Illinois Public Media made a very special trip to the Research Park on Tuesday, September 25 to broadcast their radio show, The 21st, live from the EnterpriseWorks incubator. The broadcast discussed startup culture in the Champaign-Urbana area, focusing on promising innovation from student entrepreneurs and startups within the incubator.
Host Niala Boodhoo spent the morning at the EnterpriseWorks incubator speaking with Director Laura Frerichs. Frerichs said the Research Park “is a hotbed of startup activity. There’s so much science happening at the University and ample opportunity to bring that to the market through the ingenuity of students, faculty, alumni that see an opportunity for new products and new technologies that can truly be disruptive.” They talked all about the startup workforce in Champaign-Urbana and how it contributes to technological growth.
Boodhoo also spent some time speaking with Research Park startup owners and iVenture entrepreneurs about their companies. She began with EarthSense founder Chinmay Soman and later interviewed Petronics co-founders Michael Friedman and Dave Cohen about the future of their businesses. She also spoke with iVenture participants Teresa Yang of PhantomCor and Kendall Furbee of Cut To The Case about their experience as student entrepreneurs.
To listen to “this very special 21st, live from EnterpriseWorks at the Research Park,” access the entire broadcast online here.