CHAMPAIGN – A recent survey conducted at the Research Park puts the employment total to 1,711. 594 of those employees are student interns, of which 57% are undergraduates and 43% are graduate students.
Laura Frerichs, Research Park Director, says that “this years’ job numbers are a testament to the economic impact we have on the community. Since the opening of our first building in 2001, Research Park has continually attracted new partners, companies, and has given thousands of students the opportunity to work and gain experience in the tech industry while still in school. Our plans for future developments and corporate partnerships will only serve to make our impact deeper.”
Currently, Research Park and the EnterpriseWorks startup incubator are home to over 100 companies, nine of which are Fortune 500, and 19 are publicly traded.