Recent News

TENANT: Granular | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood interviewed Landon Frye, the market manager of Granular, for his Wired In column. Granular is a software and analytics platform that helps farmers operate more efficiently and make better business decisions about efficiency, yields and profits while managing their environmental footprint. Granular is joining forces with other agriculture brands like John Deere to grow their company.


The University of Illinois community, including campus leadership, faculty, staff and students, officially welcomed AARP's Tech Nest to Research Park on October 13. The welcome announcement was featured in Business Wire. News Coverage: Crain's Chicago Business


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazettes Paul Wood sat down with Mani Golparvar, the CEO and co-founder of Reconstruct Inc for his Wired In column. Golparvar uses various visual methods such as drone cameras, to monitor progress and predict problems at the McCormick Place Project in Chicago. He is striving to provide teams with "access to actionable data analytics they can use to tap off delays before they happen at their site." His goal is to revise the plan before issues occur.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN -- Adam Hecktman, Microsoft's Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago, visited Research Park last week. After a guided tour with the director Laura Frerichs, Hecktman was very impressed with the space and innovation filling it.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN -- Veriflow Systems, an EnterpriseWorks tenant, was announced as a finalist for the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The Chicago Innovation Awards is the largest annual celebration of innovation in the Midwest. Chicago’s business and civic leaders come together to honor the Chicago region by recognizing the most innovative new products and services introduced in the region. There were 100 companies selected as finalists out of the 643 applicants.


CHAMPAIGN -- CAST21 has moved from a student startup to now an EnterpriseWorks tenant. Engineering at Illinois has written about CAST21's journey by introducing the team of CEOs: Ashley Moy, Justin Brooks and Jason Troutner that work towards building medical casts for the 21st century. These casts are said to be waterproof and also have "access to the affected area for treatment and comfort." The cast is in the process of being tested by athletic trainers and doctors in sports medicine. The team is hoping to "go through a design freeze in the coming months."  

TENANT: Petronics | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN -- The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood highlights local tech innovators in his column, “Wired In.” This week, he interviewed Dave Cohen, the Co-Founder of Petronics.

TENANT: PhotoniCare | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN -- PhotoniCare, an EnterpriseWorks startups that aims to revolutionize healthcare by providing physicians with better diagnostic tools, has been accepted into the Dreamit Accelerator program. This program is for edtech and digital health startups with a product ready to deploy and some early traction. Out of hundreds of applicants, PhotoniCare was one of 17 accepted.


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.