Illinois Startups

SUBMIT A STARTUP SUBMIT A CORRECTION

This crowdsourced list includes companies that were founded by people who were, or are, part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether faculty, staff, students, or alumni. Founders are categorized according to their affiliation at the time the company was founded.

 

Open AMD
AMD

AMD

Year Founded
1969

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jerry Sanders III

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Year Founded
1929

Headquarters
Atlanta, GA, USA

Founder/s

C.E. Woolman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences - Agriculture

Acquired

Open GoFundMe
GoFundMe

GoFundMe

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Redwood City, CA, USA

Founder/s

Andrew Ballester

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Grainger, Inc.
Grainger, Inc.

Grainger, Inc.

Year Founded
1927

Headquarters
Lake Forest, IL, USA

Founder/s

William Wallace Grainger

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Founder/s

Marcin Kleczynski

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Mozilla Corp.
Mozilla Corp.

Mozilla Corp.

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Brendan Eich

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Netscape
Netscape

Netscape

Year Founded
1994

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Marc Andreessen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by AOL in 1999 for $4.2 billion

Open NFL
NFL

NFL

Year Founded
1922

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

George Halas

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil Engineering

Acquired

Open Oracle
Oracle

Oracle

Year Founded
1977

Headquarters
Redwood Shores, CA, USA

Founder/s

Larry Ellison

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open PayPal
PayPal

PayPal

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Max Levchin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Luke Nosek

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Salesforce Essentials
Salesforce Essentials

Salesforce Essentials

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Adam Evans

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

(Formerly RelateIQ, then SalesforceIQ, now Salesforce Essentials)

Acquired
Acquired by Salesforce in 2014 for $390 million

Open Siebel Systems
Siebel Systems

Siebel Systems

Year Founded
1993

Headquarters
Redwood Shores, CA, USA

Founder/s

Thomas Siebel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2006 for $5.85 billion

Open Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Martin Eberhard

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Weather Channel
Weather Channel

Weather Channel

Year Founded
1982

Headquarters
Atlanta, GA, USA

Founder/s

John S. Coleman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Journalism

Acquired

Open Yelp
Yelp

Yelp

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Russel Simmons

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Jeremy Stoppelman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open YouTube
YouTube

YouTube

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
San Bruno, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jawed Karim

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Steve Chen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Affirm
Affirm

Affirm

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Max Levchin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Andreessen Horowitz
Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Founder/s

Marc Andreessen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Founder/s

Jerry Colangelo

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Applied Health Sciences - Physical Education

Acquired

Open Auto-Tune (by Antares Audio Technologies)
Auto-Tune (by Antares Audio Technologies)

Auto-Tune (by Antares Audio Technologies)

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Founder/s

Harold (Andy) Hildebrand

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Avant
Avant

Avant

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Al Goldstein

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

John Sun

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Paul Zhang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Acquired

Open Baskin-Robbins
Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins

Year Founded
1953

Headquarters
Canton, MA, USA

Founder/s

Burt Baskin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business -
    Business Administration & Industrial Administration

Acquired

Open BET
BET

BET

Year Founded
1979

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Robert L. Johnson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Social Work- Social Work

Sheila Johnson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts- Music Education
 

Acquired

Open Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

K.R. Sridhar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open C3.ai
C3.ai

C3.ai

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Redwood City, CA, USA

Founder/s

Thomas Siebel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Chia Pet
Chia Pet

Chia Pet

Year Founded
1966

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Joe Pedott

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Journalism

Acquired

Open Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears

Year Founded
1919

Headquarters
Lake Forest, IL, USA

Founder/s

George Halas

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil Engineering

Acquired

Open Cleverbridge
Cleverbridge

Cleverbridge

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Craig Vodnik

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering

Acquired

Open Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher

Year Founded
1984

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Eileen Fisher

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Fetch Robotics
Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Melonee Wise

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Generac Power Systems
Generac Power Systems

Generac Power Systems

Year Founded
1959

Headquarters
Waukesha, WI

Founder/s

Robert D. Kern

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Gigster
Gigster

Gigster

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Roger Dickey

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Glow
Glow

Glow

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Max Levchin

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Gradient Ventures (at Google)
Gradient Ventures (at Google)

Gradient Ventures (at Google)

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Anna Patterson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Groove Networks
Groove Networks

Groove Networks

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ray Ozzie

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Microsoft in 2005 for $120 million

Open Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

Year Founded
1927

Headquarters
Peachtree Corners, GA, USA

Founder/s

Abe Saperstein

  • Alumni (at time of founding)

Acquired

Open Horizon Hobby
Horizon Hobby

Horizon Hobby

Year Founded
1985

Headquarters

Founder/s

Rick Stephens

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Kiwi Co
Kiwi Co

Kiwi Co

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Yu Pan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Lightform
Lightform

Lightform

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Brett Jones

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Kevin Karsch

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Rajinder Sodhi

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Match.com
Match.com

Match.com

Year Founded
1993

Headquarters
Dallas, TX, USA

Founder/s

Peng Ong

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open MessageMe
MessageMe

MessageMe

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Vivek Tatineni

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Yahoo in 2014 for $30 million, & Yahoo was acquired by Verizon in 2017

Open Military.com
Military.com

Military.com

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters

Founder/s

Chris Michel

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Political Science

Acquired

Open Misfit
Misfit

Misfit

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Sonny Vu (LAS/Mathematics)

Sridhar Iyengar (Eng/ECE)

(Acquired by Fossil in 2015)

  • Alumni
  • LAS & Engineering

Acquired

Open Mosaic
Mosaic

Mosaic

Year Founded
1993

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

Marc Andreessen

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • Also working at NCSA at time of founding

Eric Bina

  • Staff - NCSA (at time of founding)
  • Also Alumni: Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
     

(Marc Andreessen later left NCSA and founded Netscape)

 

Acquired

Open National Black Theater
National Black Theater

National Black Theater

Year Founded
1968

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Barbara Teer

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Kinesiology & Community Health

Acquired

Open NetSpeed Systems
NetSpeed Systems

NetSpeed Systems

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Sundari Mitra

(Acquired by Intel in 2018)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Ocient
Ocient

Ocient

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Joseph Jablonski

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

George Kondiles

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Offerman Woodshop
Offerman Woodshop

Offerman Woodshop

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
East Los Angeles, CA, USA

Founder/s

Nick Offerman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Theater

Acquired

Open Optimizely
Optimizely

Optimizely

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Pete Koomen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Pampered Chef
Pampered Chef

Pampered Chef

Year Founded
1980

Headquarters
Addison, IL, USA

Founder/s

Doris Kelley Christopher

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Acquired
Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2002.

Open Papa Del's Pizza
Papa Del's Pizza

Papa Del's Pizza

Year Founded
1970

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Robert L. Monti

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences

Acquired

Open Personify
Personify

Personify

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Sanjay Patel

Minh Do

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical and Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open RainbowPush Coalition
RainbowPush Coalition

RainbowPush Coalition

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jesse Jackson

  • Alumni

Acquired

Open Reconstruct Inc.
Reconstruct Inc.

Reconstruct Inc.

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mani Golparvar-Fard (CEE)

Derek Hoiem (CS)

Tim Bretl (AERO)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open Recurly
Recurly

Recurly

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Isaac Hall

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Rocky Rococo
Rocky Rococo

Rocky Rococo

Year Founded
1974

Headquarters

Founder/s

Roger Brown

Wayne Mosley

  • Alumni
  • Law

Acquired

Open RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Roger Ebert

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Journalism

Acquired

Open ShareThis
ShareThis

ShareThis

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

David E. Goldberg

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open ShipBob
ShipBob

ShipBob

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Divey Gulati

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering
  • Gies College of Business - MBA

Acquired

Open Slide, Inc.
Slide, Inc.

Slide, Inc.

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Max Levchin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Google in 2010 for $182 million

Open SoundJam MP
SoundJam MP

SoundJam MP

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
Cupertino, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jeff Robbin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

(Early version of iTunes)

Acquired

Open SpotHero, Inc.
SpotHero, Inc.

SpotHero, Inc.

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jeremy A. Smith

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Acquired

Open Studio Gang
Studio Gang

Studio Gang

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jeanne Gang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture

Acquired

Open Suze Orman Financial Group
Suze Orman Financial Group

Suze Orman Financial Group

Year Founded
1987

Headquarters
Emeryville, CA, USA

Founder/s

Suze Orman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Social Work

Acquired

Open THX
THX

THX

Year Founded
1983

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Tomlinson Holman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Radio & Television

Acquired

Open Tiesta Tea
Tiesta Tea

Tiesta Tea

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dan Klein

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business
     

Patrick Tannous

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Redwood City, CA, USA

Founder/s

Kelly Berger

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Shutterfly, Inc. in 2011 for $333 million

Open Tovala
Tovala

Tovala

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bryan Wilcox

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Acquired

Open Wolfram
Wolfram

Wolfram

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Stephen Wolfram

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open Yammer
Yammer

Yammer

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Redmond, WA, USA

Founder/s

Alan Braverman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012

Open Agrible
Agrible

Agrible

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Chris Harbourt

  • Alumni & Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    and Grainger College of Engineering - Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Paul Miller

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    and Grainger College of Engineering - Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Bill Northcott

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    and Grainger College of Engineering - Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Nutrien in 2018 for $63 million

Open Answers.com
Answers.com

Answers.com

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
St. Louis, MO, USA

Founder/s

Mark Tebbe

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by AFCV Holdings in 2011 for $127 million.

Open Beckman Coulter
Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter

Year Founded
1935

Headquarters
Brea, California, USA

Founder/s

Arnold O. Beckman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired
Acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2011

Open BloomReach
BloomReach

BloomReach

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ashutosh Garg

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Bumper Works
Bumper Works

Bumper Works

Year Founded
1978

Headquarters
Urbana Illinois, USA

Founder/s

Shahid Khan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired
Khan bought Flex-N-Gate in 1980, and folded Bumper Works into the company

Open Bytemobile
Bytemobile

Bytemobile

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters
Fort Lauderdale, FL, US

Founder/s

Constantine Polychronopoulos

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Citrix in 2012

Open CityVille
CityVille

CityVille

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Roger Dickey

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Mafia Wars
Mafia Wars

Mafia Wars

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Roger Dickey

(A game by Zynga)

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open 12 Line Studio
12 Line Studio

12 Line Studio

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Nate Azark

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Acquired

Open 3E Love, LLC
3E Love, LLC

3E Love, LLC

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Batavia, IL, USA

Founder/s

Anne Hopkins

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Community Health

Stephen Hopkins

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Acquired

Open 6C Solutions
6C Solutions

6C Solutions

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Aurora, IL, USA

Founder/s

Keerthan Vantakala

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Acquired

Open 78Madison, Inc.
78Madison, Inc.

78Madison, Inc.

Year Founded
1983

Headquarters
Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

Founder/s

Joseph Bouch

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired

Open Accendo Systems
Accendo Systems

Accendo Systems

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Sung Chul Bae

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Actif
Actif

Actif

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

Anish Bhattacharya

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Edgar Cortez

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Alex Lee

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Naoki Tsuda

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open Action Bits for Kids!
Action Bits for Kids!

Action Bits for Kids!

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Founder/s

Lynne Thieme

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
    & Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Adrenaline Mobility
Adrenaline Mobility

Adrenaline Mobility

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Sam King

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Shuo Tang

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Haohui Mai

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Twitter in 2014

Open Advanced Analytics
Advanced Analytics

Advanced Analytics

Year Founded
1983

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jeff Glickman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Kenneth Taylor

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Advanced Diamond Technologies
Advanced Diamond Technologies

Advanced Diamond Technologies

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Romeoville, IL, USA

Founder/s

Neil Kane

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

John Carlisle

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open Advent Corporation
Advent Corporation

Advent Corporation

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bob Cowie

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Aegis AI
Aegis AI

Aegis AI

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Sonny Tai

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Acquired

Open Aegis Analytical
Aegis Analytical

Aegis Analytical

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters
Lafayette, CO, USA

Founder/s

Justin Neway

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Biochemistry

Acquired
Acquired by Accelrys in 2012 for $30 million, Accelrys acquired by Dassault Systems in 2014

Open Affiliated Marketing Partners
Affiliated Marketing Partners

Affiliated Marketing Partners

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Roselle, IL, USA

Founder/s

Barbara Rendall Hochstadt

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Economics

Acquired

Open Affinity Labs, Inc.
Affinity Labs, Inc.

Affinity Labs, Inc.

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Weston, MA, USA

Founder/s

Christopher Michel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Acquired
Acquired by Monster Worldwide in 2008 for $61 million

Open After School
After School

After School

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Cory Levy

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Michael Callahan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open AgaMatrix
AgaMatrix

AgaMatrix

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
Salem, NH, USA

Founder/s

Sridhar Iyengar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sonny Vu

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open AgLVT LLC
AgLVT LLC

AgLVT LLC

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Robert Hornbaker

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • ACES - Agriculture & Consumer Economics

Acquired

Open Ahoona
Ahoona

Ahoona

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Ali Abbas

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open AirV Labs
AirV Labs

AirV Labs

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kesh Kesavadas

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open Aisle50
Aisle50

Aisle50

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Christopher Steiner

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Groupon in 2015.

Open Akelos
Akelos

Akelos

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Godfrey Angara

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Adam Brakhane

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Keilin Jahnke

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Kelsey Schreiber

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Matthew Tan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open Akkula
Akkula

Akkula

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Michael Dvorkin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Aligni Incorporated
Aligni Incorporated

Aligni Incorporated

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Portland, OR, USA

Founder/s

Jake Janovetz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Amber Agriculture
Amber Agriculture

Amber Agriculture

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Lucas Frye

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - MBA

Joey Varikooty

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering & Bioengineering

"Howie" Wei Yang

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Tang An Yang

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Xiang Wen

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open Ambys Medicines
Ambys Medicines

Ambys Medicines

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Martin D. Burke

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Analytics Fire
Analytics Fire

Analytics Fire

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Founder/s

Dan Oblinger

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open AnalyzeDirect
AnalyzeDirect

AnalyzeDirect

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Overland Park, KS, USA

Founder/s

Stuart Jackson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Technology Management & Entrepreneurship

Acquired

Open ANDalyze
ANDalyze

ANDalyze

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Yi Lu

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Animal Ultrasound Services
Animal Ultrasound Services

Animal Ultrasound Services

Year Founded
1990

Headquarters
Ithaca, NY, USA

Founder/s

James R Stouffer

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - Animal Sciences

Acquired

Open Apertio
Apertio

Apertio

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Bristol, United Kingdom

Founder/s

Paul Magelli, Jr.

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics
    Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Nokia Siemens Network in 2008 for $205 million

Open Apervita
Apervita

Apervita

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Paul Magelli, Jr.

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics
    Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open AppGrow
AppGrow

AppGrow

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Adam Glass

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired

Open Appurify
Appurify

Appurify

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jay Srinivasan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Google in 2014

Open Apriori
Apriori

Apriori

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
Concord, MA, USA

Founder/s

Mike Philpot

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Apropose
Apropose

Apropose

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ranjitha Kumar (Faculty)

Jerry Talton (Alumni)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Aptimmune Biologics
Aptimmune Biologics

Aptimmune Biologics

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
St. Louis, MO, USA

Founder/s

Frederico Zuckermann

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Acquired

Open Aqueous Solutions
Aqueous Solutions

Aqueous Solutions

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Craig Bethke

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Geology

Acquired

Open Armored Computing
Armored Computing

Armored Computing

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Raqvishankar K. Iyer

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Zbigniew Kalbarczyk

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Coordinated Science Laboratory

Acquired

Open AskWhai
AskWhai

AskWhai

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Rajesh Karmani

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Philosophy
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Atlas5D
Atlas5D

Atlas5D

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Cambridge, MA, USA

Founder/s

Zeb Kimmel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Shahid Rashid

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open ATSP Innovations
ATSP Innovations

ATSP Innovations

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

James Economy

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Material Science & Engineering

Andreas Polycarpou

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Autonomic Materials
Autonomic Materials

Autonomic Materials

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Champaign, Illinois, USA

Founder/s

Paul Braun (MatSE)

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Material Science & Engineering

Jeffrey Moore (Chemistry)

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering

Nancy Sottos (MatSE)

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Material Science & Engineering

Scott White (Aero)

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open AutoScout 24
AutoScout 24

AutoScout 24

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Shaunak Ahuja

  • Student
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Avatria
Avatria

Avatria

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Harry Thakkar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Axelson Realty LLC
Axelson Realty LLC

Axelson Realty LLC

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Northbrook, IL, USA

Founder/s

Knute Axelson (Eng/Aero)

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Joy Nevin Axelson (LAS/French)

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College Liberal Arts & Sciences - French

Acquired

Open B2 Enterprises
B2 Enterprises

B2 Enterprises

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Founder/s

Brian Bradtke

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Recreation, Sports & Tourism

Acquired

Open BearPaw Inc.
BearPaw Inc.

BearPaw Inc.

Year Founded
1995

Headquarters
Orland Park, IL, USA

Founder/s

Dick Butkus 

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Kinesiology & Community Health, and Physical Education

Dave Powless

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Marketing & Economics

Acquired
Acquired by Horton Group in 2004.

Open Benford Brown & Associates
Benford Brown & Associates

Benford Brown & Associates

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kimi Brown Ellen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Business & Accountancy

Acquired

Open Betterworks
Betterworks

Betterworks

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Santa Monica, CA, USA

Founder/s

Sizhao Yang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open BioAnalytics
BioAnalytics

BioAnalytics

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Michael Willard

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Lucas Smith

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College Liberal Arts & Sciences - Microbiology

Acquired

Open Black Spectacles
Black Spectacles

Black Spectacles

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Marc Teer

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts- Architecture

Acquired

Open Blekko
Blekko

Blekko

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Redwood City, California, USA

Founder/s

Bryn Dole

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College Liberal Arts &Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Bloc
Bloc

Bloc

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Roshan Choxi

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dave Paola

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Blockspring
Blockspring

Blockspring

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Francisco,CA, USA

Founder/s

Jason Tokoph

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Paul Katsen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Systems Engineering & Design
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Jeremy Smith 

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Acquired

Open BlueCrew
BlueCrew

BlueCrew

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Gino Rooney

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Bluestem Financial Advisors
Bluestem Financial Advisors

Bluestem Financial Advisors

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Karen Folk

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences - Agriculture & Consumer Economics

Jacob Kuebler

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences - Agriculture & Consumer Economics

Acquired

Open BODO
BODO

BODO

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ehsan Totoni

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Boka Restaurant Group
Boka Restaurant Group

Boka Restaurant Group

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kevin M. Boehm

  • Alumni
  • Applied Health Sciences

Acquired

Open Boom Financial, Inc.
Boom Financial, Inc.

Boom Financial, Inc.

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ken Kruszka

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open BorderX Lab
BorderX Lab

BorderX Lab

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Founder/s

Xuehua (Albert) Shen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Chengdu Huang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Bragg & Associates Inc.
Bragg & Associates Inc.

Bragg & Associates Inc.

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Michael Bragg

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Debra Bragg

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Education - Education

Acquired

Open Brius
Brius

Brius

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Addison, TX, USA

Founder/s

James Wratten

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

(Previously called Mechanodontics)

Acquired

Open Business Logic Corporation
Business Logic Corporation

Business Logic Corporation

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

John Patterson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open BUYin
BUYin

BUYin

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
North Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

Founder/s

Mischelle Frederick

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Economics

Acquired

Open Calimetrix
Calimetrix

Calimetrix

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Madison, WI, USA

Founder/s

Diego Hernando

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Calypto Design Systems
Calypto Design Systems

Calypto Design Systems

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters

Founder/s

Gagan Hasteer (CS)

Venkat Krishnamachary

Anmol Mathur (CS)

Sumit Roy (ECE)

(Acquired by Mentor in 2015)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open CareGiving.com
CareGiving.com

CareGiving.com

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters
Park Ridge, IL, USA

Founder/s

Denise M. Brown

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - English Language and Literature

Acquired

Open CarrotSticks
CarrotSticks

CarrotSticks

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Pete Koomen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open CartoChrome LLC
CartoChrome LLC

CartoChrome LLC

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Stephen Umunna

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) -
    Molecular & Cellular Biology

Acquired

Open Cash WOD LLC
Cash WOD LLC

Cash WOD LLC

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters

Founder/s

Lance Liggett

  • Staff
  • Illinois Fire Service Institute

Acquired

Open CashNetUSA
CashNetUSA

CashNetUSA

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Al Goldstein

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Cast21
Cast21

Cast21

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Ashley Moy

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Jason Troutner

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Justin Brooks (ECE)

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open caterva
caterva

caterva

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Hieu Le Khac

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Infochimps for 2.4M in 2013

Open Caulfield Engineering LLC
Caulfield Engineering LLC

Caulfield Engineering LLC

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Edward M. Caulfield (Faculty and Alumni)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering, and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Acquired

Open Cazoodle
Cazoodle

Cazoodle

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kevin Chang

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Cbana Labs
Cbana Labs

Cbana Labs

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Richard Masel

Mark Shannon

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Acquired

Open CDW (Computer Discount Warehouse)
CDW (Computer Discount Warehouse)

CDW (Computer Discount Warehouse)

Year Founded
1984

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael Krasny

(Acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007)

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Central States Tower
Central States Tower

Central States Tower

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Brian Meier

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Architecture

Acquired

Open CFO Anywhere
CFO Anywhere

CFO Anywhere

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters

Founder/s

Christopher Greco

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Charleston Orwig, Inc.
Charleston Orwig, Inc.

Charleston Orwig, Inc.

Year Founded
1992

Headquarters

Founder/s

John G. Charleston (LAS)

Lyle E. Orwig (ACES)

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Chemistry & Media, & ACES

Acquired

Open Charmworks
Charmworks

Charmworks

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Laxmikant Kale

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Chocolate Chip Media
Chocolate Chip Media

Chocolate Chip Media

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Gene Finley IV

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Bioinformatics

Acquired

Open Christopher and Co.
Christopher and Co.

Christopher and Co.

Year Founded
1978

Headquarters

Founder/s

Lois A. Wacholtz

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Sociology and History

Acquired

Open Chromawheel
Chromawheel

Chromawheel

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Brendan Finucane: Music Performance & Education

Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi: Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Music Performance & Education

Acquired

Open ClarNan Editions
ClarNan Editions

ClarNan Editions

Year Founded
1982

Headquarters

Founder/s

Barbara Garvey Jackson

(Acquired by Classical Vocal Reprints in 2019)

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Music

Acquired

Open Command Performance Firearms & Training LLC
Command Performance Firearms & Training LLC

Command Performance Firearms & Training LLC

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Paul W. DeClark

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Anthropology

Acquired

Open Common Ground Publishing
Common Ground Publishing

Common Ground Publishing

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bill Cope

  • Faculty
  • Education

Acquired

Open CONECK
CONECK

CONECK

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jason Jackson

  • Student
  • Business

Acquired

Open Conroy Media, Ltd.
Conroy Media, Ltd.

Conroy Media, Ltd.

Year Founded
1990

Headquarters

Founder/s

Susan (Conroy) McLeod

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Conservis Corp.
Conservis Corp.

Conservis Corp.

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Eric Jackson

  • Alumni
  • ACES

Acquired

Open Contendable
Contendable

Contendable

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Zach Tratar

  • Student
  • Engineering/Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Convey Software
Convey Software

Convey Software

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Cody Pawlowski (CS)

William Widjaja (ECE)

  • Student
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open Corvae
Corvae

Corvae

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Raj Vinjamuri

  • Student
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Cracked
Cracked

Cracked

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Daniel Krause

Jeremy Mandell

  • Alumni
  • ACES

Acquired

Open Crafted Fun
Crafted Fun

Crafted Fun

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Keith Schacht

(Acquired by Vying Games in 2010)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science, & LAS/Psychology

Acquired

Open Crane and Pelican Cafe
Crane and Pelican Cafe

Crane and Pelican Cafe

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Amanda Harvey

  • Alumni
  • LAS/English

Acquired

Open Crisp Media Lab
Crisp Media Lab

Crisp Media Lab

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Gary LaPage

  • Alumni
  • Media/Advertising

Acquired

Open Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

James Lin

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open CSPA: Computer Science Proficiency Assessment
CSPA: Computer Science Proficiency Assessment

CSPA: Computer Science Proficiency Assessment

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

James Lin

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open CU Adventures in Time & Space
CU Adventures in Time & Space

CU Adventures in Time & Space

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Chris Lukeman (Advertising)

Anne Lukeman (History)

  • Alumni
  • Media & LAS

Acquired

Open CU Aerospace
CU Aerospace

CU Aerospace

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters

Founder/s

David Carroll

Michael Bragg

Victoria Coverstone

Rodney Burton

Scott White

Wayne Solomon

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open Cuil
Cuil

Cuil

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

Anna Patterson

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open CureSkin
CureSkin

CureSkin

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Guna Kakulapti

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Curiosoft
Curiosoft

Curiosoft

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Roger Dickey

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open CurlMix
CurlMix

CurlMix

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kim Lewis

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Logistics & Marketing
     

Tim Lewis

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Economics & Psychology

Acquired

Open CxE Group LLC
CxE Group LLC

CxE Group LLC

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Robert L. Towell

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Davis Pet Hospital
Davis Pet Hospital

Davis Pet Hospital

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Collinsville, IL, USA

Founder/s

Karin L. Crocker

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Paul R. Davis

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Acquired

Open Deadspin
Deadspin

Deadspin

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Will Leitch

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media

Acquired

Open Deco Software, Inc.
Deco Software, Inc.

Deco Software, Inc.

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Spencer Liolios

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Gavin Owens

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired in 2017 by Airbnb

Open Definition Theatre Company
Definition Theatre Company

Definition Theatre Company

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Julian Parker

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Theater

Tyrone Phillips

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Theater

Acquired

Open Delcross Technologies
Delcross Technologies

Delcross Technologies

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tod Courtney

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Matt Miller

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Ansys in 2015

Open Denali Software
Denali Software

Denali Software

Year Founded
1995

Headquarters

Founder/s

Sanjay K. Srivastava

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Cadence in 2010 for $315 million

Open DesignDot
DesignDot

DesignDot

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
New Canaan, CT, USA

Founder/s

Megan Wunderlich

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology & Speech Communications

Acquired

Open DETech
DETech

DETech

Year Founded
1995

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Dan Maloney

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Diagnostic Photonics
Diagnostic Photonics

Diagnostic Photonics

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Stephen Boppart

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Scott Carney

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Digital Adventures
Digital Adventures

Digital Adventures

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Wilmette, IL, USA

Founder/s

Omowale Casselle

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Arjun Venkataswamy

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology

Acquired

Open Digital Equipment Corporation
Digital Equipment Corporation

Digital Equipment Corporation

Year Founded
1957

Headquarters

Founder/s

Harlan Anderson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired
Acquired by Compaq in 1998, Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard in 2002

Open Dioxide Materials
Dioxide Materials

Dioxide Materials

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Boca Raton, FL, USA

Founder/s

Richard Masel

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Acquired

Open Distant Focus
Distant Focus

Distant Focus

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Rick L. Morrison

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Ronald A. Stack

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Dive In Digital
Dive In Digital

Dive In Digital

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Rachel Williamson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - English

Acquired

Open Division Street Capital
Division Street Capital

Division Street Capital

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Founder/s

Brian Moore

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture
  • Gies College of Business - MBA

Acquired

Open Djangy.com
Djangy.com

Djangy.com

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Dave Paola

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Sameer Sundresh

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Dorian Solutions
Dorian Solutions

Dorian Solutions

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Crystal Lake, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jason Ziolo

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open DoveMed
DoveMed

DoveMed

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Krish Tangella

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Acquired

Open Dowling Street, LLC
Dowling Street, LLC

Dowling Street, LLC

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Nadir Ahmad

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering
    Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Draftbit
Draftbit

Draftbit

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Donald Hruska

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Peter Piekarczyk

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Acquired

Open DreamLot
DreamLot

DreamLot

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters

Founder/s

Paul O'Rorke

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Driven Strategic LLC
Driven Strategic LLC

Driven Strategic LLC

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Terre Haute, IN, USA

Founder/s

Nathan A. Schaumleffel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Recreation, Sport, & Tourism

Acquired

Open EcoTextures
EcoTextures

EcoTextures

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jennette Moline

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture

Acquired

Open ecoThermics
ecoThermics

ecoThermics

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Thomas S. Lewicki

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Accounting

Merle G. Rocke

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Eden Park Illumination
Eden Park Illumination

Eden Park Illumination

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Gary Eden

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sung Ljin Park

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Eden Technology Services
Eden Technology Services

Eden Technology Services

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Kyle Wilkinson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Effimax Solar
Effimax Solar

Effimax Solar

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Logan Liu

Rui Cai

Yi Chen

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open eGov Strategies LLC
eGov Strategies LLC

eGov Strategies LLC

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Founder/s

Ken Barlow

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Electroninks
Electroninks

Electroninks

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Austin, TX, USA

Founder/s

Jennifer Lewis

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Brett Walker

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Elk Grove Family Dental
Elk Grove Family Dental

Elk Grove Family Dental

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Elk Grove Village, IL, US

Founder/s

Brian Homann

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Physics

Acquired

Open Embedor Technologies
Embedor Technologies

Embedor Technologies

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Gul Agha

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Kirill Mechitov

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Bill Spencer

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open eParel
eParel

eParel

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Kevin Schiesz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Media Studies

Acquired

Open EscaWheel
EscaWheel

EscaWheel

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Chris Delaney

 

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Jake How

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Anandi Naqui

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open eText
eText

eText

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Milind Basole

Marilou Landes

Yury Borukhovich

  • Staff
  • Technology Services

Acquired

Open Everypath
Everypath

Everypath

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Amitabh Sinha

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Exalt Diagnostics
Exalt Diagnostics

Exalt Diagnostics

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Brian Cunningham

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open ezhome
ezhome

ezhome

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Spiros Xanthos

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open EZOfficeInventory
EZOfficeInventory

EZOfficeInventory

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ali Syed

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Fabbri Law Offices, P.C.
Fabbri Law Offices, P.C.

Fabbri Law Offices, P.C.

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Wheaton, IL, USA

Founder/s

Daniel Fabbri

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open FarFaria
FarFaria

FarFaria

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ajay Godhwani

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open FarmAfield
FarmAfield

FarmAfield

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
North Bend, NE, USA

Founder/s

Mitch Minarick

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences - Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Acquired

Open First Resonance
First Resonance

First Resonance

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Founder/s

Neal Sarraf

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Karan Talati

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open FlipWord
FlipWord

FlipWord

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Thomas Reese

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Flying S, Inc.
Flying S, Inc.

Flying S, Inc.

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
Palestine, IL, USA

Founder/s

David Shaw

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open Flytenow
Flytenow

Flytenow

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Andrew Mass

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Founders Fund
Founders Fund

Founders Fund

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Luke Nosek

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Fourth and Kirby Apparel and Design
Fourth and Kirby Apparel and Design

Fourth and Kirby Apparel and Design

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
St. Louis, MO, USA

Founder/s

Victor Cortez

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts

Eddie Diazmunoz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Justin Stiebel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Will Wyss

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Acquired

Open Foxtrot Delivery Market
Foxtrot Delivery Market

Foxtrot Delivery Market

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Michael LaVitola

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Freckle Education
Freckle Education

Freckle Education

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Alexandr Kurilin

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Renaissance in 2019

Open FreeSkies
FreeSkies

FreeSkies

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ankur Mehta

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Jay Mulakala

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Putch

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open Fulcrum Reliability Systems
Fulcrum Reliability Systems

Fulcrum Reliability Systems

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Houston, TX, USA

Founder/s

Andrew Bohm

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open Fullstack Academy
Fullstack Academy

Fullstack Academy

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Nimit Maru

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

David Yang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Funl
Funl

Funl

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tom Denison

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired

Open Funzio
Funzio

Funzio

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ram Gudavalli

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by GREE in 2012 for $210 million

Open FutureAdvisor
FutureAdvisor

FutureAdvisor

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Bo Lu

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by BlackRock in 2015 for $150 million

Open gaatha story
gaatha story

gaatha story

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Bengaluru, India

Founder/s

Amar Deshpande

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open Gabriella New York Bridal Salon
Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Gabriella Risatti

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Industrial Distribution Management

Acquired

Open Gameday Spirit
Gameday Spirit

Gameday Spirit

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Steven Vogelsang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Economics

Acquired

Open Geni
Geni

Geni

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Alan Braverman

  • Alumni
  • Computer Science

Acquired

Open Geomagical Labs
Geomagical Labs

Geomagical Labs

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Brian Totty

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Giant Pixel
Giant Pixel

Giant Pixel

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Alan Braverman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

John Cwikla

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Gibson House Press
Gibson House Press

Gibson House Press

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Flossmoor, IL, USA

Founder/s

Deborah Robertson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Information Sciences - Library & Information Science

Acquired

Open Gift Caddie
Gift Caddie

Gift Caddie

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Teresa Savage

 

  • Staff & Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Staff: College of Media - Associate Dean & Lecturer
  • Alumni: College of Media - Journalism

 

Acquired

Open Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Reshma Saujani

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science

Acquired

Open Global Girlfriend
Global Girlfriend

Global Girlfriend

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Littleton, CO, USA

Founder/s

Stacey Edgar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Social Work

Acquired

Open Global Scaling Academy
Global Scaling Academy

Global Scaling Academy

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
San Mateo, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jeffrey David Abbott

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - History

Acquired

Open Glory Hole Hot Dogs
Glory Hole Hot Dogs

Glory Hole Hot Dogs

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Austin, TX, USA

Founder/s

Alexander Belkovsky

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open GlucoSentient
GlucoSentient

GlucoSentient

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Yi Lu

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Go Global Art
Go Global Art

Go Global Art

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
London, United Kingdom

Founder/s

Andrea Dempster-Chung

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open graffitiGeo, Inc.
graffitiGeo, Inc.

graffitiGeo, Inc.

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jared Tame

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired
Acquired by Loopt in 2009

Open GRAIL
GRAIL

GRAIL

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jeff Huber

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Gray Matter Experience
Gray Matter Experience

Gray Matter Experience

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Britney Robbins

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open GridX, Inc.
GridX, Inc.

GridX, Inc.

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Milpitas, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jian Zhang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Guildery
Guildery

Guildery

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kelly Berger

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Minted in 2016

Open Hackpad
Hackpad

Hackpad

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Igor Kofman

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Haken Audio
Haken Audio

Haken Audio

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters

Founder/s

Lippold Haken

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Halal Beauty Cosmetics
Halal Beauty Cosmetics

Halal Beauty Cosmetics

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Des Plaines, IL, USA

Founder/s

Adeel Afshar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering & Engineering Physics

Acquired

Open Hanauer Strategies
Hanauer Strategies

Hanauer Strategies

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jim Hanauer

  • Alumni
  • Business/Business Administration

Acquired

Open Handle
Handle

Handle

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Shawn Carolan

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Year Founded
1954

Headquarters

Founder/s

Walter E. Hanson (Faculty)

Roland D. "Dean" Collins (Alumni)

Marcus J. Rice (Alumni)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open HDF Group
HDF Group

HDF Group

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mike Folk et al.

  • Staff
  • NCSA

Acquired

Open HexNest
HexNest

HexNest

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mark Van den Avont

  • Student
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open hi5
hi5

hi5

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ramu Yalamanchi

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Hireology
Hireology

Hireology

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Adam Robinson

  • Alumni
  • LAS/History

Acquired

Open Hobbico, Inc.
Hobbico, Inc.

Hobbico, Inc.

Year Founded
1985

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bruce Holecek

(Acquired by Horizon Hobby in 2018)

  • Alumni

Acquired

Open Hooters
Hooters

Hooters

Year Founded
1983

Headquarters

Founder/s

Lynn D. Stewart

  • Alumni

Acquired

Open Hoowaki
Hoowaki

Hoowaki

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

William King

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/MechSE, ECE, & MatSE

Acquired

Open House of Joshua
House of Joshua

House of Joshua

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michelle Whojeong Lee

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Theater

Acquired

Open Human Kinetics
Human Kinetics

Human Kinetics

Year Founded
1974

Headquarters

Founder/s

Rainer Martens

  • Alumni
  • AHS/Kinesiology & Community Health

Acquired

Open HVF Labs
HVF Labs

HVF Labs

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Max Levchin

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Hyde Park Angels
Hyde Park Angels

Hyde Park Angels

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jeffrey Carter

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Hyde Park Venture Partners
Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ira Weiss

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open HYX Biotech
HYX Biotech

HYX Biotech

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Xianhui Fu

  • Student
  • ACES/Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

Acquired

Open Ian Fleming Foundation
Ian Fleming Foundation

Ian Fleming Foundation

Year Founded
1992

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael L. VanBlaricum

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open iCan Collective
iCan Collective

iCan Collective

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Afenya Montgomery

  • Alumni (at the time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Textile Marketing

Acquired

Open iClicker
iClicker

iClicker

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters

Founder/s

Timothy Stelzer

Mats Selen

Gary Gladding

Benny Brown

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Physics

Acquired

Open Iconiq capital
Iconiq capital

Iconiq capital

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Chad Boeding

  • Alumni
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open ICScape
ICScape

ICScape

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jason Xing

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open iCyt
iCyt

iCyt

Year Founded
1995

Headquarters

Founder/s

Gary Durack

(Acquired by Sony in 2010)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Bioengineering

Acquired

Open II-VI EpiWorks
II-VI EpiWorks

II-VI EpiWorks

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters

Founder/s

Quesnell Hartmann (Alumni)

David Ahmari (Alumni)

Gregory Stillman (Faculty)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Illiac Software Inc
Illiac Software Inc

Illiac Software Inc

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Rick Taube

  • Faculty
  • Music

Acquired

Open Illinois Rocstar
Illinois Rocstar

Illinois Rocstar

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

William A. Dick

Thomas L. Jackson

Fady M. Najjar

Robert Fiedler

Mark D. Brandyberry

  • Staff
  • Engineering/Applied Research Institute

Acquired

Open Illumia Corp
Illumia Corp

Illumia Corp

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Terry VonThaden

  • Faculty
  • Information Science

Acquired

Open Immuven
Immuven

Immuven

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

David Kranz

  • Faculty
  • LAS/Biochemistry

Acquired

Open Impossible Aerospace
Impossible Aerospace

Impossible Aerospace

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Founder/s

Spencer Gore

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open INI Power Systems
INI Power Systems

INI Power Systems

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters

Founder/s

Larry J. Markoski

  • Faculty
  • LAS/Chemistry

Acquired

Open Inkling Markets
Inkling Markets

Inkling Markets

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Nathan Kontny

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Chemical Engineering

Acquired

Open Innovosoy
Innovosoy

Innovosoy

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Peter Goldsmith

Christopher Lanoue

  • Faculty
  • ACES/Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Acquired

Open InnSight Technology
InnSight Technology

InnSight Technology

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dipanjan Pan

Leanne Labriola

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Bioengineering

Acquired

Open Inprentus
Inprentus

Inprentus

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Peter Abbamonte

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Physics

Acquired

Open Inscites
Inscites

Inscites

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jason Goldman

Ben Blaiszik

  • Student
  • Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Insieme Networks
Insieme Networks

Insieme Networks

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael Dvorkin

(Acquired by Cisco in 2013)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open InstaRecon
InstaRecon

InstaRecon

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Yoram Bresler

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Instarta
Instarta

Instarta

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

Zach Tratar

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open InteCap, Inc.
InteCap, Inc.

InteCap, Inc.

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Stephen I. Willis (Accounting)

Catharine (Landeene) Lawton (Finance)

(Acquired by Charles River Associates, Inc. in 2004)

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open IntelinAir
IntelinAir

IntelinAir

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Naira Hovakimyan

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Intelliwheels
Intelliwheels

Intelliwheels

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Santa Clara ,CA, USA

Founder/s

Scott Daigle

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Marissa Siebel-Siero

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Community Health

Acquired

Open Interapt
Interapt

Interapt

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Louisville, KY, USA

Founder/s

Ankur Gopal

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open Interfaith Youth Core
Interfaith Youth Core

Interfaith Youth Core

Year Founded

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Eboo Patel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Sociology

Acquired

Open Intersymbol Communications, Inc
Intersymbol Communications, Inc

Intersymbol Communications, Inc

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Andrew Singer

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Naresh Shanbhag

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Kodeos Communications in 2006, which was acquired by Finisar Corp. in 2007 for $7 million, which was acquired by II-IV in 2019 for $3.2 billion.

Open Inventables
Inventables

Inventables

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Zach Kaplan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Keith Schacht

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology

Acquired

Open Invention Mine
Invention Mine

Invention Mine

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Robert Irvine

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open iPinYou
iPinYou

iPinYou

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Beijing, China

Founder/s

Xuehua Shen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Iron Port Systems
Iron Port Systems

Iron Port Systems

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters
San Bruno, CA, USA

Founder/s

Scott Banister

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Cisco in 2007 for $830 million

Open iSense LLC
iSense LLC

iSense LLC

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Kenneth S. Suslick

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Ishimaru and Associates
Ishimaru and Associates

Ishimaru and Associates

Year Founded
1997

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Mikio Ishimaru

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open It's American Press
It's American Press

It's American Press

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Alexander Albanese

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open iVet Data
iVet Data

iVet Data

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Jakarta, Indonesia

Founder/s

Diana Sanjoto

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open J. Chang Piano Studio
J. Chang Piano Studio

J. Chang Piano Studio

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
Pasadena, CA, USA

Founder/s

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Music

Acquired

Open Jiobit
Jiobit

Jiobit

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

John Renaldi

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Roger Ady

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open JMN Associates
JMN Associates

JMN Associates

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Dallas, TX, USA

Founder/s

James Neckopulos

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired
Acquired by Hitachi Consulting in 2008

Open Jobstart
Jobstart

Jobstart

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Zach Tratar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Stripe in 2018

Open JurorSearch
JurorSearch

JurorSearch

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Dan Johnson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science, Economics

Acquired

Open Katango
Katango

Katango

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Michael Munie

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Google in 2011

Open Kathmandu Yogi
Kathmandu Yogi

Kathmandu Yogi

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Natasha Casanova

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Speech Communication & Italian
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Art History

Acquired

Open Keen IO
Keen IO

Keen IO

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Daniel Kador

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Kyle Wild

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - General Engineering

Acquired

Open Kestral Capital Group
Kestral Capital Group

Kestral Capital Group

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Stephen Vivian

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Kid Spa Austin
Kid Spa Austin

Kid Spa Austin

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Austin, TX, USA

Founder/s

Kenneth J Morrissey

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Kloudio
Kloudio

Kloudio

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Chushi Li

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Business Process Management

Acquired

Open Kuo Diedrich Chi
Kuo Diedrich Chi

Kuo Diedrich Chi

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Atlanta, GA, USA

Founder/s

John (JC) Chi

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture

Mark A. Diedrich

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture

Howard M. Kuo

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Architecture

Acquired

Open Ladies of Virtue
Ladies of Virtue

Ladies of Virtue

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jamila Trimuel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Applied Health Sciences - Community Health

Acquired

Open Lante Corporation
Lante Corporation

Lante Corporation

Year Founded
1984

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Mark Tebbe

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by SBI & Co. in 2002 for $42.7 million

Open Laramar Group
Laramar Group

Laramar Group

Year Founded
1989

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jeffrey Elowe

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Biology

Acquired

Open Larrea-Clear LLC
Larrea-Clear LLC

Larrea-Clear LLC

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Founder/s

Sandra Miarecki

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Astronomy

Acquired

Open Law Office of Lisa A. Coffey, P.C.
Law Office of Lisa A. Coffey, P.C.

Law Office of Lisa A. Coffey, P.C.

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters
Oswego, IL, USA

Founder/s

Lisa A. Coffey

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Law Office of Russell D. Knight
Law Office of Russell D. Knight

Law Office of Russell D. Knight

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Russell Knight

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Law

Acquired

Open LeafyQuick
LeafyQuick

LeafyQuick

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Rahul Easwar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open LEAMgroup
LEAMgroup

LEAMgroup

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Brian Deal

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Urban & Regional Planning

Varkki George Pallathucheril

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Urban & Regional Planning

Acquired

Open Lever Works
Lever Works

Lever Works

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Zach Kaplan

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Keith Schacht

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology

Acquired
Acquired by Leo Media in 2001

Open Lextech
Lextech

Lextech

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Alex Bratton

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open LILEE Systems
LILEE Systems

LILEE Systems

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jia-Ru Li

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open LILIA
LILIA

LILIA

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Hannah Bartman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Industrial Design

Acquired

Open LitHit
LitHit

LitHit

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Eric Mills

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open LiveBx
LiveBx

LiveBx

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters

Founder/s

Stephen A. Boppart (Faculty/Alumni)

Haohua Tu (Staff, Beckman Institute)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering

Acquired

Open Llama Naturals
Llama Naturals

Llama Naturals

Year Founded
2019

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bradley Baum

  • Alumni
  • Business/Finance

Acquired

Open Loom
Loom

Loom

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Vinay Hiremath

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Loop Health
Loop Health

Loop Health

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mayank Kale (Student, Eng/CS)

Ryan Singh (Alumni, Business/Finance & BADM)

  • Student
  • Engineering & Business

Acquired

Open LPA Search Partners
LPA Search Partners

LPA Search Partners

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Anna McCormick Kelch

(Merged with Ascend Executive Search in 2019)

  • Alumni
  • Media/Journalism

Acquired

Open MAG Optics Inc.
MAG Optics Inc.

MAG Optics Inc.

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Lowell, MA, USA

Founder/s

Geeta Singh

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Majamas Earth
Majamas Earth

Majamas Earth

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Germaine Caprio

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities

Acquired

Open MakerGirl
MakerGirl

MakerGirl

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Elizabeth Engele

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Julia Haried

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Mammoth Water
Mammoth Water

Mammoth Water

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Denver, CO, USA

Founder/s

Richael Young

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Agricultural Economics

Nicholas Brozovic

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Agricultural Economics

Acquired

Open Manton Communications Corp.
Manton Communications Corp.

Manton Communications Corp.

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jonathan Manton

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open MapTitan
MapTitan

MapTitan

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Ben Cheslow Kraatz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Matterport
Matterport

Matterport

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Founder/s

Daivd Gausebeck

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open MealPlot
MealPlot

MealPlot

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jeanette Andrade

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Nutritional Sciences

Nathan Pratt

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Nutritional Sciences

Manabu Nakamura

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Nutritional Sciences

Acquired

Open Medical Utility Scientific Equipment (MUSEinc)
Medical Utility Scientific Equipment (MUSEinc)

Medical Utility Scientific Equipment (MUSEinc)

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Bengaluru, India

Founder/s

Arvind Badrinarayanan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Integrative Biology

Acquired

Open Medivance, Inc.
Medivance, Inc.

Medivance, Inc.

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Robert Kline

(Acquired by C.R. Bard in 2011)

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Microbiology

Acquired

Open Meliora Cleaning Products
Meliora Cleaning Products

Meliora Cleaning Products

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kate Jakubas

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Merge.fm
Merge.fm

Merge.fm

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Adam Steele

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Will Leinweber

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

August Knecht

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Mesh++
Mesh++

Mesh++

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Danny Gardner

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Metabolomx
Metabolomx

Metabolomx

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Founder/s

Sun Lim

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Paul Rhodes

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Kenneth Suslick

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open MetriTech, Inc.
MetriTech, Inc.

MetriTech, Inc.

Year Founded
1982

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Samuel Krug

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology

Acquired

Open Microlution
Microlution

Microlution

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters

Founder/s

Andy Phillip

Andrew Honegger

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open MicroPlasma Ozone
MicroPlasma Ozone

MicroPlasma Ozone

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Sung-Jin Park

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

J. Gary Eden

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open midasyn
midasyn

midasyn

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Martin D. Burke (Chemistry)

Roger VanHoy (Staff/Office of Corporate Relations)

  • Faculty
  • LAS/Chemistry

Acquired

Open Mind Pirate
Mind Pirate

Mind Pirate

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mike Fu

Unni Narayanan

(Acquired by Hewlett Packard's Innovation Group in 2014)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Miss Possible
Miss Possible

Miss Possible

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Supriya Hobbs (Chemical Engineering)

Janna Eaves (MatSE)

  • Student
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open MLS Automotive
MLS Automotive

MLS Automotive

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Farmington Hills, MI, USA

Founder/s

Adam Vincens

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Moneyjar
Moneyjar

Moneyjar

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters

Founder/s

Rohan Agarwal

  • Alumni
  • LAS & Business

Acquired

Open mpressInteractive
mpressInteractive

mpressInteractive

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

John Bonadies

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Graphic Design

Acquired

Open Much Shelist
Much Shelist

Much Shelist

Year Founded
1970

Headquarters

Founder/s

Morrie Much

  • Alumni
  • Business/Finance

Acquired

Open MulticoreWare
MulticoreWare

MulticoreWare

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Wen-Mei Hwu

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Music Firsthand
Music Firsthand

Music Firsthand

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kris Potrafka

  • Alumni
  • Labor & Employment Relations

Acquired

Open MyMiniLife
MyMiniLife

MyMiniLife

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Joel Poloney

Amitt Mahajan

Luke Rajlich

Sizhao Yang

(Acquired by Zynga 2009)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Mystery Science
Mystery Science

Mystery Science

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Keith Schacht

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science, & LAS/Psychology

Acquired

Open Nanosi Advanced Technologies
Nanosi Advanced Technologies

Nanosi Advanced Technologies

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Munir Nayfeh

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open National Negro Network
National Negro Network

National Negro Network

Year Founded
1954

Headquarters

Founder/s

W. Leonard Evans, Jr.

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Nee Plata Law LLC
Nee Plata Law LLC

Nee Plata Law LLC

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jong Sook Nee

  • Alumni
  • Law

Acquired

Open Neocova
Neocova

Neocova

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
St. Louis, MO, USA

Founder/s

Sultan Meghji

  • Alumni (at the time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics & Computer Science

Acquired

Open Network Geographics
Network Geographics

Network Geographics

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters

Founder/s

Alan Carrol

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Network Perception
Network Perception

Network Perception

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mouna Bamba (Staff, ECE)

Robin Berthier (Staff, ECE)

David Nicol (Faculty, ECE)

Edmond Rogers (Staff, ECE)

William H. Sanders (Faculty, ECE)

Sankalp Singh (Alumni, CS)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Neurovision Medical Products
Neurovision Medical Products

Neurovision Medical Products

Year Founded
1973

Headquarters

Founder/s

J. Lee Rea

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Neutral Design Studio
Neutral Design Studio

Neutral Design Studio

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ricardo Pierre-Louis

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Newell Instruments
Newell Instruments

Newell Instruments

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ty Newell (Faculty)

Ben Newell (Alumni)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

Acquired

Open Nine Four Ventures
Nine Four Ventures

Nine Four Ventures

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jeffrey Elowe

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Biology

Acquired

Open Ning
Ning

Ning

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Marc Andreessen

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Nourish Net
Nourish Net

Nourish Net

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kathleen Hu

(Formerly called Dibbs)

  • Student
  • Engineering/ISE

Acquired

Open Obiter Research
Obiter Research

Obiter Research

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

William Boulanger

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open OceanComm
OceanComm

OceanComm

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Thomas Riedl

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering
     

Andrew Singer

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Octopart
Octopart

Octopart

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
New York, NY, USA

Founder/s

Harish Agarwal

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired
Acquired by Altium in 2015.

Open Ogloza Fortney LLP
Ogloza Fortney LLP

Ogloza Fortney LLP

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Darius Ogloza

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open OmniEars
OmniEars

OmniEars

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Peiyan (Scott) Gui

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering
    and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Heyuan Huang

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Mingyang Qu

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Zhipeng Xie

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open one
one

one

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Michael Callahan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Systems & Entrepreneurial Engineering

Cory Levy

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Opal Kelly Incorporated
Opal Kelly Incorporated

Opal Kelly Incorporated

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Portland, OR, USA

Founder/s

Jake Janovetz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Open Prairie Ventures, Inc.
Open Prairie Ventures, Inc.

Open Prairie Ventures, Inc.

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Effingham, IL, USA

Founder/s

Andrew Jones

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - MBA

Acquired

Open Opsware
Opsware

Opsware

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters

Founder/s

Marc Andreessen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.65 billion

Open Optivolt Labs
Optivolt Labs

Optivolt Labs

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
San Mateo, CA, USA

Founder/s

Rohit Kalyanpur

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Paul Couston

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Daniel Kofman

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Orange QC
Orange QC

Orange QC

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Flossmoor, IL, USA

Founder/s

Matt Gornick

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Ryan Mathews

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Orate
Orate

Orate

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Veronika Eklund

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

Acquired

Open Orbital
Orbital

Orbital

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Geoffrey E. Cherry

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering

Acquired

Open Orchard, Inc.
Orchard, Inc.

Orchard, Inc.

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Glencoe, IL, USA

Founder/s

Indira Saladi

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering

Acquired

Open Origin Ventures
Origin Ventures

Origin Ventures

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bruce Barron

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Accountancy

Steve Miller

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Business Administration & Marketing

Acquired

Open OSO Technologies
OSO Technologies

OSO Technologies

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael Clemenson

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Trevor Hutchins

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Austin Lyons

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Brad Sanders

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Eduardo Torrealba

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Outfield
Outfield

Outfield

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Houston, TX, USA

Founder/s

Adam Steele

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering

Acquired

Open Own It Technologies (Own The Spot app)
Own It Technologies (Own The Spot app)

Own It Technologies (Own The Spot app)

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Bedford Park, IL, USA

Founder/s

Brandon Willis

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open P.A. Semi
P.A. Semi

P.A. Semi

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters

Founder/s

Daniel Dobberpuhl

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Apple, Inc. in 2008 for $278 million.

Open Palantir
Palantir

Palantir

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Nathan Gettings

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Pandamonium Doughnuts
Pandamonium Doughnuts

Pandamonium Doughnuts

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

James Kyung

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences - Animal Science

Acquired

Open Pangea Properties
Pangea Properties

Pangea Properties

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Al Goldstein

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Acquired

Open Pansophic Systems, Inc.
Pansophic Systems, Inc.

Pansophic Systems, Inc.

Year Founded
1969

Headquarters

Founder/s

Joseph A. Piscopo

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired
Acquired by Computer Associates International in 1991 for $290 million.

Open Pantheon Systems Inc
Pantheon Systems Inc

Pantheon Systems Inc

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Zachary Rosen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Parakweet
Parakweet

Parakweet

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ramesh Haridas

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Parallel Works Inc.
Parallel Works Inc.

Parallel Works Inc.

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Michael J. Wilde

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Pattern Insight
Pattern Insight

Pattern Insight

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
San Diego, CA, USA

Founder/s

Yuanyuan Zhou

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Qingbo Zhu

Spiros Xanthos

Zhenmin Li

Acquired

Open Pay By Group
Pay By Group

Pay By Group

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dan Oblinger

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Pelago, Inc.
Pelago, Inc.

Pelago, Inc.

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jeff Holden

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Penrose Brewing Company
Penrose Brewing Company

Penrose Brewing Company

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tom Korder

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Perimeter Advisors
Perimeter Advisors

Perimeter Advisors

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Karin O'Connor

  • Alumni
  • Business/Finance

Acquired

Open Petronics
Petronics

Petronics

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dave Cohen

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open PhiOptics
PhiOptics

PhiOptics

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Catalin Chiritescu

Gabriel Popescu

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open PhotoniCare
PhotoniCare

PhotoniCare

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ryan Shelton

Steve Boppart

  • Staff
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Pick'n Run
Pick'n Run

Pick'n Run

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

John Mueller

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Pipeline Foods LLC
Pipeline Foods LLC

Pipeline Foods LLC

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Founder/s

Eric Jackson

  • Alumni (at the time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    - Agricultural Economics

Acquired

Open Pixo
Pixo

Pixo

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Lori Patterson

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Playboy
Playboy

Playboy

Year Founded
1953

Headquarters

Founder/s

Hugh Hefner

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Psychology

Acquired

Open Pocket Aces
Pocket Aces

Pocket Aces

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ashwin Suresh

Anirudh Pandita

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

Jeff Vyduna

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Ponce Realty Group
Ponce Realty Group

Ponce Realty Group

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Rob Ponce

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Psychology

Acquired

Open Postini
Postini

Postini

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters

Founder/s

Brian Maggi

(Acquired by Google in 2007)

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Speech Communication

Acquired

Open Prairiefire Consulting, Inc.
Prairiefire Consulting, Inc.

Prairiefire Consulting, Inc.

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael Lopez

Andrew Coverdill

Eric Gertner

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Primary Global Research
Primary Global Research

Primary Global Research

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mike Fu

Unni Narayanan

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Printavo
Printavo

Printavo

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bruce Ackerman

  • Alumni
  • Business/Business Process Management & Management Information Systems

Acquired

Open PrintEco
PrintEco

PrintEco

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tom Patterson

Arpan Shah

  • Student
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Product Manufactory
Product Manufactory

Product Manufactory

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bryan Wilcox (MechSE)

Mercedes Mane (AERO)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering

Acquired

Open Proteus Digital Health
Proteus Digital Health

Proteus Digital Health

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mark Zdeblick

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Architectual Studies

Acquired

Open Protonex Technology Corporation
Protonex Technology Corporation

Protonex Technology Corporation

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters

Founder/s

Paul Osenar

(Acquired by Ballard Power Systems in 2015)

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Psyonic
Psyonic

Psyonic

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Aadeel Akhtar (Neuroscience)

Patrick Slade (Mechanical Science & Eng)

  • Student
  • LAS/Neuroscience

Acquired

Open Qred
Qred

Qred

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Stockholm, Sweden

Founder/s

Jason Francis

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open QSM Diagnostics
QSM Diagnostics

QSM Diagnostics

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Boston, MA, USA

Founder/s

Edgar Goluch

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Acquired

Open Quantum Marketing Communications, LLC
Quantum Marketing Communications, LLC

Quantum Marketing Communications, LLC

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Saint Cloud, FL, USA

Founder/s

William B. Bokunic

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open Quicket Solutions
Quicket Solutions

Quicket Solutions

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Christiaan Burner

  • Student
  • Business

Acquired

Open Quill Corporation
Quill Corporation

Quill Corporation

Year Founded
1956

Headquarters
Lincolnshire, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jack Miller

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Journalism

Acquired

Open R Systems
R Systems

R Systems

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Greg Keller

Brian Kucic

  • Staff
  • NCSA

Acquired

Open Radius Health
Radius Health

Radius Health

Year Founded
2003

Headquarters

Founder/s

John Katzenellenbogen

  • Faculty
  • LAS/Chemistry

Acquired

Open Rao Research and Consulting
Rao Research and Consulting

Rao Research and Consulting

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Chetana Rao

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open RATIO Architects, Inc.
RATIO Architects, Inc.

RATIO Architects, Inc.

Year Founded
1982

Headquarters

Founder/s

William A. Browne, Jr.

  • Alumni
  • FAA/Architecture

Acquired

Open Realmware Corporation
Realmware Corporation

Realmware Corporation

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dan Moorehead

Aaron Pollack

  • Student
  • Business

Acquired

Open Red Clay Digital
Red Clay Digital

Red Clay Digital

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kevin McFall

  • Alumni
  • LAS/Computer Science & Mathematics

Acquired

Open Red Cup Distillery
Red Cup Distillery

Red Cup Distillery

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dustin Wenger

  • Alumni
  • Business/MBA

Acquired

Open Redcarpet
Redcarpet

Redcarpet

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kartik Venkataraman

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering (Transportation)

Acquired

Open Rentalutions
Rentalutions

Rentalutions

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ryan Coon

Laurence Jankelow

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open REO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon

Year Founded
1967

Headquarters

Founder/s

Neal Doughty

Alan Gratzer

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Repairtech International, Inc.
Repairtech International, Inc.

Repairtech International, Inc.

Year Founded
1978

Headquarters

Founder/s

Stan Bennett

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering

Acquired

Open ReSchedule Med
ReSchedule Med

ReSchedule Med

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Taylor Fairbank

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Revolution Medicines
Revolution Medicines

Revolution Medicines

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Martin D. Burke

  • Faculty
  • LAS/Chemistry

Acquired

Open RingWing, LLC
RingWing, LLC

RingWing, LLC

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Benjamin Khachaturian

  • Student
  • FAA/Industrial Design

Acquired

Open Rithmio
Rithmio

Rithmio

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Adam Tilton (Student)

Prashant Mehta (Faculty)

  • Student
  • Engineering/Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open RiverGlass
RiverGlass

RiverGlass

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael Welge

  • Staff
  • NCSA

Acquired

Open Rivet Ventures
Rivet Ventures

Rivet Ventures

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Christina Brodbeck

  • Alumni
  • LAS/History

Acquired

Open RLJ Companies
RLJ Companies

RLJ Companies

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Bethesda, MD, USA

Founder/s

Robert L. Johnson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Social Work

Acquired

Open Ronco Corporation
Ronco Corporation

Ronco Corporation

Year Founded
1964

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ron Popeil

  • Alumni

Acquired

Open Royal Properties
Royal Properties

Royal Properties

Year Founded
1979

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michael J. Henneman (Engineering & MBA)

Roderick L. Schmidt (Finance)

  • Alumni
  • Business

Acquired

Open Runtime Verification
Runtime Verification

Runtime Verification

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Patrick Meredith

Grigore Rosu

  • Student
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open SC4
SC4

SC4

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Erik Joshua Sacks

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Stephen Patrick Long

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Acquired

Open Scapegoat
Scapegoat

Scapegoat

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Laura Carroll

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Hagen Mueller

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired

Open Scheedule
Scheedule

Scheedule

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Suraj Samaranayake

Michael Barker

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Computer Science

Acquired

Open Scott Morrison Consulting, LLC
Scott Morrison Consulting, LLC

Scott Morrison Consulting, LLC

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Concord, NH, USA

Founder/s

Scott Morrison

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Acquired

Open Search Party LLC
Search Party LLC

Search Party LLC

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Brian McCarthy

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Information Sciences - Library & Information Science

Acquired

Open Second Spectrum
Second Spectrum

Second Spectrum

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Founder/s

Rajiv Maheswaran

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Semprius
Semprius

Semprius

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
Durham, NC, USA

Founder/s

John A. Rogers

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Sense Photonics
Sense Photonics

Sense Photonics

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters

Founder/s

Scott Burroughs

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Sensely
Sensely

Sensely

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Adam Odessky

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Sequoia Realty Group
Sequoia Realty Group

Sequoia Realty Group

Year Founded
1993

Headquarters
Lombard, IL, USA

Founder/s

Mark Levy

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences - Agriculture

Acquired

Open Serionix
Serionix

Serionix

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

James Economy

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

James Langer

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Weihua Zheng

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering

Acquired

Open Shadow Safe
Shadow Safe

Shadow Safe

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tim Deppen

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Mechanical Science & Engineering

Nishana Ismail

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering -
    Mechanical Science & Engineering

(Formerly called Servabo)

Acquired

Open Shrimpy
Shrimpy

Shrimpy

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Founder/s

Michael McCarty

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Nishant Nayudu

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Matthew Wesly

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering,
    & Bioengineering

Acquired

Open SiByte
SiByte

SiByte

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters

Founder/s

Daniel W. Dobberpuhl

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Silverscreen, Inc.
Silverscreen, Inc.

Silverscreen, Inc.

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Zeba Parker

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open SimBioSys, Inc.
SimBioSys, Inc.

SimBioSys, Inc.

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Joseph R. Peterson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

John A. Cole, Jr.

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Physics

Acquired

Open Skinny Souping
Skinny Souping

Skinny Souping

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Alison Velazquez

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Slice Rides
Slice Rides

Slice Rides

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Alok Pradhan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Smart Dating Academy
Smart Dating Academy

Smart Dating Academy

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bela Gandhi

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open SmartHealth Activator
SmartHealth Activator

SmartHealth Activator

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
North Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Tom Denison

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Acquired

Open SnapCheck
SnapCheck

SnapCheck

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Ken Kuszka

  • Alumni
  • Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Snapshot Energy
Snapshot Energy

Snapshot Energy

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Danville, IL, USA

Founder/s

Chris Hanson

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Civil Engineering

Lance Schideman

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering
    Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Yuanhui Zhang

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering
    Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Acquired

Open Snooz
Snooz

Snooz

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Founder/s

Eli Lazar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Soil Diagnostics
Soil Diagnostics

Soil Diagnostics

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Kaustubh Bhalerao

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Farhan Syed

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences -
    Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Acquired

Open SolarBOS
SolarBOS

SolarBOS

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Livermore, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jason Schripsema

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Gibraltar Industries in 2018

Open SolarBridge
SolarBridge

SolarBridge

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Philip Krein

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Patrick Chapman

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by SunPower in 2014

Open Solstice
Solstice

Solstice

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

J Schwan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open SoMat Corporation
SoMat Corporation

SoMat Corporation

Year Founded
1982

Headquarters

Founder/s

Norman Miller

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Darrell Socie

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik (HBM) in 2008

Open Someoddpilot
Someoddpilot

Someoddpilot

Year Founded
1999

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Chris Eichenseer

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts

Acquired

Open Sonistic
Sonistic

Sonistic

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Aaron Jones

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Doug Jones

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Specific Diagnostics
Specific Diagnostics

Specific Diagnostics

Year Founded
2009

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA, USA

Founder/s

Kenneth S. Suslick

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Spectroclick
Spectroclick

Spectroclick

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Savoy, IL, USA

Founder/s

Alex Scheeline

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Spindle
Spindle

Spindle

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Alex Lambert

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Twitter in 2013

Open SponsorNet New Media
SponsorNet New Media

SponsorNet New Media

Year Founded
1995

Headquarters

Founder/s

Scott Banister

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Max Levchin

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Luke Nosek

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Stackend Solutions
Stackend Solutions

Stackend Solutions

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters
Wilmington, DE, USA

Founder/s

Connor Lake

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Starfire Industries
Starfire Industries

Starfire Industries

Year Founded
2004

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Brian Jurczyk

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering

Robert Stubbers

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering

Acquired

Open Sting
Sting

Sting

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Founder/s

John Ayers

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Industrial Design

Acquired

Open Strikingly
Strikingly

Strikingly

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Shanghai, China

Founder/s

Dafeng Guo

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open StudyCloud
StudyCloud

StudyCloud

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Andrew Lee

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Ravi Pilla

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

Acquired

Open subLOGIC
subLOGIC

subLOGIC

Year Founded
1975

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bruce Artwick

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Stu Moment

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Sugar Monkey Cupcakes
Sugar Monkey Cupcakes

Sugar Monkey Cupcakes

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters

Founder/s

Neda Darwish-Yacouby

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open Sugarbox Inc.
Sugarbox Inc.

Sugarbox Inc.

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jessica Lam

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Notion in 2014

Open Sun Buckets
Sun Buckets

Sun Buckets

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

  • Faculty & Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Faculty: College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    - Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Alumni: Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Matthew Alonso

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
    - Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Joe Bradley

  • Staff & Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Staff: Grainger College of Engineering - Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
  • Alumni: Gies College of Business - MBA

Acquired

Open Syapse
Syapse

Syapse

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Glenn Winokur

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Symbolic Sound Corporation
Symbolic Sound Corporation

Symbolic Sound Corporation

Year Founded
1990

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Kurt J. Hebel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering
     

Carla Scaletti

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • Fine and Applied Arts - Music

Acquired

Open Synergy Law Group, LLC
Synergy Law Group, LLC

Synergy Law Group, LLC

Year Founded
2000

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Bart Loethen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Law
     

Art Mertes

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Law

Acquired

Open Synthego
Synthego

Synthego

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Menlo Park, CA, USA

Founder/s

Michael Dabrowski

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering
     

Paul Dabrowski

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Tanso Biosciences, Inc.
Tanso Biosciences, Inc.

Tanso Biosciences, Inc.

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Tokyo, Japan

Founder/s

Hideaki Ogasawara

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open TapCommerce
TapCommerce

TapCommerce

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founder/s

Samir Mirza

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Twitter in 2014 for $100 million

Open TeaSquares
TeaSquares

TeaSquares

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Jordan Buckner

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - MBA
     

Adi Malik

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering
     

Alex Stomp

Acquired

Open Tetravitae Bioscience
Tetravitae Bioscience

Tetravitae Bioscience

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Kingsport, TN, USA

Founder/s

Hans Blaschek

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Acquired
Acquired by Eastman Chemical Co. in 2011

Open Text-IE
Text-IE

Text-IE

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters

Founder/s

Dan Roth

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open TiE Angels
TiE Angels

TiE Angels

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Founder/s

Prashant Shah

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open TipTek
TipTek

TipTek

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Savoy, IL, USA

Founder/s

Gregory Girolami

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry
     

Scott Lockledge

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry
     

Joseph Lyding

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Tokarz Group Advisers LLC
Tokarz Group Advisers LLC

Tokarz Group Advisers LLC

Year Founded
2006

Headquarters
Purchase, NY, USA

Founder/s

Michael Tokarz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open tomford Design
tomford Design

tomford Design

Year Founded
1998

Headquarters
West Hollywood, CA, USA

Founder/s

Thomas Ford

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Communication

Acquired

Open Topix
Topix

Topix

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Bryn Dole

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics

Acquired

Open Toro
Toro

Toro

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters

Founder/s

Amitt Mahajan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
     

Joel Poloney

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Google in 2015

Open Touchlight
Touchlight

Touchlight

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Founder/s

Swarnav Pujari

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open TrackBill
TrackBill

TrackBill

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA

Founder/s

Steven Marciniak

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Trala, Inc.
Trala, Inc.

Trala, Inc.

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Vishnu Indukuri

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
     

Sam Walder

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts - Music - Violin

Acquired

Open Transocean
Transocean

Transocean

Year Founded
1974

Headquarters
Steinhausen, Switzerland

Founder/s

Marvin Dennis

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Accounting

Acquired

Open Trapeze Networks
Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters

Founder/s

Bill Miskovetz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Juniper Networks in 2010 for $152 million

Open Traverse Science
Traverse Science

Traverse Science

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Stephen Fleming

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Neuroscience
     

Ryan Dilger (Faculty/ACES/Animal Sciences)

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Agriculture, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences - Animal Sciences

Acquired

Open Trimpe Music Publishing
Trimpe Music Publishing

Trimpe Music Publishing

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Farmington Hills, MI, USA

Founder/s

J. R. Trimpe

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Fine & Applied Arts - Music Education

Acquired

Open Triptych Brewing
Triptych Brewing

Triptych Brewing

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Savoy, IL, USA

Founder/s

Anthony Benjamin

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Grainger Engineering Web IT

Acquired

Open True Advantage
True Advantage

True Advantage

Year Founded
2017

Headquarters

Founder/s

Michele Kattke

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Biochemistry

Acquired

Open Turkbox
Turkbox

Turkbox

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Mrinaal Mittal

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering
    Computer Science, and Innovation, Leadership, & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE)

Acquired

Open Twyngo
Twyngo

Twyngo

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters

Founder/s

Mike Fu

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
     

Unni Narayanan

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Mind Pirate in 2012, Mind Pirate acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2014

Open Tyto
Tyto

Tyto

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Robert Hornbaker

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • ACES - Agricultural Economics

Acquired

Open Uncanny Magazine
Uncanny Magazine

Uncanny Magazine

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
Urbana, IL, USA

Founder/s

Lynne M. Thomas

  • Faculty & Alumni (at time of founding)
  • School of Information Sciences
  • Head of Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Michael Damian Thomas

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences

Acquired

Open Upstart Power, Inc.
Upstart Power, Inc.

Upstart Power, Inc.

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Southborough, MA

Founder/s

Paul Osenar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Urban Brain and Body
Urban Brain and Body

Urban Brain and Body

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Seth Franz

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - Finance

Acquired

Open UT Dots Inc
UT Dots Inc

UT Dots Inc

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Yuri Didenko

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemical Sciences

Acquired

Open Vanquish Oncology
Vanquish Oncology

Vanquish Oncology

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Paul J. Hergenrother

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Chemistry

Acquired

Open Verde GSE
Verde GSE

Verde GSE

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Ty Newell (Faculty)

Ben Newell (Alumni)

Alex Long (Alumni)

  • Faculty
  • Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

Acquired

Open Verge Pets
Verge Pets

Verge Pets

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Nick Bahr

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Zayyan Faizal

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Systems Engineering & Design

Acquired

Open Veriflow Systems
Veriflow Systems

Veriflow Systems

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Matthew Caesar

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science
     

Brighten Godfrey

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Verplex
Verplex

Verplex

Year Founded
1996

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

KC Chen

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Cadence in 2003

Open Vibe, Inc.
Vibe, Inc.

Vibe, Inc.

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Zach Tratar

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open ViroCyt, Inc.
ViroCyt, Inc.

ViroCyt, Inc.

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Goettingen, Germany

Founder/s

Robert Kline

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Microbiology

Acquired
Acquired by Sartorius AG in 2016 for $16 million

Open Virtroid
Virtroid

Virtroid

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Joseph Burritt

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business - MBA

Acquired
Acquired by Magic Leap in 2016

Open VirtualSpeech
VirtualSpeech

VirtualSpeech

Year Founded
2015

Headquarters
London, United Kingdom

Founder/s

Dom Barnard

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Vitrix Health
Vitrix Health

Vitrix Health

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Aashay Patel

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Ayush Kumar

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Vitruvian Biotech
Vitruvian Biotech

Vitruvian Biotech

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Gerald J. Pijanowski

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Acquired

Open Vocareum
Vocareum

Vocareum

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Sanjay Srivastava

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

Open Voelker Litigation Group
Voelker Litigation Group

Voelker Litigation Group

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Daniel J. Voelker

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Vonberg Valve, Inc.
Vonberg Valve, Inc.

Vonberg Valve, Inc.

Year Founded
1971

Headquarters
Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

Founder/s

Joseph M. Levon

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open Voxel
Voxel

Voxel

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Tim Cheng

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open VSCO (Visual Supply Co)
VSCO (Visual Supply Co)

VSCO (Visual Supply Co)

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Oakland, CA, USA

Founder/s

Mike Wu

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Water High Creative
Water High Creative

Water High Creative

Year Founded
2018

Headquarters
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Founder/s

Brett Luce

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Fine & Applied Arts - Graphic Design

Acquired

Open Watson IP Group, PLC
Watson IP Group, PLC

Watson IP Group, PLC

Year Founded
2005

Headquarters
Hudsonville, MI, USA

Founder/s

Jovan N. Jovanovic

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • College of Law
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Science & Engineering

Acquired

Open WayMark Systems
WayMark Systems

WayMark Systems

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Pat Canavan

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • School of Labor & Employment Relations

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • School of Labor & Employment Relations
  • School of Information Sciences

Jon Gant

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • School of Information Sciences

Mike Haberman

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Illinois Informatics Institute

Mark Nolan

  • Staff (at time of founding)
  • Information Technology & Economic Development

Acquired

Open Wentsel Wealth Management
Wentsel Wealth Management

Wentsel Wealth Management

Year Founded
2016

Headquarters
Western Springs, IL, USA

Founder/s

Scott Wentsel

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Economics

Acquired

Open Whodini
Whodini

Whodini

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

Pankaj Mehra

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by Declara in 2014 for an undisclosed amount.

Open Williams Capital Advisors, LLC
Williams Capital Advisors, LLC

Williams Capital Advisors, LLC

Year Founded
2002

Headquarters
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Founder/s

David M. Williams

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Gies College of Business

Acquired

Open Wind River Systems
Wind River Systems

Wind River Systems

Year Founded
1981

Headquarters
Alameda, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jerry Fiddler

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Music & Photography
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Workr
Workr

Workr

Year Founded
2014

Headquarters

Founder/s

Daniel Malmer

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Workspot, Inc.
Workspot, Inc.

Workspot, Inc.

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Campbell, CA, USA

Founder/s

Amitabh Sinha

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Xerion Advanced Battery
Xerion Advanced Battery

Xerion Advanced Battery

Year Founded
2011

Headquarters
Champaign, IL, USA

Founder/s

Paul Braun

  • Faculty (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science

John Busbee

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Materials Science

Acquired

Open Xoom Corp
Xoom Corp

Xoom Corp

Year Founded
2001

Headquarters
San Jose, CA, USA

Founder/s

Alan Braverman

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired
Acquired by PayPal in 2015 for $1.09 billion

Open Y Ventures
Y Ventures

Y Ventures

Year Founded
2008

Headquarters
Monrovia, CA, USA

Founder/s

Jawed Karim

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Yellow Box
Yellow Box

Yellow Box

Year Founded
2010

Headquarters
Chicago, IL, USA

Founder/s

Nate Hartman

  • Alumni (at the time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) - Creative Writing

Acquired

Open Zayo Group, LLC
Zayo Group, LLC

Zayo Group, LLC

Year Founded
2007

Headquarters
Boulder, CO, USA

Founder/s

Dan Caruso

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Acquired
Acquired by EQT and Digital Colony for $8.2 billion in 2019

Open Zen Marketing
Zen Marketing

Zen Marketing

Year Founded
2012

Headquarters
Flemington, NJ, USA

Founder/s

Sizhao Yang

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open Zero Percent
Zero Percent

Zero Percent

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Adam Carney

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • College of Media - Advertising

Rajesh Karmani

  • Student (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Computer Science

Acquired

Open ZG Worldwide Consultants
ZG Worldwide Consultants

ZG Worldwide Consultants

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters
Springfield, IL, USA

Founder/s

Lothar Soliwon

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences - Geography

Acquired

Open ZowPow
ZowPow

ZowPow

Year Founded
2013

Headquarters

Founder/s

Brian Krejcarek

  • Alumni (at time of founding)
  • Grainger College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Acquired

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