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NVC@20: Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals

When: Thursday, June 2, 2016  |  8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Bus will leave from UIUC for Chicago at 6:00 a.m.

Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25, Concourse Level, and Room 104 for overflow seating (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)

Who Should Attend: Open to the public

Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Join us for the finals of the 20th annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). Throughout the day, the NVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services, such as legal and professional consulting services, and office space – have helped past NVC winners like GrubHub, Braintree, and Base CRM grow into successful businesses. The NVC is a top-ranked U.S. accelerator program and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the program.

Apply to attend: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4092218 



Join us on June 2nd for our Intern Blood Drive hosted by Community Blood Services of Illinois! Research Park donors will automatically be entered into a drawing for a new Ford Fiesta and a $300 gas card but every presenting donor will also get a 16 oz acrylic mug.

Why you should donate:

  • More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • There is no substitute for human blood.
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.



Join us for the first ever Shared Services Expo to speak to EnterpriseWorks interns about the services they offer, how to request and utilize these through shared services, and see past projects


Join Interns from across Research Park for our intern summer workshop series. In the first workshop of the summer, Jennifer Larson will familiarize attendees with LinkedIn's professional social media platform and share tips on how to use it effectively. The workshop will run from 12:00-1:00pm. Lunch will be served. Check back regularly for updates!

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