Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event

The next Catalyze Event will take place on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, FROM 5:30-7PM in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.

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.


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May 2018 companies:


GSI (Grain Systems Inc.), a core brand of AGCO, is a global leader and manufacturer of agriculture equipment and technology. Thousands of businesses around the world, rely on GSI to produce steel grain bins, swine feeders, livestock monitoring systems, seed processing equipment and so much more. As an agricultural manufacturer, GSI's products and people are key contributors to helping independent farmers and large ag corporations to produce today's food, fiber and fuel. GSI's Research Park operations is focused on accelerating new-to-market solutions for grain, livestock and seed processing operations worldwide. We are creating new technologies that pair with our equipment to provide ag producers with data collection, analytical insights and more control over their operations, so they can continue building smarter and stronger farms.


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 $3.9 billion in fiscal 2017.


Amobee Innovation Center is a technology company that transforms the way brands and agencies make marketing decisions. The Amobee Marketing Platform enables marketers to plan based on brand and audience insights and activate cross channel, programmatic and direct media campaigns using real-time data, proprietary audience data, and more than 150 integrated partners, including Google, 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.

Capital One

Capital One is transitioning from a bank to a technology company offering financial services. This is an exciting time for our company as we move all of our software to Amazon's cloud environment, implementing the most modern programming frameworks and technologies including the latest Open Source Software, Big Data, Cloud, DevOps, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and more. Come and be a part of our dynamic team!


Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 7 million Internet properties. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests for more than 2.8 billion people globally.

CME Group

CME Group is the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, handling 3 billion contracts worth approximately $1 quadrillion annually (on average). The company provides a marketplace for buyers and sellers, bringing together individuals, companies and institutions that need to manage risk or that want to profit by accepting risk.

We're currently growing our Data Science and Machine Learning strengths at CME Group and the Innovation Center.  Most specifically we are currently recruiting for a Manager of Data Science.  This role will help transform CME Group's approach and sophistication in Data Science, Data Governance and other opportunities.  This is also a rare opportunity to be able to gain insights into some of the worlds most privileged data.


Services firm specializing in software and mobile development consulting.


Gartner is the world’s leading research and advisory company. 


Granular is an agriculture software and analytics company dedicated to helping industry leaders build stronger and smarter farms. With cloud, mobile and advanced data science technology, the Granular platform makes it easier to manage a large farm and use data for critical business decisions. Granular's rapidly growing network of farms in the U.S. and Canada is finding new ways to profit from aggregated data, expertise and market power. Granular is headquartered in San Francisco.


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.

II-VI EpiWorks

II-VI EpiWorks, which makes epitaxial semiconductor wafers that are used in everything from cellphones to data centers, doubled in size this year, growing from about 50 employees at the beginning of the year to about 100. The growth comes as EpiWorks nears completion on an expansion to its headquarters in northwest Champaign that will quadruple its size and give it room to grow for the next several years. The things that we are doing here in the middle of the Midwest is making an impact all around the world. Our plan is to continue growing, and we have a lot of exciting opportunities ahead of us.


Inprentus, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells ultra-high precision diffraction gratings manufactured using an innovative, dual-atomic microscope scribing technology. Products from Inprentus are used at national synchrotron radiation facilities around the world in a variety of spectrometer and monochromator applications. Broader applications include free electron lasers, optical data communication switching components, laser equipment used in manufacturing, and secure ID optical patterning as well as semiconductor manufacturing processes.


LifeFoundry, Inc. uses synthetic biology, robotics, and machine learning to perform research and development for biotech companies. Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering and across the fields of chemistry and biology. We strive to transform traditional biotech R&D by creating a human-robot collaborative environment to achieve unprecedented accuracy and flexibility.


MeShare is proud to be a world-class high tech company rooted in Champaign Urbana, and boy we're hiring! We keep pushing innovation forward with rapid development and strong cooperation. Our goal is to create an IoT ecosystem with advanced AI features, big data analytics, and a strong network of devices, users, service providers, and more. Currently, meShare has connected over 4 million smart devices, 1.5 million active users, and 100 thousand cloud recording subscribers.


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.

Runtime Verification

Runtime Verification, Inc. (RV) is a technology startup that enables developers to write safe and reliable software. We provide formal methods tools and services for mission critical embedded systems and the blockchain. In the blockchain space we work with ambitious ventures who are building next generation products for financial services, healthcare systems, and access & identity management services. We are located in Urbana, IL, only a stone's throw away from the main campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the home of the internet browser (Mosaic), the transistor, the LED, and the LLVM, among others. UIUC is ranked among the top-three schools in the world in formal methods, and RV is founded and led by UIUC formal methods academics. We are actively looking for C/C++ developers and formal verification engineers.


The Syngenta Digital Innovation Lab is responsible for driving a digital revolution within one of the world's largest Agroscience organizations. Our lab motto is "Skip The Boring". Within this motto falls many desires. Accelerating our understanding and use of A.I. to help Farmers and Researchers alike, but also in automating redundant tasks to provide more free time for creativity. Join us if you're interested in changing the world.

The Product Manufactory

TPM is a team of bright and thoughtful hardware hackers and fabricators. We focus on electronic product development and R&D support. Our skills include mechanical and electrical engineering, embedded software, PCB layout and design, industrial design, machining, welding, model making, and more.


We are a video game development studio that's been around for over twenty years and worked on franchises such as Saints Row, Red Faction, Freespace and Descent. Contrary to popular belief video game development isn't all programmers. The industry has a wide variety of career paths such as art, audio, design, marketing, quality assurance and project management. Even within each discipline there's a wide variety of sub-disciplines. No matter what your background or your skills are, there's probably something that could be useful to helping make a video game.

Wolfram Research

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.