Innovation Lives Here!

From the plasma TV to the Web browser, LED technology and the oh-so-delicious whipped cream in a can, Champaign-Urbana has a rich legacy of innovation. Today, Champaign-Urbana remains a hotbed of technology and that makes us #OutsideOfOrdinary. 

We’re home to Blue Waters, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Max Levchin (PayPal), Jeremy Stoppelman and Russell Simmons (Yelp), Ping Fu (3D printing), and Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (YouTube) are just a few of the visionaries from Champaign-Urbana. 

It’s no coincidence that Yahoo, Wolfram Research, Volition, AB InBev, Citrix Systems, Grainger, Raytheon, Riverbed Technology, Amdocs and John Deere all have a significant presence in Champaign-Urbana. Weíre home to a thriving technology scene that is transforming visions into reality. It’s no surprise that Champaign-Urbana was recently named one of the top startup cities in America. 

From the engineering and technological talent at the University of Illinois to established technology companies and a strong venture capital community (top 10 metro area for the most venture capital per capita), it’s all happening here. When it comes to innovation, we’re kind of a big deal. 

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