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Inprentus has officially completed its Series A Round, raising $2.5 Million with help from investors like Flyover Capital, Serra Ventures, and other new investors. 

This money will help Inprentus to aggressively pursue new business in both its current synchrotron market and explore options in new markets. 

AGCO building

The University of Illinois and AGCO announces the opening of the AGCO Acceleration Center at University of Illinois Research Park.

TENANT: Agrible

EnterpriseWorks graduate startup Agrible is featured on the 2018 Thrive Top 50 list for the second year in a row. This ranking signifies the best in agriculture technology from around the world. This year, they placed in the “Biotechnology” category, and on the 2017 list placed in the “Big Data & Analytics” category. In February, Agrible will be honored at the Thrive Innovation Forum), an annual event bringing corporates, startups, academics and investors together to share industry milestones and opportunities.

TENANT: Intelinair
IntelinAir imagery

EnterpriseWorks startup, IntelinAir was recently named one of seven Ag Tech start-ups to watch in 2018 by 

IntelinAir was founded in 2015 to help farmers make more cost-effecient and smart decisions based on aerial imagery, and is based both in Champaign, Illinois at the Research Park and in San Jose, California.

TENANT: AE Machines
Amy LaViers of AE Machines

This week's high-tech leader in the Champaign-Urbana community is the CEO of EnterpriseWorks startup AE Machines, Amy LaViers. 

Amy Laviers is a woman of many talents, in addition to running her startup company from the Research Park, LaViers is also a University of Illinois Professor, dancer, and director of the University's Robotics Automation and Dance Lab, which exists to research and understand the relationship between human and robotic motion. 


HeyGears, an EnterpriseWorks student startup graduate, is building a 3D printing Research and Development facility in Guangdong, China. Formerly OmniEars, the company has created a range of five different in-ear products of wearable technology that operate through Bluetooth. While working at EnterpriseWorks, HeyGears was partially sponsored by the iFoundry program and graduated from the incubator in 2015. HeyGears now operates out of Guangzhou, China.

TENANT: Agrible
Agrible logo

Agrible is set to launch retailer services in the new year to meet market challenges head on. The new retailer services will provide a digital, two way communication system for the agriculture community. These services make the relationships between growers, retailers, sales personnel, and agronomy and agriculture seamless. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Joe Peterson and John Cole Jr. of SimBioSys

SimBioSys, Inc., a startup company at EnterpriseWorks, was inspired by the Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. 

Co-Founder Joe Peterson participated in the entrepreneurship program to learn more about entrepreneurship and product development while he was studying to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. 

The program introduces academics to entrepreneurship and has the participants develop their own business plans while they learn more about finances, intellectual property, marketing, product development, and more. 

Trudy Kriven KeaneTech

Trudy Kriven, CEO of EnterpriseWorks Affiliate startup KeaneTech, talks with the News-Gazette about its Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Army Corps of Engineers, geopolymer materials, and the opportunities and challenges of having a technology transition company.


AWARE (Advancing Women and UnderRepresented Entrepreneurs) is now on its third year, and with the combined efforts of Research Park and the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has helped fund and connect women through I-Corps, SBIR, and the Cozad New Venture Competition. This program targets support for women and underrepresented groups in an effort to bring them into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois.