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EnterpriseWorks is a technology business incubator that supports University of Illinois and community entrepreneurs in all stages of their startup journey.

Its clients build and create disruptive technologies across a wide range of areas, reflecting the depth and breadth of the university expertise in agtech, biotechnology, chemical sciences, software development, materials sciences and more.

EnterpriseWorks startups are working to address challenges with results that are transformative. More often than not, they are bringing leading University of Illinois research to the marketplace.

EnterpriseWorks remains the heart of the Research Park’s community building efforts, and ensures the intersection of the Research Park’s startup and corporate innovation community with faculty, students, and staff at the University. Its atrium is a hub of activity, housing meetups and workshops.


EnterpriseWorks was built in 2003 to help successfully launch early-stage technology companies. The incubator is owned and operated by the University of Illinois. Since opening, EnterpriseWorks has launched more than 200 startup companies.

Named as one of Inc Magazine’s “Top 3 College Town Incubators” and as one of Forbes‘ “10 Technology Incubators Changing the World,” EnterpriseWorks is an incubator facility and resource center for science and technology focused entrepreneurs.

EnterpriseWorks Expansion

The vision for the EnterpriseWorks Expansion and Research Park Commons plan is to provide adequate lab facilities for growth-stage startup companies and to add community spaces creating an environment for creative collisions. Learn more about the plan here.

Join Us

As we say at EnterpriseWorks: we don’t check your LinkedIn at the door. All are welcome to attend events and request resources such as meetings with our Entrepreneurs in Residence.

You don’t have to have a formed a company or even have an idea for a startup to participate in entrepreneur educational workshops. Some programs may have minimum requirements to gain access.

What EnterpriseWorks Offers: Labs, Offices, and Much More

There are 23 wet labs at EnterpriseWorks, each with different configurations that are designed to suit a variety of sectors and use cases. Offices at EnterpriseWorks range in size, accommodating anywhere from one to eight people. It has a shared equipment lab, a maker lab, coworking space, kitchen and conference rooms. (Download an overview here.)

But EnterpriseWorks is much more than a building. Benefits include access to:

    • University of Illinois lab equipment and facilities
    • Lab supplies at reduced educational rates
    • Our shared services team, who do projects on behalf of our entrepreneurs including visual branding and website development.
    • A community of entrepreneurs who are sharing the same experiences – a peer network beyond compare.

Becoming a Tenant at EnterpriseWorks: How to Apply

To become a tenant or affiliate at EnterpriseWorks, a company must apply. See the application process below.

All leases in EnterpriseWorks last one year; renewal is based on company progress and the continued need of incubation services. The typical incubation period is three to five years.

EnterpriseWorks: Leasing Labs and Offices

Tenants at EnterpriseWorks have full access to its suite of services for entrepreneurs and benefit from the peer community that envelops it.

Acceptance as a tenant is contingent upon meeting the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be an incorporated, for-profit company with a valid tax ID.
  • The applicant must be an early-stage, technology-based company with significant market potential.
  • The applicant must have (or wish to have) an active relationship, in some form, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • The principals involved should be well-qualified in their field of technology and have (or plan to have) experienced management as part of the team.
  • The company must be financially solvent with a plan to raise sufficient capital to achieve its business plan.
EnterpriseWorks Tenant Application

Have questions? Contact Laura Frerichs, Director of the Research Park, at

EnterpriseWorks Affiliate Program

The EnterpriseWorks Affiliate Program is a pre-incubation program for early-stage startup companies. This program is designed to help inventors and entrepreneurs to access EnterpriseWorks' services and become tenants of the Research Park through an affordable program.

To be considered for the affiliate program, the applicant:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Must have a real need for the services offered through EnterpriseWorks
  • Must be a technology-based business with commercial potential
  • Must have well-qualified principals involved with the business
Affiliate Application
EnterpriseWorks Individual Membership

The EnterpriseWorks Individual Membership is designed to provide access to EnterpriseWorks' services to solo entrepreneurs, contract workers, or professionals who are working remotely.

To be considered for individual membership, the applicant:

  • Must be a well-qualified individual
  • Must be working for or starting a for-profit business
  • Must have a real need for the services offered through EnterpriseWorks
  • Must be working on a research or technology related professional opportunity
Individual Membership Application
Student Startup Initiative

Students may submit proposals to be considered for access to the co-working space and shared lab facilities in EnterpriseWorks, the startup incubator at the Research Park. Proposals are accepted on a competitive basis. Occasionally, shared space that is dedicated to student startups may be available, but it is not guaranteed.

To be considered for student startup membership, the applicant:

    • Must have a founder/executive that is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois
    • Must be starting a for profit business
    • Must have a real need for the services offered through EnterpriseWorks
    • Must be a technology-based business

*Most of the available student startup space is dedicated to Cozad New Venture Competition and Lemelson-Illinois Prize winners.

Student Startup Initiative Application


Tenant Resources

Card Requests

Tenants may make three different request types for their employees.

  • Net ID: Grants access to the University of Illinois WiFi network.
  • Prox Card: Grants access to tenant office space.
  • Research Park Card: Demonstrates employment at the Research Park.
Submit a Card Request
Conference Rooms

EnterpriseWorks tenants have the option of reserving conference room space no charge.  Tenants have their choice of four different conference rooms that accommodate eight to twenty-five people.

Room 115 holds 8 - 10 people
Room 215 holds 10 - 12 people
Room 220 holds 12 - 15 people
McMillan Meeting Room (130) holds 25 people
Atrium holds up to 50 people at rounds or 80 people theatre-style

Conference rooms include features such as:

  • Polycom conference phone
  • White board walls and LCD TV for laptop hook up
  • UIUC wireless and hard wired connections
  • McMillan Meeting Room (130) has built-in projection system and laptop
  • Atrium has built-in projection system and laptop

Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Online
Service Requests

To submit a service request, please contact Jim Wells at


Tenant Discounts

EnterpriseWorks companies have access to a variety of tenant discounts including discounts on payment platforms, customer relationship management, hosting programs, and more.

If you are a current EnterpriseWorks tenant and would like more information on how to access these discounts, contact Roger West at

Tenant Discounts


Altium offers a one-year subscription for Altium Designer to EnterpriseWorks tenants and affiliates. Altium Designer is an easy, modern, and powerful PCB design software that enables users to effortlessly connect with every facet of the PCB design process.

Amazon Web Services

The team at Amazon Web Services has a startup program for companies in our portfolio. The program, AWS Activate, provides you with the following perks:

  • Up to $5,000 in AWS credit valid for 2 years
  • One year of AWS Business Support (up to $1,500)
  • Opportunities to qualify for additional credits

EnterpriseWorks startups can apply here for AWS Activate. Please contact Cynthia Faullin at to receive the Organization ID required for creating your account.


Braintree is a full-stack payments platform that makes it easy to accept payments in your app or website. When you sign up with Braintree Ignite, there are no fees on your first $50,000 of sales volume. After your business crosses the $50,000 threshold, the standard 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction rate applies. Charge-backs will still incur a $15 fee during this promotion.


Contactually helps businesses follow up with the right people, at the right me, to maximize relationship ROI.

Contactually is the CRM you'll actually want to use. It's designed to help you and your team generate more business from your existing network of relationships by organizing, automating, and improving your ordinary communication.


MATLAB® is a high level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide.

EnterpriseWorks clients now have one year of free access to MATLAB and Simulink, mathematical computing tools used by more than 1 million technical professionals worldwide.

Microsoft BizSpark

The Microsoft BizSpark program provides technology, support, visibility, and community to promising startups and entrepreneurs. Access to 900+ current, full-featured software development tools, platform technologies, and server products to build software applications. BizSpark startups also get free monthly Microsoft Azure benefits enabling them to quickly build,deploy, and manage Web applications.


Quick2LAUNCH’s platform helps clients develop visually stunning presentations.

In under 48 hours, Quick2LAUNCH’s graphic design team can transform plain slides into a powerful presentation.

Rackspace Startups

The Rackspace Startup Program helps you launch your business with hosting, mentorship, branding, and fanatical support

The Rackspace Startup Program offers:

  • $2,000 monthly discount off US-based cloud products for a period of 12 concurrent months.
  • Additional discounts include:
    • Mailgun - $50/month discount for 12 months
    • ObjectRocket – 20% discount on first shard for 12 months
    •  Airbrake - $39/month discount for 3 months
    • New Relic - Free Standard Account for life
    • CloudPassage - Free Halo Firewall for Rackspace Cloud
    • Load Impact - 100 free test credits ($299 value)
    • Dome9 - Free access to Lite Cloud edition plus 30-day unlimited trail of
      all features in Paid Plans
  • Technical mentorship. Cloud launch managers will help you architect your app so it's built to scale right from the beginning.
  • Fanatical Support®. Should you run into any problems along the way, just pick up the phone and call. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Building your brand. Resources like Cloud Tools Marketplace and guidance. Build your brand and get up to speed on the latest ways to get your startup noticed in the market.

Sync by BitTorrent

BitTorrent Sync lets you sync and share files of any size, without the cloud, without touching any third-party servers. By moving files directly between devices, it's fully private and takes the most efficient path.

Try Sync today, with Pro features enabled for 30 days. All EnterpriseWorks tenants are eligible for a discounted annual subscription.


Twilio is a cloud service to send and receive calls or texts automatically. Twilio provides each member a $50 promotion after they sign up for a free account. This requires a credit card, but you will not be charged.


Wolfram Research, Inc. proudly offers Mathematica and System Modeler to Research Park affiliates for 1 year + 3 online trainings per licensee. U of I Research Park organizations can also sign up for a free Wolfram Cloud account.

Wolfram Research: bringing computation and knowledge to everything. Creators of Mathematica, @Wolfram_Alpha, Wolfram Language. Founded in 1987 by @stephen_wolfram.