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Rendering of BP information technology center at UIRP


Champaign, Illinois (April 2, 2019) - The University of Illinois today announced that BP (NYSE: BP), one of the world’s largest energy companies, has opened an information technology center at the University of Illinois Research Park.

The new center will provide BP with better access to the next generation of talent to explore digital solutions and technologies to enhance the modernization of IT services for the company.

TENANT: PhotoniCare | CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

Photonicare biomedical engineer Heather Howard is a Harvard graduate who joined the medical device company after her husband took a position as a University of Illinois faculty member.

"The Research Park (where PhotoniCare is located) was a big factor in our decision to come here," Howard told the News-Gazette's Paul Wood. "I enjoy working surrounded by so much innovation and I love not dealing with Boston traffic every day!"

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

On March 12, the University of Illinois Research Park hosted its 13th annual Career Fair at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Attending students had the opportunity to learn about what companies in the Park were doing in addition to internship and full-time employment opportunities that are available. The event saw over 500 students attend throughout the day.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Moore Prize Check Presentation TellTail
TellTail Receives 2019 Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize 
CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
angela green-miller

Angela Green-Miller, co-founder of animal production software startup TellTail and an associate, was featured in the Sunday News-Gazette's WiredIn interview column. TellTail recently moved into the EnterpriseWorks incubator, but has been working on commercializing its technology for more than a year. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Innovation Celebration Sponsorship

The Research Park salutes all of the finalists for the 14th Annual Innovation Celebration, as announced by Champaign County Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday. 

The winner of each award category will be honored at Innovation Celebration 2019, held at Parkland College on Friday, March 29 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
The first event held by AWARE

The Advancing Women and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE) program, led by Laura Bleill, Associate Director of Research Park in collaboration with Jed Taylor, Executive Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center, was highlighted in The Daily Illini's February 19, 2019 issue. The program serves as a remarkable attempt in helping women and other inadequately represented minorities achieve their entrepreneurial goals. 

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks

CHAMPAIGN, IL, February 13, 2019 – In a new study measuring the startup ecosystems of an 11-state region it calls “the Silicon Prairie”, Champaign-Urbana ranked Number 2 out of 42 communities analyzed for startup and entrepren

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
Research Park Commons and EnterpriseWorks Incubator Expansion

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's recently released campus strategic plan includes several references to increasing investments in the University of Illinois Research Park and the EnterpriseWorks incubator with the express goal to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem and support economic development in the region.

CATEGORY: Enterpriseworks
next 150 university of illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Entrepreneurship and innovation are central to the new five-year strategic plan unveiled by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday in a town hall at the Illini Union.

Called “The Next 150,” the strategic plan renews the campus commitment to four goals, including

Fostering scholarship, discovery and innovation

Providing transformative learning experiences

Making a significant and visible societal impact