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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…

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