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ChicagoInno listed the Top 10 Illinois Student Startups to Make Moves in 2017, including four iVenture Accelerator student startups:

Tweetsense, founded by UIUC sophomores William Widjaja and Cody Pawlowski, mines social media and other internet comments to understand public opinion.


ChicagoInno mentioned the top Illinois researchers from this past year that revolutionize the way that we view and interact with the world, including two researchers from the University of Illinois who have ties to EnterpriseWorks.

Ruby Mendenhall is a sociology professor at the University of Illinois that has used topic modeling and data visualization to start to identify clues that could indicate the contributions of black women previously not recorded in history. Mendenhall was a participant this fall in the NSF I-Corps program, hosted here at EnterpriseWorks. 


CHAMPAIGN -- Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced that they have acquired PlantLink, a former student startup and EnterpriseWorks graduate.


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette interviewed Paul Braun for the Wired In column this week. Paul Braun is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, and part of a team working at Dow AgroSciences. Dow AgroSciences is electrochemically etching silicon micro-structures, a technology that has possibilities in everything from communications to cancer research.


Registration has now closed. Walk-ins are welcome to attend the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m.

The 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) will be Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. For more information, visit


Therapalz, an iVenture Accelerator student startup that make smart therapeutic companion animals to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's and dem


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood interviewed Quesnell Hartmann for his Wired In column this week. Quesnell Hartmann is the co-founder of EpiWorks, a major manufacturer of compound semiconductor wafer. Epiworks has just broken ground on a new production facility and is quadrupling in size.


CHAMPAIGN-- SnackPass is a new app that lets customers grab five snacks from local restaurants per month for only a ten-dollar subscription fee. It is designed to make money as it pursues it social mission of reducing food waste. EnterpriseWorks Graduate and Co-Founder of Zero Percent, Raj Karmani says, "Zero Percent, a for-profit company that collects excess meals from restaurants and delivers them for free to nonprofits, will use the fees to cover food transportation costs." Since 2012, they have donated 334,000 meals to the hungry. 


CHAMPAIGN-- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is responsible for "developing the most entrepreneur alumni in the greater Chicago area." The v

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CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood sat down with Jean Paul Allain for his Wired In column this week. Jean Paul is the president, founder, and CEO of Editekk, an early-stage start-up with a revolutionary process for manipulating surfaces and interfaces at the atomic level. Editekk came to the EnterpriseWorks incubator this past March.