Recent News

Association of University Research Parks

The University of Illinois Research Park will be the first stop of the Introduction to Research Parks program put on by The Association of University Research Parks. Attendees will attend various sessions and courses throughout the two-day event, as well as tour The Research Park and EnterpriseWorks technology incubator.


Electroninks Inc. has launched its new Kickstarter campaign today to raise money to create Circuit Scribe: DIY Electronic Kits. 

Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park

Graybar and University of Illinois Announce the Opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 1, 2017) – Graybar and the University of Illinois today announced the grand opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park. At this facility, Graybar will collaborate with University of Illinois students and faculty to develop industry-leading digital capabilities that strengthen its position in the supply chain.


Congratulations to the six official winners of the 2017 Cozad New Venture Competition. On the Non-University Resource Track, Trala took home the first place prize ($15,000), followed by Mesh++ for the second place prize ($10,000), and VR MD in third place ($1,000). On the University Resources Track, Automated Energy Systems won first prize ($10,000 and $5,000 for Best Energy Startup Award), Steady won second prize ($5,000), and PhantomCor took home third prize ($1,000).

Amber Agriculture

Lucas Frye of Amber Agriculture, a University of Illinois student startup with ties to EnterpriseWorks and the iVenture Accelerator, was awarded the Illinois Innovation Prize at the Entrepreneurship Forum by the Technology Innovation Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering.


CHAMPAIGN-- Ed Seidel has agreed to serve as Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval. Seidel began his role on April 16. He is an award-winning researcher that plans to foster economic growth. The Research Park is a unit under the OVPR's office. 

CEB is now Gartner

The acquisition of CEB by Gartner is now finalized, and we are pleased to welcome Gartner to Research Park. The CEB Data Innovation Center joined the Research Park in March of 2016.


CHAMPAIGN-- The new TDFC IV building is now open in the Research Park, and Mixed Use building will open later this year. The Mayor of Champaign, Deb Frank Feinen, had some positive comments about the approval of the new buildings.  She says, "I think the Research Park has been a tremendous economic engine for both the City of Champaign and the community. Continuing to support the Research Park is in everyone's best interest."

The TDFC IV building will be primarily used for research for power optimization for mobile electronics. 


Serra Ventures, a venture capital firm located in the Info Tech Center at Research Park, has recently named Karin O'Connor as a Venture Partner. Serra Ventures offers professional advisory services in business strategy, capital formation, business development and organization development with a focus in serving high technology enterprises. Karin O'Connor is the Founder of Perimeter Advisors and a Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN-- EnterpriseWorks own, Ashley Moy, is highlighted as the CEO of Cast 21. Cast 21 is a "medical startup creating a new generation of casts for broken bones." The successes of her startup began through a few University of Illinois resources such as: The Cozad New Venture Competition and the iVenture Accelerator. Moy says that she wants to "change the way humanity heals" which led her to this vision. She says that she is thankful for the opportunities and resources within their system and that the University of Illinois has provided.