Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event

The Catalyze Event will take place on TUESDAY, MAY 22, FROM 5:30-7PM in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.

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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.  This is NOT a career fair, but an opportunity 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 in partnership with You're Welcome CU


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


Companies that attended the Spring 2017 event:


Agrible, Inc. is more than the leading independent voice of scientifically-driven recommendations in agriculture. We are a place where you can explore the boundaries of technology, your own potential, and the edges of what can be. We reward innovation, achievement, and conviviality in an environment surrounded by an exceptional team. Increasing food production 60% by 2050 is a difficult challenge, and we need your help getting there. Put your skills to great use as we deliver science and insights that help feed the world, reaching millions and impacting billions. Agrible is a growing business on the forward edge of agriculture, we move fast, act swiftly, and look to hire those ready for a dynamic, energized, and innovative culture.


John Deere

At John Deere’s Innovation Center we are proactively using technology to continue the digital farming revolution. We are looking for individuals who enjoy tackling tough problems in a creative way. If you’re passionate about making our farmers more productive through mobile technologies, we’d like to talk with you!!



Our lab motto is “Accelerating Technology to Feed the World”. To do this, we must look at the complete experience of the tools that we create. If we put barriers in front of the user and don’t make our tools easily adoptable, they’ll eventually get dropped. We design for the best user experience and figure out the code second.



GSI, a global brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), is the clear global leader delivering proven solutions for grain and protein agribusinesses. GSI is an industry leader and manufacturer of steel farm bins, commercial storage grain bins and grain silos. In addition, GSI offers the most technologically advanced grain dryers in the industry and a full-line of swine and poultry equipment and controls. GSI is a global, forward-thinking company that is constantly evolving to bring new technologies and synergies into the Agriculture industry. Stop by our table, we would love to meet you and see what potential synergies we could create together!


Capital One 

Capital One is growing in Research Park! We are looking for technology professionals with a variety of backgrounds including full stack development, devops, cloud technologies, big data engineering and machine learning. 


CEB (Now Gartner)

CEB, now part of Gartner, helps customers grow by harnessing their untapped potential and channeling it toward high-impact, proven results. We do this by offering advisory services and technology solutions that equip leaders to: Turn the right insights into actions that deliver the right outcomes; Upgrade processes and adapt culture to succeed in the new work environment; and Apply precision to talent decisions for competitive advantage.



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.



Turn delivers real-time insights that transform the way leading advertising agencies and enterprises make decisions. Turn peeks at over 4.3M bid requests per second with a response time of <10ms per request. Turn processes 100B data events daily with over 20 Trillion attributes stored and available for query. We process 6 Petabytes of data daily. Our total big data storage is over 50 Petabytes. Turn has learning algorithms for bid prediction, forecasting, budgeting, targeting, recommendations and more. Turn's platform allows for PMML-base customization of our workflows by clients. We deliver a broad spectrum of ad formats (including video) across almost any type of digital device around the world. Turn's data challenges cover nearly the entire domain of Big Data concerns.


Riverbed Technology
A storied company with a long legacy of market leadership, Riverbed pioneered WAN optimization. Since then we’ve expanded our solutions for the software-defined era. We’re at the center of hybrid networking, the cloud, SD-WAN, SaaS, mobile, big data, and infrastructure visibility. In short, we’re building a software-defined architecture for digital business.


Starfire Industries
Starfire is a growing, young company composed of energetic people from a variety of backgrounds in nuclear engineering, plasma systems, vacuum science, materials science, semiconductor fabrication, computer modeling, mechanical engineering or component fabrication. We exist to deliver industry-changing plasma source and particle accelerator solutions worldwide through innovation in components, systems and service. As such, Starfire provides the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment on a selection of projects in different stages of development.


LifeFoundry, Inc.
LifeFoundry is the youngest startup in Urbana-Champaign co-founded by UIUC engineering PhD candidates. It uses synthetic biology, robotics, and machine learning to perform research and development for biotech companies at unprecedented efficiency and much lower cost. The company specializes in using tools in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering to transform traditional biotech R&D processes.


Iria Pharma
Iria Pharma, LLC is a startup based in EnterpriseWorks of UIUC. Iria is dedicated to the translation and commercial development of next generation cancer therapeutics. Our leading technology, Active Tissue Targeting via Anchored ClicK Chemistry (ATTACK) is a small molecule based cancer labeling and drug delivery technology developed at UIUC. We are actively looking for talents and commercial partners for the translational of our leading technology.


Network Perception 

Network Perception helps cyber security professionals conducting network audits on security and compliance issues. Backed by UIUC research, the company has a technology for converting firewall and router configuration files into easier-to-analyze visual displays, allowing users to save time strengthening critical infrastructure around misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and policy breaches. The company is currently supporting critical networks in the electrical industry and the team at Network Perception is actively recruiting to grow its software engineering workforce.



Inprentus is a scientific equipment start-up which recently graduated form Enterpriseworks. We're scaling up throughout '17 and interested in talking to any professionals with working world experience who would like to join a motivated team of engineers and scientists growing a company & making high precision X-ray diffraction gratings for Synchrotrons and Free-Electron Laser applications.


SURFACE 51 brings together decades of combined expertise in brand development, web/digital design and development, print, video and motion graphics, environmental design...anything it takes to market our clients. Since our start, SURFACE 51 has partnered with corporate, commercial, educational, and public sector organizations. We have a wide-ranging understanding of our state and city’s economic development climate. Our clients tend to hire us and stick with us because of our awesome attitude and approach to how we work with them. We stand out by really listening to our clients, developing relationships of trust and delivering work that’s smart and on target. Oh, and it has to look great, too. As a marketing and branding firm, we believe functionality and form—in tandem with a consistent brand—must work in harmony.



Pixo is the powerhouse you need to accelerate your work. From custom business systems and cutting-edge software integration to mobile applications and enterprise websites, we share your vision, and we’ll ensure you achieve it.


II-VI EpiWorks

EpiWorks II-VI 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.



Amdocs is a leading software & services provider to the world’s most successful communications and media companies. As our customers reinvent themselves, we enable their digital and network transformation through innovative solutions, delivery expertise and intelligent operations. Amdocs and its 25,000 employees serve customers in over 85 countries. Listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Amdocs had revenue of $3.7 billion in fiscal 2016.


Watchfire Signs

We currently have job openings and we are always looking for partners with our software and hardware product development.



The use of video communications is growing dramatically. People are engaging each other in greater numbers via live streaming, video messaging, and video calling. The next major advance is Teleportation: an immersive, augmented video experience that lets you interact realistically with anyone, anywhere, on any content. And Personify is the pioneer. Come check out what we are building w.r.t. the future of interpersonal communication in the world of Mixed Reality!



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.



Petronics is building the future of personal robotics and AI that interacts with real intelligence. Our first product, Mousr, is designed to play automated games of hide and seek with house cats.