Frerichs, Laura

Director, University of Illinois, Research Park lfrerichATillinoisDOTedu

Laura Frerichs is the University of Illinois Research Park Director. She is responsible for managing incubation services at EnterpriseWorks, marketing the Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. Laura manages programming of events and services to support entrepreneurs and businesses in the Research Park. Prior to her current role, Laura was Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Fox Development Corporation. Laura was responsible for marketing the Research Park for the private developer of the Research Park, and successfully contributed to attracting and retaining dozens of companies during her tenure working on the Research Park. She began working in the area as a Senior Account Manager of the East Central Illinois Region for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Laura began her professional career in marketing, she worked in media strategy an investment for five years at Starcom, a division of the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, working on national brands including Allstate and Pillsbury. Laura is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Media and served as Student Body President at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Laura Frerichs was named “Woman of the Year” by Central Illinois Business Magazine for the Forty Under Forty business awards. She is active in the community and participated in numerous organizations including on the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. In 2011, Laura was awarded the Entrepreneur Advocacy Award at the Champaign County Innovation Celebration.

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