Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event

Thanks to all the companies and attendees that made our October 2019 Catalyze event a success! 


Our next Catalyze event will be on Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-7 PM at EnterpriseWorks.


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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.



Brought to you by Research Park, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and You're Welcome CU


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



October 2019 Catalzye Company Descriptions and Map:

October 2019 Registered Companies:


Amdocs is a leading software and services provider to communications and media companies of all sizes, accelerating the industry’s dynamic and continuous digital transformation.  With a rich set of innovative solutions, long-term business relationships with 350 communications and media providers, and technology and distribution ties to 600 content creators, Amdocs delivers business improvements to drive growth. Amdocs and its 25,000 employees serve customers in over 85 countries.


Every day, Ameren is working hard to provide more reliable energy, reduce outages and restore power faster than ever before. It's all part of our ongoing commitment to keep pace with future energy needs, as we proudly continue to serve, support and invest in the communities we call home. St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers.

Ameren's Innovation Center at the Research Park is looking for partners to help support challenging projects and conduct research in areas of advanced technology that contributes toward the company's strategic investment in forward-thinking initiatives.


Aqueous Solutions makes The Geochemist's Workbench software package, an advanced set of applications used by environmental scientists and engineers in more than 90 countries around the world. This dynamic startup offers exciting opportunities for professional development in a collegial and supportive small group atmosphere.


ATSP Innovations has developed a new family of high temperature/high performance polymers called Aromatic Thermosetting coPolyesters. These resins are tailored for use in tribological, adhesive, as well as structural and electronic applications. Our team matches world-class expertise in polymer synthesis and tribology to tackle challenging next-generation applications. We are looking to talk with talented professionals and students with interest in and knowledge of the polymers industry, space exploration/development and the launch industry, composites, manufacturing, etc.


Based in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is a vertically integrated health system with more than 7,000 employees in its hospitals, physician group and health plan.

The 413-bed Carle Foundation Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and offers Level III perinatal services. Carle is ranked in 2017 as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report and has achieved Magnet® designation, the nation's highest honor for nursing care. Health Alliance is a leading provider-driven health plan serving Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. In 2017, Health Alliance was awarded by J.D. Power for highest member satisfaction among commercial health plans in the Illinois and Indiana Region.

The Enterprise Digital Consumer Engagement Platforms and Clinical and Business Intelligence teams are multidisciplinary professionals focused on the delivery of exceptional consumer facing products for the enterprise. We use digital innovation, constant feedback, and continual improvement to make healthcare accessible, simple, and safe for our consumers. We operate at the horizon of technology and health care transformation, bringing to bear contemporary technical solutions.


Cat Digital is the digital and technology arm of Caterpillar Inc. responsible for bringing digital capabilities to our world-famous yellow iron. With almost one million connected assets worldwide, we're focused on using data, technology, advanced analytics, and AI capabilities to help our customers build a better world.


CERSE conducts research to develop technologies for environmental restoration and sustainable energy. We collaborate with both industry and academia to help promote and develop safe and cost-effective solutions for pollution cleanup using a combination of chemical and biological materials. By integrating various kinds of traditional and next generation methods, we strive to promote sustainability through research to improve the approaches to renewable-energy and environmental problems.


Founded in 1984, Common Ground is committed to building new kinds of knowledge communities, innovative in their media and forward-thinking in their messages. We are looking for a Conference Producer to join our team.


EarthSense is revolutionizing agricultural automation through developing robots and machine learning algorithms for crop breeders, plant health products developers, crop scientists, and field agronomists. Our first robot—TerraSentia—improves the quantity, accuracy, cost and speed of in-field plant trait data collection, especially for under-canopy traits that cannot be obtained with other technologies. Our machine vision and machine learning based analytics seamlessly convert field data to specific, actionable information about plant-traits.

While EarthSense is a young company, we have already had two successful years of robots deployed all over the country. We are constantly developing and improving the robots and algorithms throughout the year. This means exciting hands on experience for our employees. Since we deploy new robots each year there is a very short time between development and seeing the game-changing impact of our work on agriculture around the world.


Genective is a 50/50 joint venture established between Limagrain and KWS, two of the world's largest seed companies. With entities and activities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, Genective is currently dedicated to the research, development, and marketing of transgenic traits for corn.


Inprentus manufactures the most precise diffraction gratings in the world. The company, based in Champaign Illinois, manufactures blazed x-ray diffraction gratings used at a growing list of synchrotron and free electron laser facilities around the world. These are large government-operated research facilities where scientists use diffraction gratings in spectrometer and monochromator instrumentation to control and measure light. These facilities utilize infrared, ultra-violet and x-ray radiation to study the properties of novel materials, chemical compounds, and pharmaceuticals, with applications in environmental science, physics and the life sciences.  Inprentus also utilizes it unique manufacturing technology to produce better diffraction gratings for commercial and industrial applications.


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 microorganisms, we leverage our fully-automated robotic platform and proprietary machine-learning algorithms to explore the vast number of genomic configurations. LifeFoundry is currently working with biochemical companies to expedite R&D and optimize existing bioproduction processes. At LifeFoundry, we build robots and develop algorithms to transform lives, we have young and talented engineers who are fun to work with, and offer positions in automation, software, hardware, mechanical, and biotech.


MyTyde is an event platform for students that help them connect better communities


Pavlov Media offers broadband and television services nationwide.


Phi Optics builds optical microscopes for fast and highly accurate imaging of live cells and tissues. Our instruments enable scientists to push the boundaries of life sciences and discover new treatments and cures for crippling diseases. The software platform that powers our instruments employs accurate device synchronization and fast parallelized image processing algorithms.

We have an immediate opening for a software engineer who will be responsible for implementing a production-quality system (development, testing, maintenance) for the software platform.


PSYONIC makes advanced bionic limbs that are accessible to all people with amputations. Think SpaceXfor bionics. Our first product is an advanced bionic hand. It is the fastest on the market, easy to control, provides touch feedback, and is robust to impacts. It will be covered by insurance companies in the US, with no out-of-pocket costs to users.


Riverbed is a global digital platform provider enabling digital transformation for the largest companies in the world.


Tekmill is a high technology contract engineering and manufacturing firm located in UIRP and EnterpriseWorks. We work on new and novel projects for our that require a higher level of technical expertise. The industries we serve include Medical Device, Life Science, Industrial and Laboratory Automation, and Automotive. In addition to our contract services, our Industrial Fabrication Center provides a place for  larger Corporations in UIRP to prototype their hardware innovations with modern CNC equipment. There are always new challenges and opportunities at Tekmill.

LiveBx develops technologies for label free imaging of living systems.


Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram 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.

Do you want to be part of what's next? At Wolfram we've been changing the world with our ideas and products for nearly three decades. We're looking for exceptional individuals who are clear-thinking, pragmatic and energetic about getting things done well- and we're less interested in what you've already done than in what you will do with Wolfram. Join us in our long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools of the future. Visit to learn more! Wolfram is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at its company. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.