Laura Frerichs oversees the University of Illinois Research Park, entrepreneurship activities at EnterpriseWorks technology incubator, and supports the University’s economic development efforts. There are 120 companies at the Research Park in a development including 17 buildings on the University campus. EnterpriseWorks incubator clients have raised more than $1Billion in venture capital and capture 25% of the state’s SBIR/STTR federal small business awards annually. Laura helped attract large corporate centers including innovation centers for Abbott, Abbvie, ADM, BP, Caterpillar, Yahoo, Synchrony, John Deere, Capital One and more. She is on the board of the Association of University Research Parks, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Technology Association, and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, P33 Business and Culture Committee, and the ChicagoNEXT council. She served as Governor Rauner’s Innovation Council Co-Chair in 2015 and Co-Chair of Governor-Elect Transition Committee on Job Creation in 2018. She is a graduate of the Edgar Fellows program at the University of Illinois and the College of Media.