Laura Frerichs is the University of Illinois Research Park Director. She is responsible for managing startup company incubation services at EnterpriseWorks, marketing the Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. Director Frerichs has developed innovative entrepreneur support programs including the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, I-Start launch program, Student Shared Services, SBIR and Industrial Design assistance.
Under Frerichs’s leadership, the Research at the University was named AURP Outstanding Research Park of the Year in 2011, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 3 College Town Incubators in 2013, and by Forbes in 2010 as one of 10 Incubators Changing the World. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois Alumni Association Campus Alumni Advisory Board, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Technology Association.