Recent News


A first-of-its-kind study shows that Champaign County's STEM workforce is bolstered by immigrants. Data collected in the “New Americans in Champaign County” published by the University YMCA shows that 1 in 4 STEM workers are immigrants but make up just 11.6 percent of the county's overall population. 

Illinois Ignite 2018 conference


Chancellor Robert Jones

In an event Tuesday, May 22 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, UI Chancellor Robert Jones presented and answered questions on the university's plans to expand private-public investment in research and entrpreneurial programs.

Tiesta Tea
Tiesta Tea has come a long way since it inception in CEO Dan Klein’s apartment basement and the incubating space of the Research Park.   While studying abroad, Klein and best friend Paul Tannous first fell in love with loose leaf tea at a tea house in Prague. Thus began the journey in founding what News-Gazette interviewer Paul Wood calls the “loose-leaf empire” that is Tiesta Tea.  

Research Park alums took over the Crain’s 20 In Their 20’s List. Three companies that spent time in the Research Park were  Dan Klein with Tiesta Tea, Ashley Moy with Cast21, and Lucas Frye with Amber Agriculture all made the list for their outstanding development in innovation and technology.

Wired In Interview with Andrew Zhang from PhotoniCare

In more ways than one, Champaign-born startup, PhotoniCare is making healthcare more affordable. Andrew Zhang, senior engineer, is a major part of the company’s ongoing successes. PhotoniCare focuses on creating low-cost technology. This includes low light imaging for endoscopic (internal), ophthalmic (eye-related), and otoscopic (ear-related) health situations.

Granular's Expansion in UIRP and Open House

Champaign-Urbana, Ill. —  Granular, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is expanding its Midwest regional headquarters in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Vitrix Health

Read the full article on the College of Engineering website.

Congratulations to the official winners of the 2018 Cozad New Venture Competition. Vitrix Health won the grand prize of $25,000 plus several thousand dollars of in-kind prizes at this year’s competition, followed by Agrimy Agriculture, Jetson Robotics, and RingWing, who will all receive incubation space at EnterpriseWorks for 12 months.

Jump Labs in Research Park
Cryptocurrency is at the forefront of today’s marketplace, and Jump Trading’s new startup incubator Jump Labs is right up there in it.  
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Revolution Medicines

EnterpriseWorks graduate, Revolution Medicines, tees up for oncology IND for $56M Series B Venture Capital Investment. The capital has been raised from Nextech Invest, The Column Group, and Third Rock. Current CEO, Mark Goldsmith, said, "We appreciate the strong support shown by our founding and new investors in this signifcant financing that will fuel the advancement of our exciting SHP2 program and innovative pipeline."