Campus Resources

By virtue of our affiliation with the University of Illinois, Research Park and EnterpriseWorks tenants also benefit from university-administered resources.

Our University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus location provides Research Park companies and startups with unparalleled convenience when it comes to accessing university-related resources.

Facility Use Agreements

Companies can gain access to University of Illinois laboratory equipment and facilities by entering into Facilities Use Agreement and/or Technical Testing Agreements with the University.

The top requested research facilities include the clean-room labs within the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory; various sophisticated lasers; and microscopy. Companies also may access the Blue Waters sustained petascale computing facility.

Companies also have access to rapid prototyping and machine shop services through the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Clients pay on a cost-recovery basis (materials and labor only), so prices are extremely low compared to commercial service options.

Faculty and staff-founded companies located in EnterpriseWorks and the Research Park can setup interdepartmental agreements for technical testing or facilities use, resulting in substantial savings compared to external company use rates.

 

Allied Agency

Allied Agencies may can receive specific benefits offered by the University of Illinois for being located on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

For more information on the benefits of being an allied organization, please visit the Office of Corporate Relations website here.

 

Employees working at University of Illinois Research Park companies can begin accessing these resources by requesting a Research Park card.

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Campus Organizations

Office of Technology Management (OTM)

The Office of Technology Management's mission is to encourage innovation, enhance research, and facilitate economic development through the transfer of intellectual property.

In its primary area of responsibility, the OTM provides in-house technology protection and commercialization services to transfer IP created on the Champaign-Urbana campus into practical use to benefit the public as quickly and effectively as possible.

Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC)

The Technology Entrepreneur Center is an interdisciplinary program in the Grainger College of Engineering engaging a vast pool of faculty, students, and alumni to provide the education, experiences, and resources that students need to become innovative leaders and empower them to change the world around them.

Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (OVAEL) offers entrepreneurship programs, services, and resources to faculty, students, and community members. The Academy's mission is to encourage entrepreneurial awareness and initiatives across all disciplines at the University. Drawing on the strengths of all fields across the Illinois campus, OVAEL helps to initiate, build, and connect an understanding, appreciation, and inclusion of entrepreneurship.

EntreCorps

EntreCorps is a student-managed consulting organization that provides business strategy and design thinking advice to entrepreneurial startups. The team is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students who assist both aspiring entrepreneurs and growing startups.

 

Student Entrepreneurship

Founders

Founders is a student entrepreneurship organization that aims to unify entrepreneurial groups across campus. To ensure a cohesive experience, they have strong ties with the TEC. Founders provides an environment that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals in order to foster a growing Illinois entrepreneurial community.

iVenture Accelerator

iVenture Accelerator enables the top student-led startups at the University of Illinois to create technological innovations, social ventures, and cultural campaigns by supporting them with knowledge, funding, and access to world-class University of Illinois resources and alumni. Students are equipped with the time, space, and mentorship necessary to find product-market fit, build prototypes, pilot programs, key partnerships, and scale.

Entrepreneurs Without Borders

Entrepreneurs Without Borders is a student-led organization that allows entrepreneurial-minded college students establish long-term relationships with disenfranchised people in other countries and work with them to solve problems.

Campus Resources

Research Park's location provides convenient access to on-campus resources.