Several Research Park Ties To Innovation Celebration Finalists

Category : Recognition & Awards
Posted on: February 19, 2013

Research Park companies and entrepreneurs are well-represented among the finalists for the Eighth Annual Innovation CelebrationThe winners will be announced at the ceremony/reception to be held at NCSA (1205 W. Clark, Urbana) on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:30-8 pm. To RSVP, learn more about the event, or view past winners and award descriptions, visit the Innovation Celebration website at

Below are the finalists (winners will be announced at the event). Those in bold are tenants of Research Park. 

Award Finalists

Innovation Discovery Award – University of Illinois Award

Yoram Bresler* (Founder of InstaRecon, a graduate of EnterpriseWorks and current Research Park tenant)
Martin Burke
Jean-Pierre LeBurton

Innovation Transfer Award – University of Illinois Award

William P. King
John Dallesasse
Yoram Bresler

Innovation in Engagement Award – Parkland College Award

Winner will be announced at the event.

Social Entrepreneurship Award

Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA)
The I.D.E.A. Store
Illini for Kids* — Heavy involvement from Kerris Lee and Shirren Mathai of Lost Points, a startup at EnterpriseWorks

Entrepreneur Advocacy Award

Alex Ruggieri – Central Illinois Business Radio
Andrew Singer – U of I Technology Entrepreneur Center
Dennis Beard & Tim Hoerr – Serra Ventures* Research Park Enterpreneurs-in-Residence and tenants

Economic Development Impact Award

Midwest Underground Technology
Champaign Organization of Developers and Engineers (CODE)* Many of CODE’s active members work in the Research Park.

Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award

Charlie Li – American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories
Al Fleener – Surface 51
Chris Harbourt – Waterborne Environmental, Inc.*

Longevity through Innovation Award

Rich Masel* — CEO of Dioxide Materials, a startup at EnterpriseWorks
Cobalt Digital
Waters Electrical Contracting

Student Startup Award

Autumn Berry Inspired
Oso Technologies* — EnterpriseWorks startup
HigherMed* — EnterpriseWorks startup

New Venture Award

Sonistic* — EnterpriseWorks startup
mpressInteractive* — EnterpriseWorks startup


The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois’ Technology Entrepreneur Center, Research Park, Office of Corporate Relations, Office of Technology Management, and Office of the Vice President for Research, along with NCSA, Parkland College, Singleton Law Firm, Serra Ventures, Hanson Financial, Ramshaw Real Estate and Surface 51 are the sponsors of the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration, which recognizes those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in the community.

Innovation Celebration is not merely an award for accomplishment, but a benchmark of success for those outstanding individuals, organizations and corporations who are nominated and selected to receive this prestigious award. Additionally, Innovation Celebration serves as a tangible collaboration between the University of Illinois, Parkland College and the community.