Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event

The next Catalyze Event is this TUESDAY, MAY 21, FROM 5:30-7PM in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.

Employer registration is now open at
Please register by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 15 to be included in the Company Map

EnterpriseWorks is located at 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign.
Parking is free in the lot North of the building- entrance on Oak Street.

Do you want to build your Professional Network with the more than 100 tech companies clustered around Champaign-Urbana? Are you wondering where your career could take you in this thriving tech community? Catalyze: A Professional Networking event is an opportunity to enjoy conversation and build connections in an informal but organized environment. Meet employers located in Research Park and the local CU community that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups.  Join us for this event to grow the C-U tech professional community, welcome newcomers, and build relationships.

We encourage you to bring resumes and business cards. No preregistration required.


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Please contact Jenny Kim at with any questions about the event.


Last year we also had tech demos from EarthSenseLifeFoundryPhotonicare, and Psyonic.


Past particpating companies:

II-VI EpiWorks

EpiWorks is a global leader in III-V epitaxial wafer development and production. Our semiconductor technology enables industry leading performance in key photonic and RF components for consumer, communications, datacenter, network, wireless and mobile applications.


AGCO / GSI is a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment. From tractors to combines, grain bins and livestock equipment, we are responsible for delivering end-to-end solutions for the agrilcutre industry. We are always interested in growing our network of talented people who are interested in learning more about agriculture and our mission to provide high-tech solutions for professional farmers feeding the world.


Ameren is a fully rate-regulated electric and gas utility, operating in Missouri and Illinois. We serve 2.4 million electric and 0.9 million gas customers. At Ameren’s Innovation Center, you will work in a fast paced, dynamic environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. The Innovation Center supports challenging projects and conducts research in areas of advanced technology that contributes toward the Company’s strategic investment in forward-thinking initiatives. Gain valuable work experience in various aspects of technology research & development within a large energy company.


Amobee is a technology company that transforms the way brands and agencies make marketing decisions. The Amobee Marketing Platform enables marketers to plan and activate cross channel, programmatic media campaigns using real-time market research, proprietary audience data, advanced analytics, and more than 150 integrated partners, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat and Twitter. Amobee is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singtel, one of the largest communications technology companies in the world which reaches over 640 million mobile subscribers. The company operates across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit or follow @amobee

AXIS Capital

AXIS Capital, is a leading diversified global reinsurer and specialty insurer that provides risk transfer products, including treaty and facultative property and casualty reinsurance to insurance companies comprising catastrophe, property, professional lines, credit and surety, motor, general liability, engineering, marine, workers' compensation and agriculture and specialty insurance for a wide variety of niche businesses around the world.

Capital One

We are seeking a full-time Machine Learning Software Engineer to join our team. The Data Innovation Team (part of C4ML) on the UIUC campus in research park is specifically focused on unsupervised and semi-supervised solutions to data related problems. Whether it is profiling data, identifying & tracking model drift, or creating synthetic data - we are a tight knit group, focusing on machine learning problems which deliver high value. Are you a high performing engineer or data scientist passionate about cutting edge Machine Learning research or applying the latest advances to production projects? Do you enjoy reading and investigating advancements in applied machine learning architectures and solution white papers? Would you like to participate in the creation of publishable advancements in machine learning? Or does the idea of building enterprise-class ML applications that solve real customer problems excite you? At Capital One’s Center for Machine Learning (C4ML), you'll be part of an elite team setting the example for machine learning research and applied machine learning.


Forcepoint (formerly Raytheon Cyber Products) is the largest privately held cybersecurity company. Through our 20 years of frontline experience, proactive and context-based technologies, and data-centric, integrated solutions, Forcepoint enables better decision-making and more efficient security at the human point for more than 20,000 government organizations and enterprises world-wide.

We are experiencing exciting growth & welcome anyone interested in helping us to make a difference in securing our increasingly digital world.


The Programming Technologies Lab at Huawei US Research Center conducts research in the language FM & compilers, language design and tools targeting embedded systems, cloud and smart devices. We are growing quickly, and are looking for talented software engineers to join our Cloud Tools and other teams in Champaign.


Inprentus manufactures custom-made blazed diffraction gratings for scientific research. Diffraciton gratings are an optical component used in lasers and other devices which make measurements using light. Inprentus' typical customers are national laboratory facilities, like Argonne in Illinois, and SLAC in California. While we do not have any openings at this time, we are a growing company and are always happy to take resumes to keep on file.

Jump Labs

Jump Labs is currently looking to fill multiple software engineering roles and expand Jump Trading's core development presence in Champaign. Our Core Dev Team designs, codes, tests, and maintains our high-performance, distributed systems that enables trading on more than 80 financial exchanges and processing multi-petabyte datasets on one of the most powerful computing grids in the world.A full job description is available on the Research Park site.


LifeFoundry enables micro organisms, as cell factories, to produce value-added chemicals from low-cost renewable feedstocks like corn and sugar cane. To create desired traits in these industrial micro organisms, we leverage our fully-automated robotic platform and proprietary machine learning algorithm to explore the vast number of genomic configurations. LifeFoundry is currently working with Fortune 500 companies to expedite R&D and optimize existing bioproduction processes.


meShare is an open, compatible, and secure IoT ecosystem.

meShare can support all smart devices with its open-standard API. Our modular platform means that we can quickly meet the needs of device providers. Developers can easily tap into meShare’s resources, which already include support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Nutrien Ag Solutions (Agrible)

Nutrien Ag Solutions is changing the face of ag retail by creating an innovative digital platform that allows growers to plan their farming operations like never before. The Champaign campus is focused on big data, predictive analytics, mobile apps, and other innovative tech. This is a great chance to be involved in the digital transformation of an industry through use of the latest tools and software.


Pominic.NET is a home-grown, US-based hosting services provider, providing services and support to businesses all over the world. We get up in the morning to make sure your business runs as smoothly as possible. Our company was founded in 1998 by Jon Schultz and Justin Hill, both graduates of UIUC. The shared vision of building Prominic.NET into a company servicing businesses running on IBM products is still the driving force (and expertise) behind our company today. We're a dedicated team focused on bringing your company the best possible solutions. Our goal is to help make our clients successful. We are excited to speak to someone interested in the role of a Cisco/Windows/Linux admin.


With exponentially increasing healthcare complexity and limited physician resources, computational tools are increasingly central to improving care. SimBioSys is a startup located in the University of Illinois Research Park that is developing technology to aid physician decision making for cancer care. This technology can be thought of as a “computational microscope” that peers into each patient’s unique tumor microenvironment (aka a “TumorScope”). Integrating the gamut of health data available for a patient, these TumorScopes help physicians select from the multitude of treatment options by providing quantitative measures of their success or failure in a personalized fashion.

SimBioSys is seeking several energetic, dynamic Software Engineers, Scientists, and Interns to join our organization immediately in both part- and full-time capacities. In the position, you will work closely within our multidisciplinary team to design the next revolution in clinical decision support.

State Farm

Working at State Farm takes heart. We help customers protect the things that matter most to them. We help them get back on their feet after an accident or disaster. And, we help people plan ahead for the future they want. Our employees are challenged, guided, and empowered. As a community, we help one another grow professionally and personally. It's part of who we are and have been since 1922.

The Product Manufactory

The Product Manufactory (TPM) is a product design and R&D firm composed of highly skilled engineers, designers, coders, and fabricators. The products they've developed have ranged from research instrumentation to consumer electronics to railroad power supplies.

Traverse Science

Traverse Science facilitates clinical innovation in the food and drug industry. With a focus on the gut and brain, Traverse partners industry sponsors with experts in using the pig model for research and provides project, data, and report management services.


Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world's most respected computer, web and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As a pioneer in computation and computational knowledge, the company has pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today's and tomorrow's world.


Champaign-based global Smart Home IoT company with more than 6 million devices sold in the US, seeking talents and connections