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amber agriculture CES Startup winner

Amber Agriculture, a University of Illinois student startup with ties to EnterpriseWorks, has been named the top startup of the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).

Amber Agriculture's agtech product helps farmers manage their stored product, and is part of the connected farm movement. 

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ChicagoInno put together a list of the Top 17 Chicago Startups to watch in 2017 based on the companies' growth in 2016 and potential for 2017. Ocient, an EnterpriseWorks affiliate member, was featured as number 3 on the list. Ocient develops supercomputer scale data platforms for high velocity analytics and machine learning on the world’s largest data sets.


ChicagoInno listed the Top 10 Illinois Student Startups to Make Moves in 2017, including four iVenture Accelerator student startups:

Tweetsense, founded by UIUC sophomores William Widjaja and Cody Pawlowski, mines social media and other internet comments to understand public opinion.


ChicagoInno mentioned the top Illinois researchers from this past year that revolutionize the way that we view and interact with the world, including two researchers from the University of Illinois who have ties to EnterpriseWorks.

Ruby Mendenhall is a sociology professor at the University of Illinois that has used topic modeling and data visualization to start to identify clues that could indicate the contributions of black women previously not recorded in history. Mendenhall was a participant this fall in the NSF I-Corps program, hosted here at EnterpriseWorks. 


CHAMPAIGN -- Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced that they have acquired PlantLink, a former student startup and EnterpriseWorks graduate.


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette interviewed Paul Braun for the Wired In column this week. Paul Braun is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, and part of a team working at Dow AgroSciences. Dow AgroSciences is electrochemically etching silicon micro-structures, a technology that has possibilities in everything from communications to cancer research.


Registration has now closed. Walk-ins are welcome to attend the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m.

The 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) will be Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. For more information, visit


Therapalz, an iVenture Accelerator student startup that make smart therapeutic companion animals to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's and dem


CHAMPAIGN— The News-Gazette's Paul Wood interviewed Quesnell Hartmann for his Wired In column this week. Quesnell Hartmann is the co-founder of EpiWorks, a major manufacturer of compound semiconductor wafer. Epiworks has just broken ground on a new production facility and is quadrupling in size.


CHAMPAIGN-- SnackPass is a new app that lets customers grab five snacks from local restaurants per month for only a ten-dollar subscription fee. It is designed to make money as it pursues it social mission of reducing food waste. EnterpriseWorks Graduate and Co-Founder of Zero Percent, Raj Karmani says, "Zero Percent, a for-profit company that collects excess meals from restaurants and delivers them for free to nonprofits, will use the fees to cover food transportation costs." Since 2012, they have donated 334,000 meals to the hungry.