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Illinois University Incubator Network

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Success isn’t a cat-and-mouse game for Petronics. The innovative startup’s premier device Mousr won big at the Global Pet Expo 2018 with the Best in Show award for new cat toys.


Earnest Earth, a student startup at the University of Illinois Research Park, is reaching out to farmers to create a mutually beneficial relationship.


A startup that began as a senior design project has led to innovation and affordable technology.


IllinoisVENTURES, a tenant of EnterpriseWorks, is known for helping make startup dreams come true.


A first-of-its-kind study shows that Champaign County's STEM workforce is bolstered by immigrants. Data collected in the “New Americans in Champaign County” published by the University YMCA shows that 1 in 4 STEM workers are immigrants but make up just 11.6 percent of the county's overall population. 

Illinois Ignite 2018 conference


Chancellor Robert Jones

In an event Tuesday, May 22 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, UI Chancellor Robert Jones presented and answered questions on the university's plans to expand private-public investment in research and entrpreneurial programs.

Tiesta Tea
Tiesta Tea has come a long way since it inception in CEO Dan Klein’s apartment basement and the incubating space of the Research Park.   While studying abroad, Klein and best friend Paul Tannous first fell in love with loose leaf tea at a tea house in Prague. Thus began the journey in founding what News-Gazette interviewer Paul Wood calls the “loose-leaf empire” that is Tiesta Tea.  

Research Park alums took over the Crain’s 20 In Their 20’s List. Three companies that spent time in the Research Park were  Dan Klein with Tiesta Tea, Ashley Moy with Cast21, and Lucas Frye with Amber Agriculture all made the list for their outstanding development in innovation and technology.