An article published in the 2022 edition of the Illinois Investment Guide highlights the role of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and specifically the Research Park, in advancing entrepreneurship within the state.
The article describes how the Research Park and its incubator, EntepriseWorks, support and propel startup activity. It features comments from UIRP executive director Laura Appenzeller.
“We are growing new companies from scratch,” Appenzeller says in the article. “We have one of the top engineering schools in the U.S. That is a driving factor. Urbana-Champaign is a major hub of engineering and research for technology companies. They can come here and capture talent — particularly in the digital transformation space — that is otherwise very difficult to get.”