Champaign, June 14: The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign welcomes peers today from across the United States to a first-of-its-kind conference that showcases successful research parks in their own element. Presented by the Association of University Research Parks, Introduction to Research Parks (I2RP) is designed for those interested in viewing distinctive parks, learning their unique story of ongoing development and programs in addition to challenges and opportunities.
“In our business, there’s a saying, ‘If you’ve seen one Research Park, you’ve seen one Research Park,”, said Laura Frerichs, director of the University of Illinois Research Park and an AURP board member. “We are thrilled to be the first park to present in this series and share our best practices in operating a successful tech park and incubator with our peers.”
Participants will arrive the evening of June 14, with a full day of panels and an tours scheduled for June 15. Universities registered include Penn State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Iowa State, Purdue, Kansas State, Michigan State, along with the Illinois Math and Science Academy and Sandia Science and Technology Park.
The program will provide a summary of research park governance, history of development plans and negotiations, corporate relationships, and entrepreneurship programs at the successful university incubator.
The next I2RP event will be in August at Georgia Tech.
About AURP: The Association of University Research Parks is a nonprofit organization composed of research parks across the globe foster innovation and provides leaderships to parks to help facilitate the transfer of technology from institutions to the private sector.
About the Research Park at the University of Illinois: The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a technology hub for startup companies and corporate research and development operations. Within the Research Park there are more than 100 companies employing students and full-time technology professionals.