Recent News


What do the founders of Delta Airlines, You Tube, BET, and The Pampered Chef have in common? They all went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Three EnterpriseWorks firms are competing in the Cozad Business Plan Competition. An impressive group of 40 student founded companies competed the last two weeks in the Cozad Elevator Pitch round of the competition. Congratulations to Nucleon Biotechnology, EnvirGen, and Orange QC for doing a great job presenting and making it to the written portion of the competition.


Event: Research Park Business-to-Business IT Tech Showcase Luncheon


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Sony Corp. announced at a celebration today (Feb. 10) that it had acquired iCyt Mission Technology Inc., a fast-growing University of Illinois Research Park biotechnology company.


The Research Park was pleased to host Dennis Hastert, former United States Speaker of the House in the Research Park this week on 2/8/10. He was interested in learning more about technology commercialization at the University of Illinois. He also visited with Nanosi, an EnterpriseWorks company making ultra small fluorescent silicon nanoparticles. Nanosi founder, Munir Nayfeh has been talking with him about energy-efficient lighting.


The following is a list of resources that can guide an entrepreneur through the various factors of starting a new business.  Included is information presented by speakers hosted by EnterpriseWorks, as well as referrals to government and third-party support.


EW Conference Room 220 Plasma Screen Installed 


IRS has a new Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop and has been updated and is ready for small businesses wishing to learn more as we start tax season. If you need a refresher or small business overview go to:


Founded in May 2009 by University of Illinois student Matthew Gornick, OrangeQC LLC is a business analytics company that provides software as a service (SaaS) product to companies looking to quantify and search humanly subjective data. OrangeQC software allows janitorial contractors to quickly track the quality of service that they provide to their customers. OrangeQC is a web-based software service that tracks and stores your quality control inspections in real time to help run janitorial businesses more efficiently.