Innovations @ Research Park Episode 5: Insights from a Startup Journey & Empowering Other Entrepreneurs

Category : Research Park
Posted on: July 8, 2021

The University of Illinois Research Park launched a new episode of the Innovations @ Research Park podcast featuring Gerald Wilson, President and CEO of the Research Park startup Autonomic Materials. Wilson joined the show to describe the evolution of the company and offer advice to other entrepreneurs.

Autonomic Materials products utilize self-healing technology for improved corrosion resistance.

The startup graduated from the EnterpriseWorks Incubator in 2012.

Wilson described the resources at EnterpriseWorks as “absolutely critical for getting us to this point”. He noted the seed funding and lab space as exceptionally helpful resources.

Wilson remains connected to Research Park through the Entrepreneur-in-Residenece program. He talks about his involvement in the program during the episode.

Later in the episode, Wilson describes important lessons that he’s learned during his involvement in startup building.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about entrepreneurship and Autonomic Materials.

Episode 4 of the podcast can be accessed here.

Is there something you want to know about Research Park? Do you have an idea for a guest for the show, or a story we should pursue? Do you want to provide other feedback? Contact Laura Bleill (lwbleill@illinois.edu).

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