Recent News

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – Fox News (WCCU) took some time this past week to sit down with students participating in the I-Venture Accelerator Program. The program, launched in the Summer of 2015, is designed to support teams of students through the process of starting their own company based on a product or idea they have had. The program provides stipends, funding, expert support, and working space. Space in Research Park is available for use for iVenture recipients.


CHAMPAIGN – In his weekly column, Paul Wood of the News Gazette highlighted Stephen Cheng of ExoWear. The Wired In column is meant to spotlight a local high tech leader – often a startup from Research Park.


CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council has agreed to give preliminary approval to at an additional $500,000 to an incentive agreement now up to $3.5 million. The incentives to Research Park are in the form of tax breaks over a 15 year period.

TENANT: Veriflow Systems | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – Veriflow Systems, an EnterpriseWorks tenant, has announced that they have raised $8.2 million in Series A funding. The fundraising effort was led by Menlo Ventures, and follows the nearly $3 million effort in April.

Veriflow Systems develops an online network security software. They use verification technology to help protect networks against hackers and outages. Veriflow plans on using the funds to hire more engineers, work on its sales force, and boost their marketing across the industry.

TENANT: Intelliwheels | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – On Sunday, July 3, Josh George was named as one of the Paralympians to represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


CHAMPAIGN – WCIA’s The Morning Show on June 30 called Tweetsense the ‘app that “knows” what social media users think.’ In a four minute segment, the two Illinois undergraduate students explain what the app is, what it does, and the innovation it brings to the table.

TENANT: AbbVie | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – Last week more than 5,500 AbbVie employees in over 50 countries participated in their company’s “Week of Possibilities.” AbbVie’s third annual global service event is meant to provide a positive impact on underrepresented communities through local grassroots projects. The AbbVie Innovation Center here at Research Park volunteered at the Champaign I.D.E.A. Store. The site Director, Masha Trenhaile, said of the project “AbbVie Innovation Center helped spruce up the I.D.E.A.

TENANT: Agrible | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN – Chicago Inno, one of Chicago’s premier tech and business publications, lauded Agrible’s new tool, the Sustainable Sourcing Yield Program. The program is designed to help growers communicate their sustainability practices through the market chain to the consumer.


CHAMPAIGN – Bill Boulanger, founder of Obiter Research, was featured by the News Gazette as a high-tech difference maker. Obiter Research is one of the first EnterpriseWorks graduates. 


CHAMPAIGN – Smile Politely, the online Champaign-Urbana life and culture magazine, recently published their BEST Tech 2016 article. The article highlights local people, places, and ideas that are making a splash in the tech scene.