The Research Park is not about bricks and mortar. It is the companies and the people who work in them who make this a vibrant, dynamic and ever-evolving community.


Community building events are inherent to the Park’s fabric. Networking opportunities are commonplace; these include happy hours, lunches celebrating holidays of all sorts, bonfires and an annual holiday party. We do educational events, conferences and bring in speakers who have been successful entrepreneurs. The Research Park is a partner with the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation for its TechMix events, a gathering of local technology companies, service organizations, and entrepreneurs. We have periodic non-credit classes on a variety of topics.

The Research Park also facilitates several recurring events targeted at certain groups. Tech CEO Roundtable Dinners provide a small group interaction for CEOs of technology businesses in Champaign-Urbana to address business operations and best practices. A new initiative is an informal lunch forum for women working in the technology sector in Champaign-Urbana, an effort developed since women are still in the minority in these fields. It includes women working in biotech, engineering, IT, or any type of scientific/technology roles within local tech companies.

Event Highlights

The forum gives a chance for entrepreneurs to share their story and provide insights on their success, things they wish they would have known before gettings started, and lessons from their entrepreneurial journey.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present a FREE, live performance in the popular OUTSIDE at the Research Park series. OUTSIDE at the Research Park plays upon a simple concept: great music, fresh food, and a green state of mind in an open, relaxed environment. The performance space and seating area are located just south of the Atkins Building at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign.
Food Truck season is back. Check out the schedule below to stay up to date on the delicious food trucks making appearances at Research Park!Please note that trucks are not under contract to be in Research Park, and schedule is subject to change without notice. If you are a food truck vendor and would like space in the Research Park, please reach out to Cathy McArthur,
The Women in CU Tech Industry Lunch Forum is an informal networking event for women working in Champaign-Urbana area technology companies or women working in technology roles.
The CEO Roundtable is chaired by Brian Jurczyk, CEO of Starfire, and provides a small group interaction for CEO's of technology businesses in Champaign-Urbana to address business operations and best practices.