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Fitsby: Go to the Gym, and Compete with Your Friends

By | Nov 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

One week after overindulging at Thanksgiving dinner – and then again on the leftovers – the gym has been calling us, but how many of us are answering? If you’re finding it particularly hard to get to the gym this holiday season, Fitsby may…

Startups & Apps

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

By | May 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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…


Dioxide Materials Aims to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

By | May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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…


Gift Caddie Aims To Make Online Wish Lists Easier

By | Apr 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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…


5 Early Stage Startup Founders Share Valuable Advice on Starting Up

By | Apr 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

At Tuesday night’s Tech Cocktail Champaign Mixer event, we had the unique opportunity to showcase 5 startups that are so early stage they are still in either conceptual or research mode.  Thanks to the University of Illinois’s focus on engineering and science at their…


Is the Government Voting on Bills that Hurt Your Startup? Find out on TrakBill

By | Apr 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

“We’ll figure it out later.” That’s how some startups, who might be breaking laws or regulations, decide to deal with it. We’re so tiny that no one will care, right? If you want to err on the side of caution, take a few minutes…

Social Good

Reduce Food Waste at Restaurants with Zero Percent

By | Apr 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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,…


Meet 10 Early Stage Startups At Tonight’s Tech Cocktail Champaign Mixer

By | Apr 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

We are excited to be back in Champaign, IL for our 2nd Tech Cocktail Champaign Mixer event.  While all of our events are unique thanks to any one city’s unique community mix of academia, established startups, investors, and mentors, Champaign’s startup scene sets itself…

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists Develop Cyborgian Tattoos

By | Aug 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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…

Startups & Apps

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

By | May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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…

Location Based Services

Cazoodle’s Shopping Search Makes Electronics Shopping Easy

By | Apr 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

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…

Startups & Apps

Poll: What’s The Hottest Chicago Early-Stage Startup?

By | Apr 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

Coming off of one of our biggest Tech Cocktail mixer events in Chicago this past week, which showcased 14 early-stage start-ups, we thought it would be fun to do a quick poll. While Chicago has birthed a number of start-ups over the years from…

Social Media Reflects Your Social Connections and Interests

By | Apr 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Everyday, people are posting social media messages, photos and videos, loading the Internet with their own personal “social breadcrumbs”. With all this data out there floating around, there’s a lot of interest in how it can be utilized. Products like PeopleBrowsr, Rapleaf and qwerly…