Innovation – Not only for Engineers

Innovation – Not only for Engineers

Dec 21
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

There is a lot of innovation going on in Champaign-Urbana lately, and it’s not only the geeks and nerds that have a corner on the market. In fact, there is a good bit of buzz pertaining to the food and agriculture space. Look at who is setting up shop in the Research Park at the University of Illinois, and you will see familiar names from the agriculture sector and several start-up companies that see opportunities to innovate in related market segments. In fact, on February 18, the 2016 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit is scheduled at the nearby iHotel, http://researchpark.illinois.edu/agtechsummit. What’s really exciting about all this innovation opportunity is that it is not limited to professionals and professors. Students really can get in on the action in a variety of ways, including ACES students. For example, the College of Engineering is home to the Technology Entrepreneur Center, but the TEC is keenly interested in reaching out to students who have innovative ideas from all across the campus to take a plunge and try their programs. In fact, right now, nominations are open for the Illinois Innovation Prize. Maybe your idea could be the next big thing! For more information, go to http://tec.illinois.edu/.