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Starting Up in Champaign-Urbana; IntelliWheels’ Co-Founder Marissa Siebel Shares Insights


I can  remember my first bicycle quite vividly.  It was a hand-me-down, cherry red and clunky (a bike is only as good as it’s rider).  Because it was a single-speed, any route that involved hills, specifically the kind that slope upward, translated loosely to terror.  Needless to say, my Super Nintendo often took priority over going for… Read more »

Dioxide Materials Aims to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint


What do you do after teaching in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for 32 years, publishing numerous articles, papers and books, and receiving 18 patents – with multiple patents pending?  Oh, and you already founded 2 successful companies? You start another company, of course. Rich Masel, CEO and… Read more »

Gift Caddie Aims To Make Online Wish Lists Easier


What is the Internet?  Ask a nerd, and you’ll likely get some elaborate answer about networks, protocols, and Al Gore.  I believe the explanation can be boiled down to one word: information.  The Internet is information.  It’s everything you ever needed to know about anything, plus cat videos. So why then are we still taking… Read more »

Reduce Food Waste at Restaurants with Zero Percent

Zero Percent

Urbana, IL’s Zero Percent is tackling a problem that’s already been accepted as the norm: food waste. “As standard business practice, U.S. restaurants waste over $10 billion a year —Literally. When faced with the chore of trying to find use of excess fresh-food inventory, the easiest thing for a restaurant manager to do is just… Read more »

Scientists Develop Cyborgian Tattoos

Electronic Skin Graft

For many people, getting a tattoo is a way of expressing culture, membership or rebellion. In the near future, tattoos may be used to communicate, entertain and help us heal. Scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, along with colleagues at other institutions in the U.S., Singapore and China, have developed technology that integrates the… Read more »

Startup Illinois and the Illinois Innovation Network Launch to Accelerate Growth and Entrepreneurship In Illinois


Just a few hours ago in Chicago, over 100 of Illinois’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs gathered for the unveiling of the new Illinois Innovation Network. Among the announcements were the creation of Startup Illinois and the formation of the Illinois Innovation Network, both efforts to support and accelerate growth of Illinois’ high-growth entrepreneurs. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn… Read more »

Cazoodle’s Shopping Search Makes Electronics Shopping Easy

Cazoodle logo

Whether you hate electronics shopping (guilty!) or are just super-crunched for time, Cazoodle’s recently launched local Shopping Search service can help you quickly find exactly what you are searching for at stores near you.  And you’ll be able to find the best price from more than 2,000 merchants. Cazoodle provides real-time inventory information (somewhat reminiscent of Goodzer),… Read more »