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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.

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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

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The Daily Illini took an in-depth look at the Research Park’s technology startup incubator, EnterpriseWorks, in the paper’s January 31 edition.


EarthSense, a company that develops ultra-compact autonomous robots for crop breeders, agronomists, and growers, has been featured in Successful Farming’s 8 Ag Tech start-ups worth watching in 2019.

The company was founded by University of Illinois entrepreneurs, Chinmay Soman and Girish Chowdhary.  

Their headlining agricultural robot, TerraSentia, provides field phenotyping from the ground level up. The creation of TerraSentia was inspired by the recognition of the fact that most of the important events on a field start under the canopy. 

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"As I look to the future of my specialty of radiology and medicine as a whole, I see that various forms of artificial intelligence will play important roles in the practice of medicine in the future." - Dr. Thomas Kim

Dr. Kim was the focus of the News-Gazette's Wired In Sunday interview column on Jan. 6. The column features the Champaign-Urbana technology community. 

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It's not rare for a University of Illinois deep-tech startup to fly under the radar.

One such startup -- founded by a University of Illinois computer science faculty member and a graduate of the EnterpriseWorks incubator --received a bit of notoriety from online tech magazine Chicago Inno. 

Runtime Verification is now located in downtown Urbana, and has grown to have 30+ employees. Founded by Grigiore Rosu, uses runtime verification-based techniques to improve the safety, reliability, and correctness of software systems.

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EnterpriseWorks robotics startup Petronics will showcase the world's most technologically advanced cat toy at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

Chicago Inno named Champaign-based Petronics one of 12 Chicago companies to watch at CES. 

Follow the Petronics journey at CES via social media on Facebook. 


Agrinews wrote all about the University of Illinois Research Park in one of their latest articles.


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The EnterpriseWorks graduate, CU Aerospace, launched their satellite into space for the first time on December 12, 2018. Over a decade in the making, CU Aerospace along with University of Illinois engineering students developed the small CubeSail satellite. At 10PM, this satellite launched from New Zealand, hitching a ride on the Electron rocket from the commercial space company, Rocket Lab. This technology was developed when CU Aerospace lived inside the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park. 


The state of Illinois produces STEM and computer science talent in the 2018 Talent Index by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

With nearly 25,000 STEM degrees awarded in 2017, Illinois ranked fifth in the nation in STEM degree production with 3,724 degrees in data science fields. Illinois has proven to be a growing hub for data and computer science where jobs have grown at more than twice the national rate over the past five years.