Aviatrix, a fast-growing, global cloud network platform company, has opened a hub at the University of Illinois Research Park.
The unicorn startup, which originated in California, opened in Champaign largely to build up its team of full-time software engineers. It has also established an internship program to tap into young talent from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
“As we continue growing, we are expanding our teams of the best and brightest software engineers and solutions architects to help build what today’s enterprises need to stay competitive and innovative in the cloud era,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the new office.
The 4,000 square foot office is dedicated entirely to Aviatrix software engineering initiatives. It employs nearly a dozen software engineers. With space for up to 30 employees, the company is actively recruiting new team members at this location.
“Aviatrix and the University of Illinois Research Park are a great match as they both value innovation, creativity and collaboration. We are excited to have this thriving company build a hub here and look forward to working together in mutually beneficial ways,” said Dr. Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The Champaign office is the company’s third in the United States. The growing pre-IPO startup launched in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Earlier this year, it announced it would be opening an international headquarters in Dallas.
“Champaign-Urbana is a great community to live and innovate. The University attracts people from all over the world who push the state of the art in many ways—from developing the transistor and the first web browser to whipped cream in a can. With the constant influx of innovative people, you may meet a world class opera singer or a world expert in bioengineering while chatting with a parent at your kid’s soccer game. I have had the privilege to work with many great groups in Champaign-Urbana over the years. The cloud is changing all the ground rules we have assumed for the past couple of decades. With Aviatrix, we are creating technology that takes advantage of the new ground rules and setting the stage for the future,” said Susan Hinrichs, Chief Scientist.
The company has operations in Europe and Canada, and expects to open additional sites in the future.