November & December Research Park Announcements

November 01, 2016
Category: Research Park


Event: Illinois Business Career Services
Location: Champaign, IL
About the Event: ILLINOIS Business Career Services is now accepting registrations for Fall 2016 Student Engagement Opportunities. This includes the career fair, on-campus interviews, skills development programs, etc.
Sponsor: Business Career Services

Friday, November 4
Event: 2016 Business Leadership Conference
Location: Deloitte Auditorium / BIF Atrium
About the Event: Want to build leadership skills while on campus that will prepare you to be successful in your career? Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever due to globalization and changes in employee demographics. Those who lead inclusively will be the most innovative, impactful, and successful. Learn how to listen, talk, and manage at the Business Leadership Conference: Leading in a Diverse Workplace on Fri Nov 4th from 1-6pm in the BIF. Be a part of shared stories and panel discussions among industry and academia, and network with motivated students and alumni. Illinois students/alumni from all backgrounds and levels are invited to attend. View the full schedule and register to attend by October 30thhere. 
Sponsor: Illinois MBA

Tuesday, November 15
Event: GISday
Location: iHotel & Conference Center
About the Event: The University of Illinois will host Illinois GIS Day 2016 on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in partnership with the Illinois GIS Association, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois. Last year, over 300 students, faculty, and GIS professionals celebrated all things GIS-related, from precision agriculture to municipal as well as research endeavors.


Propel and CAB’s Presenting Your Strategic Vision
Join PROPEL and the Chicago Advisory Board at 3pm on Friday, November 4 to hear two life sciences and healthcare startups present their companies' strategic visions to Chicago's experienced corporate management teams and seed-stage investors, who will provide invaluable feedback. More information can be found here.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Conference
Join us at the Entrepreneurship-though-Acquisition Conference on Wednesday, November 9th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. More info:

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation, November 9, Chicago
Attend Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation and hear from leading industry experts and the early adopting manufacturers who are achieving positive business results in this connected world. We'll be talking about how technology investments will:
• Integrate your value chain
• Improve safety
• Increase productivity
• Collaborate with colleagues across industries
Learn how data throughout manufacturing – from your shop floor to your enterprise-wide IT systems – can be utilized to accelerate your digital transformation. More info can be found here.

You are invited to represent your company by participating in this year's STEM Explorers (STEMx) Event.
Why: Engineering Council, the umbrella organization that organizes events like Engineering Open House, Engineering EXPO, and others, seeks to engage youth interested in STEM fields and encourage them to continue their pursuit of careers in these fields.
What: STEMx is a full-day community outreach event filled with workshops and student interaction.
Who: STEMx is geared towards Freshmen and Sophomore high-school students in the C-U area and surrounding communities, interested in learning about STEM fields. Our projected audience is 50 students.
How: Represent your company and engage youth by putting on an hour-long workshop focusing on a skill, lesson, or knowledge related to your (STEM-related) field of expertise.
When: The workshop will take place November 11, 2016 from 9:00am-6:00pm. You will only need to be there for an hour.
Next Step: If you are interested or have questions, contact Mark Hafter (hafter1@illinois.edu847-744-0098) for more information and to sign up! We are more than happy to help you design your workshop.

SBIR/STTR Defense Innovation
This event will take place on November 29-December 1 in Austin, Texas. Details can be found here.



Reverse Career Fair
The University of Illinois Research Park will host its second annual Reverse Career Fair on February 16 from 5-6:30pm. The event allows student organizations to show Research Park companies what they have to offer and how the companies can engage with them and their constituents. The connections built between student organizations and the Research Park companies can lead to networking events, possible funding opportunities, speaking engagements for the group, and more. See info from last year at

Ag Tech Summit
Modern agriculture is being transformed by a confluence of advancing technologies. As a result, record-breaking investments in the sector are supporting new ventures. The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering, and technology intersect, and is on its way to becoming a hub of agriculture entrepreneurship activity. 
2017 Schedule of Events (Tentative):
Reception: Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.
Summit: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the event will conclude at 3 p.m.
Subscribe to our AgTech Innovation Summit mailing list to stay up to date on speakers, panel subjects and more.
More information can be found here.