New Illinois Innovation Index highlights growth of university-driven startups in Illinois

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released new data conveying the growth of entrepreneurial activity across the state’s universities as part of its Illinois Innovation Index, a publication that reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy. A big takeaway? The report found that over the past five academic years, students and faculty at Read more »

Parkland Videos Highlight Manufacturing Companies in Champaign County

As part of our effort to highlight products and innovation Made in Champaign County (#MadeInCC), we were happy to connect Parkland College with some of our local manufacturers so they could create videos to highlight the companies, their products, work environment, job opportunities, and more. EpiWorks, Inc. Frasca International, Inc. BRG Sports HL Precision Manufacturing, Inc. Read more »

Patterson Wins Cozad Entrepreneur Award

Congratulations to Lori Gold Patterson, CEO of Pixo and EDC Board member! Lori will receive the V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Parkland College on June 8th at the iHotel and Conference Center. Read more about the award here. Pixo was recently honored at Innovation Celebration 2016 as a finalist for the Innovation: Longevity Read more »

TINKER by IntelliWheels, Inc. Selected as National Finalist in SBA InnovateHER Business Challenge

From the January 21, 2016 press release: SBA Names Finalists for InnovateHER Business Challenge 10 Game Changing Entrepreneurs Selected to Pitch Their Innovative Products and Services During Women’s History Month WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the finalists of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition Read more »

Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) Visits Champaign-Urbana


As part of the You’re Welcome CU campaign, we were thrilled to host Robert Scoble “Scobleizer” in Champaign-Urbana. Robert Scoble is a tech influencer and vlogger. He travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleedng edge of technology. He’s interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books, Read more »