Recent News


CHAMPAIGN – Smile Politely, the online Champaign-Urbana life and culture magazine, recently published their BEST Tech 2016 article. The article highlights local people, places, and ideas that are making a splash in the tech scene.

Champaign Research Park Crain's Chicago Business

An article published in the Feb. 15 print edition of Crain's Chicago Business examines the trend of large corporations opening innovation centers in the University of Illinois Research Park. 

 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition


CHAMPAIGN – EnterpriseWorks, the technology incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park, will receive $50,000 from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) after being selected as a winner in the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.


Want to develop Android-based mobile applications? The Research Park's 8-week, non-credit course may be right for you. This introductory class will provide students with the skills required to develop Android-based mobile applications. The class will include an instructor-led, hands-on introduction to the Android development environment including the creation of simple but functional Android mobile applications.


Research Park tenants along with EnterpriseWorks graduates, grant awardees, and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are among the finalists for the Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration Awards, as announced this week. Winners of each award will be announced at the event, held at NCSA (1205 W. Clark, Urbana) on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5-8 pm. For more information, and to RSVP, visit


The Big Data Summit was featured by the Daily Illini in its Dec. 9 editions, reflecting on the Summit's purpose, goals, and why the University of Illinois is uniquely postiioned to be at the forefront of this industry trend. 


The Daily Illini profiled Angela SIms, speaker at the September 30 C-U Women in Technology Lunceheon, in its Oct. 1 editions. "From joining the ranks of the United States Air Force to selling spinal implants to working alongside Siri, Angela Sims has led a successful career. She is now a senior business development associate at Wolfram Alpha," the Daily Illini wrote.


The Daily Illini splashed news about the University of Illinois' first NSF I-Corps Site program cohort across its front page on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The program launches on August 29 with six teams in place, who will meet four times in eight weeks. Research Park director Laura Frerichs described the program as a "bootcamp process" for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Research Park Fourth Street Extension Champaign

The Fourth Street Extension road project opened to traffic on Thursday, Aug. 22, just in time for move-in day at the University of Illinois, extending Fourth Street from St. Mary's Road to Windsor Road. A traffic light at Windsor and Fourth is now operational. From the News-Gazette article:

Intern Award Winners 2013

Five outstanding interns working for companies in the Research Park, all students at the University of Illinois, were honored Aug 1. More than 400 highly-skilled student interns work for Research Park tenants, gaining valuable experience while making real contributions to internal corporate research and development programs.

The 2013 winners are:

Most Advanced Marketing/Business Development Intern: Megan Broom, senior in speech and hearing science, IMO (Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc.)