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Join us for the reception on Wednesday before the 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. 


SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) will be Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. 

Modern agriculture is being transformed by a confluence of advancing technologies. As a result, record-breaking investments in the sector are supporting new ventures. The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering, and technology intersect, and is on its way to becoming a hub of agriculture entrepreneurship activity. 

The 2016 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit was held on Thursday, February 18 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. A highly interactive event featuring innovators from industry and academia, entrepreneurs, and investors, the one-day program included keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a lunch program. 

Digital Booklet

Highlights from AgTech 2016:

View the various slide decks and videos from some of our 2016 presentations:
"Traceability Across the Entire Food Supply Chain" - H. Jeffrey Castillo, video
"Animal Health" - Aaron Gilbertie, video
"Functional Foods" - Keith A. Garleb, video
"Connected Farming" - Julian Sanchez, PhD, video
"Data Modernizing Agronomy" - Chris Harbourt, PhD, video
"Farm Ops Management" - Bborie Park, video
"Precision Agriculture Landscape" - Andrew Selek, panel video
"Smart Systems Revolutionizing Ag" - Jason Bull, video
"UAVs in Agriculture" - Jack Marck, video

2017 Schedule of Events (Tentative)

Reception: Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.
Summit: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the event will conclude at 3 p.m.

Subscribe to our AgTech Innovation Summit mailing list to stay up to date on speakers, panel subjects and more. 

More information can be found here.

This event is co-hosted by the College of ACES, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois. 

Book your room at the conference hotel here.

Please click here to register.



Research Park employees are invited to a Meet and Greet with Jenny Kim, our new Assistant Director for Talent and Programming. Before joining the EnterpriseWorks, Jenny served as the Assistant Director for Employer Outreach at the Graduate College Career Development Office where she lead efforts to build employer relations and create opportunities for student and employer interactions. Jenny earned a Bachelors in Biology and recently completed her PhD in Neuroscience, both right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In honor of Fat Tuesday, a Mardi Gras-themed lunch will be served. First come, first served.



Please join us for the first of a three-part series on applying for Small Business Innovation Research grants. Did you know that in 2016, Champaign-Urbana received 28% of the SBIR awards that went to companies in the State of Illinois? SBIR grants provided non-dilutive funding for innovative small businesses for research and development purposes. Join us for an SBIR 101 presentation by EnterpriseWorks Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jed Taylor, where you will learn the basics of the SBIR application process. Lunch will be served.

Future SBIR Roadmap Workshops:
Q and A with a National Science Foundation SBIR Program Manager, April
SBIR Budgets and Other Details (Will Include a Panel of SBIR Recipients), May

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