Made In Champaign County


RINGR allows users to record a conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world, on any device, and have it sound like the two parties are in the same room at the same time. To date, interviews have been recorded by thousands of users in 29 countries and six continents around the world and have been heard by millions of people on networks such as ESPN and NPR.

Fun Facts

CEO Tim Sinclair is the public address voice of the Fighting Illini and Chicago Fire.

In 2015, RINGR spent six months as part of the OCEAN accelerator in Cincinnati, OH.

RINGR is currently part of Enterprise Works in the Research Park at the University of Illinois.

Quicket Solutions

Quicket Solutions, founded by Christiaan Burner, a 2015 UIUC business school graduate, is one of the first to bring the tremendous benefits and cost savings of cloud computing technology to law enforcement. Quicket’s revolutionary electronic citation, electronic incident and crash reporting, and digital evidence management is a turnkey solution that enables digitization of information at the source of incident, real-time data sharing, fast and easy report generation, and intelligent data analytics. Quicket does away with the traditional high upfront capital expenditures associated with other legacy systems and charges a simple, straightforward monthly, pay-as-you-go subscription fee.

Fun Facts

Quicket was named the winner in Amazon’s 2015 “City on a Cloud” Innovation challenge at the New York City Technology Symposium, which featured decision makers from some of the largest cities in the United States. They were recognized as the most innovative public sector technology solution. Quicket received $25,000 as part of this award.

Christiaan launched Quicket out of his father’s basement after his sophomore year and worked there for an entire summer. For two years after, Christiaan, Akshay Singh, CTO, and the team worked from an apartment in Champaign.

Quicket’s entire original team of business and engineering students, including their CTO, Akshay, attended UIUC.


Inprentus was founded in June 2012 by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign physics professor Peter Abbamonte to commercialize an innovative, dual-atomic microscope scribing technology, which is a technique for carrying out nano-scale lithography via mechanical deformation of metallic surfaces. This technology is a general purpose approach to high-precision patterning of surfaces, and is particularly suited to x-ray and EUV diffractive optics in which features must be shaped with 0.1 degree angular precision and positioned with nanometer precision over distances of tens of centimeters. X-ray diffraction gratings are used by many academic institutions, government laboratories, and Fortune 500 companies at synchrotron radiation facilities for a variety of scientific and commercial applications.

Fun Facts

The name Inprentus originates in Dutch, just like its current CEO.

They do manufacturing, not software.

Original technology dates back to Pres. Benjamin Harrison (1890) – completely redone using state of the art nano technology today by Inprentus.

Applications of their technology are used by many Fortune 500 companies.


BioAnalytics is a biotechnology company developing the next generation of tools for protein analysis. Using a unique chemical synthesis technique, BioAnalytics modifies existing antibodies to amplify their binding strength by over 100 fold. This process results in drastic improvements in sensitivity and specificity, two of the most important factors in biological test fidelity. BioAnalytics uses this technique along with a proprietary method for simplified protein detection to develop tests with faster turnaround times, decreased variability, improved specificity, higher sensitivity, and increased capacity for multiplexing. BioAnalytics is currently focused on commercializing tests for use in academic research and pharmaceutical development, but ultimately plans on applying their technology to point-of-care medical diagnostics.

Fun Facts

Co-founders Lucas and Michael were randomly selected roommates at Bromley Hall during their freshman year at the University of Illinois.

2016 Innovation Celebration award recipient for the Student Startup Award.


PSYONIC’s mission is to deliver advanced, neurally-controlled prosthetic hands with more functionality and lower cost than state-of-the-art prostheses. By employing machine learning algorithms, their prostheses are able to recognize different patterns of muscle activity from the user’s residual limb. PSYONIC will also have the first commercially available prosthesis capable of sensory feedback. Through these innovations, PSYONIC will disrupt the status quo of the prosthetics industry and decrease prosthesis rejection and abandonment.


Prosthetic hands

Fun Facts

Co-founders Aadeel Akhtar and Patrick Slade both love to play guitar.

PSYONIC was a 2016 Innovation Celebration finalist for the Social Venture Award.

With PSYONIC’s technology they are able to give both touch and joint location sensing back to the user. In providing touch feedback, they place pressure sensors in the hand that are relayed to the user through electrical stimulation of the skin. By doing this, the user feels vibration, tingling, or pressure when he touches an object.

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