Request for Proposals – SBIR/STTR Consultants

November 04, 2020

EnterpriseWorks is seeking proposals from SBIR/STTR consultants to serve clients and lead workshops through their SBA Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.

SBA Awards FAST Grant to EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois

September 22, 2020

EnterpriseWorks received $125,000 as one of 24 awards granted by the SBA's Office of Innovation and Technology under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.

Request for Proposals

September 03, 2020

Contractors will provide services and support for entrepreneurs and researchers with technology development related to the coronavirus pandemic. Two RFPs are posted. One is for consultants. The other is for prototyping, fabrication, or makerspace labs. Proposals received by September 16 will receive full consideration.

EDA Grant to Support Technology & Training in Response to COVID-19 Impact

July 30, 2020

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awards $300,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistant Grant to the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

EDA University Center Issues Report on Economic Gardening in the State of Illinois

June 24, 2020

"Growing Our Own" shares how downstate Illinois utilizes - and can continue to employ - economic gardening development strategies that leverage existing assets of each community.

COVID-19 Resources

March 30, 2020

The Illinois University Incubator Network hosts IUIN Peer webinars for Illinois university incubators to share resources and best practices for responding to the impact of COVID-19 on incubator operations and communities. Staff of the University of Illinois Research Park and the EnterpriseWorks Technology incubator are hosting virtual events and workshops that are open to the public and feature timely and relevant topics for the Illinois innovation and entrepreneurship communities. They have also curated an online list of COVID-19 resources.

Collaboration Encourages Interest in Small Business Innovation Research, Hosts 70 Participants

December 02, 2019

In November, the Illinois University Incubator Network (IUIN), the Research Park at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), the IL SBDC Network, and the IL PTAC at Western Illinois University produced an SBIR Workshop at SIUC that also offered a live webinar and moderation of the workshop at four additional host locations throughout Illinois.

Request for Consulting Proposals

September 04, 2019

The EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks consulting proposals for an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program that will serve startup ventures and prospective entrepreneurs in downstate Illinois (south I-80). Click article headline to read more ...

Surefooted LLC Awarded STTR Grant from National Institutes of Health

December 19, 2018

Approximately 1 in 3 senior citizens experience a fall each year and falls are the leading cause of death by an injury among those aged 65 and older. Surefooted is developing a type of physical therapy equipment that aims to revolutionize fall prevention.

Oxalo Therapeutics Awarded $2.3 Million of STTR Funding from National Institutes of Health

December 03, 2018

According to the National Kidney Foundation, about one in ten people will develop a kidney stone. Oxalo Therapeutics, a University of Chicago (UC) biotech startup, is developing a drug to treat and prevent kidney stones. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Oxalo Therapeutics a $2.3 million grant for a first-of-its-kind drug.

Digital Dipstick Wins SBIR Funding Using Resources Throughout Illinois

July 02, 2018

Digital Dipstick Company, a fluid-monitoring technology startup, was recently awarded $224,000 in Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the National Science Foundation. Digital Dipstick received guidance and help from resources provided by the Illinois University Incubator Network, designed to help entrepreneurs affiliated with University-based entrepreneurship centers. But their story starts long before that.

Entrepreneurial Fellowship Winners Create Unity Threads

June 15, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — United by their civic-minded entrepreneurial talents and empowered by Illinois Wesleyan University’s $5,000 bi-annual Entrepreneurial Fellowship grant, Liam Keffer ’20 (Evergreen Park, Illinois), Benjamin Sestak ’19 (Springfield, Illinois) and Zachary Walsh ’20 (Lombard, Illinois) are developing an online specialty clothing store – Unity Threads – which caters to the needs of children with disabilities.

Launching A Food or Beverage Business In This City Can Help Determine Its Success

June 15, 2018

Entrepreneurs across the country are constantly testing their food and beverage offerings, but where they test them matters. Just because something works on either coast doesn’t mean it’ll take off nationwide, says Alan Reed, executive director of Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network. “But if things work in Chicago, you probably have a nationwide success on your hands ,” Reed says.

Funding for innovative research and development to be focus of SIU workshop

June 13, 2018

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Do you have a great idea for something that would enhance agriculture, rural health care, rural communities or the environment? Government funding is available for innovative research and development focusing on those topics. Learn more about a program that helps people convert a concept into a proven, commercialized product at a June 28 informational workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program workshop is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center, located at 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale.

SIUE camp will cater to future entrepreneurs

June 01, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is offering a new summer camp experience for high school-aged students interested in entrepreneurship. The SIUE Summer Entrepreneurship Academy, a five-day camp, will give ninth through 12th grade students an opportunity to work on the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. The camp will end with the students pitching a business idea to a panel of local entrepreneurs.

Manifest wins first place in Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge

May 31, 2018

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago on May 30 announced the winners of the 22nd annual Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked accelerator program in the nation. Eleven finalists shared in a $700,000 cash prize pool—the highest ever given at the New Venture Challenge, greatly surpassing last year’s prize pool of $400,000. Thanks to a recent gift from Chicago Booth alum Rattan L. Khosa, an additional $150,000 for the new Rattan L. Khosa First-Place Prize was included, as well as $240,000 that was added from various prize sponsors and distinguished judges during today’s deliberations.

Water purification startup NUMiX Materials wins VentureCat

May 30, 2018

Northwestern’s annual student startup competition, VentureCat, brought together 29 of the best and brightest teams from across the University in a battle for $100,000 in non-dilutive prize money. The semifinalist teams represented almost every school at Northwestern and featured graduate and undergraduate students. After a long day of pitching May 23 at the Kellogg Global Hub — and in front of an audience of hundreds and a panel of judges — three teams stood out.