Sometimes it takes only one institution to fire an entire town’s imagination. In the case of Urbana, that institution is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), which graduated the engineering and technological talent that started Netscape, PayPal, Tesla Motors, and YouTube. To this day UIUC incubates and accelerates startups, whether they’re run by students or not. “Anyone can request a free consultation with our entrepreneurs-in-residence, or get help with writing grants for funding,” says Laura Frerichs, director of UIUC’s Research Park. And since the cost of living is only slightly higher than the cost of those free consultations, Urbana is as good a place to grow your business as it is to conceive of it.
The Atkins Group can offer attractive office and industrial space solutions for start up companies.
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