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TENANT: AE Machines
Amy LaViers of AE Machines

This week's high-tech leader in the Champaign-Urbana community is the CEO of EnterpriseWorks startup AE Machines, Amy LaViers. 

Amy Laviers is a woman of many talents, in addition to running her startup company from the Research Park, LaViers is also a University of Illinois Professor, dancer, and director of the University's Robotics Automation and Dance Lab, which exists to research and understand the relationship between human and robotic motion. 


HeyGears, an EnterpriseWorks student startup graduate, is building a 3D printing Research and Development facility in Guangdong, China. Formerly OmniEars, the company has created a range of five different in-ear products of wearable technology that operate through Bluetooth. While working at EnterpriseWorks, HeyGears was partially sponsored by the iFoundry program and graduated from the incubator in 2015. HeyGears now operates out of Guangzhou, China.

TENANT: Agrible
Agrible logo

Agrible is set to launch retailer services in the new year to meet market challenges head on. The new retailer services will provide a digital, two way communication system for the agriculture community. These services make the relationships between growers, retailers, sales personnel, and agronomy and agriculture seamless. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Joe Peterson and John Cole Jr. of SimBioSys

SimBioSys, Inc., a startup company at EnterpriseWorks, was inspired by the Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. 

Co-Founder Joe Peterson participated in the entrepreneurship program to learn more about entrepreneurship and product development while he was studying to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. 

The program introduces academics to entrepreneurship and has the participants develop their own business plans while they learn more about finances, intellectual property, marketing, product development, and more. 

Trudy Kriven KeaneTech

Trudy Kriven, CEO of EnterpriseWorks Affiliate startup KeaneTech, talks with the News-Gazette about its Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, geopolymer materials, and the opportunities and challenges of having a technology transition company.


AWARE (Advancing Women and UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs) is now on its third year, and with the combined efforts of Research Park and the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has helped fund and connect women through I-Corps, SBIR, and the Cozad New Venture Competition. This program targets support for women and underrepresented groups in an effort to bring them into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois.

Brunswick Illini - Joint Explorations in Technology lab

Brunswick is first company to move into the Research Park's new Mixed Use Building at 1904 S. First Street, Champaign


Over the course of four years, 120 NSF I-Corps program teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have raised more than $42 million in external funding. These numbers, released by the Technology Entrepreneurship Center, reveal that $11 million has come from SBIR grants, $28 million from venture capitalists or angel investors, and $3 million from other sources.


EnterpriseWorks startup and 2017 Cozad New Venture Competition prize winners PhantomCor fabricates artificial hearts customized to patient-specific anatomies and pathologies. Led by Professor Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, him and a group of students from the Biomedical Engineering Society “now have a working prototype of a two-chamber heart, and we have been able to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound imaging to test how it works.”

TENANT: PhotoniCare

Ryan Nolan, co-founder of PhotoniCare, was featured in The News-Gazette for his work building medical tools, specifically, the ClearView device.  Since 2013, Nolan wanted to develop better imaging devices to improve patient care.  Having small children prone to ear infections has also strengthened Nolan's passion.