech innovators in his column, "Wired In." This week he got a chance to talk to Paul Couston, who is working on a solar energy project with his roomate, Nathan Franczyk.


The University of Illinois community, including campus leadership, faculty, staff and students, officially welcomed CME Group's Innovation Center to its campus on Friday, Sept. 9. Laura Frerichs, director of the Research Park, and Ed Seidel, interim Vice President for Research, delivered the University's formal welcome remarks. Ari Studnitzer, who has guided the CME Group presence at Research Park, spoke on behalf of CME Group.


CHAMPAIGN – The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood highlights local tech innovators in his column, “Wired In.” This week he sat down with Fiona Kalensky, the CEO of Therapalz.

Therapalz is an iVenture startup that uses life like animals to mimic “animal therapy” to comfort Alzheimer’s patients and help their caregivers. Kalensky, 20-year old, systems engineering and design major discussed what inspired her product idea, and how she plans to expand it today. Therapalz has been successful in “adult care facilities, nursing homes and memory care units as it developed.”

TENANT: Serra Ventures | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

Reconstruct, a computer vision based analytics company for the construction industry based in the EnterpriseWorks incubator, has received $850,000 of seed round funding. The raise was led by Serra Ventures, which is also based in the University of Illinois Research Park, with Illinois Ventures joining as part of the syndicate. 

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Business Insider highlighted the University of Illinois Research Park in its blurb ranking the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as one of America's 50 best colleges (ranked No. 43) and 14 best colleges in the Midwest (ranked No. 6). 


CHAMPAIGN -- The Daily Illini interviewed Yassine Ibnattya and Hadi Haikal about their iVenture startup company, Fraicher. Ibynattya and Haikal are both UIUC students who pursue healthier lifestyles. Through Fraicher, they aim to help others achieve healthier lives as well through a nutritious and afforable food-delivery system.  

TENANT: IllinoisRocstar LLC | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood highlights local tech innovators in his column, “Wired In.” Recently he sat down with William Dick, the president of Illinois RocStar, an EnterpriseWorks graduate that has offices in the University of Illinois Research Park. 


CHAMPAIGN -- To increase coding and programming recruitment efforts, CME Group will be opening an Innovation Center in the University of Illinois Research Park on September 9. This will be CME Group's first location on a college campus, and they hope to employ 10 student interns.

Research Park Director, Laura Frerichs, said "As long as the growth of tech becomes increasingly imperative in the financial industry, which it seems to be, recruiting is going to continue to hike."


CHAMPAIGN – On Monday (8/15), President Timothy Killeen announced H. Edward Seidel as the Interim Vice President for Research (VPR) for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval. The Research Park is a unit under the VPR's office.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood highlights local tech innovators in his column, “Wired In.” This week he sat down with William Widjaja, the CEO of Tweetsense.