Innovation Resources

A Hotbed of Innovation

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has a vibrant and rapidly evolving innovation ecosystem. From our flagship Research Park and small business incubator to our wealth of entrepreneurial training and educational programs, Urbana-Champaign is a hotbed of research translation—and societal transformation. Many partners across campus work together to provide support and resources to the entrepreneurial community.


Learn about Entrepreneurship at UIUC

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Entrepreneurship Events

Join free entrepreneurship events at the Research Park—they are open to the community!

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Research Park Newsletter

Subscribe to the Research Park newsletter to get emails with company news, programs, events, and regional resources.

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EnterpriseWorks Tour

Take a free tour of EnterpriseWorks, every Friday 4:00 to 4:30 P.M. Email the team to reserve your spot. Here are some examples of current companies and graduates.

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Illini-Founded Companies

Check out a crowd-sourced list of companies founded by people affiliated with UIUC.




The Research Park

Companies locate in the research park to recruit high-quality technical talent, collaborate with the University, and speed up the innovation process.

Technology-Based Innovation and Economic Development

  • 120+ companies: corporate innovation centers and university startups
    • 30 global corporations with innovation centers—including many Fortune 500 companies
    • 60 startup companies at EnterpriseWorks incubator
  • 2,200 employees: third largest collective employer in Champaign County
    • 800 student employees (65% undergraduate, 35% graduate), paid experiential learning for companies
  • Daily events programmed by Research Park for clients with a high level of activation and community

Research Park Master Plan

Explore the university’s vision for the state’s premier Research Park

EnterpriseWorks 2.0

Increasing incubation capacity and creating growth space for deep-tech and life science companies

Live-Work-Play: The Next Phase of Research Park Development

Plans for a residential community for area professionals and a new restaurant/retail space.


Turn-key lab spaces for growth-stage agriculture and life science companies, and shorter-term leasing to industry partners/collaborators.