2018 Best Tech Startups in Illinois

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Illinois. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Uptake

Uptake

Founded: 2014

“Uptake is a proven, robust predictive analytics SaaS platform delivering products that enable outcomes across industries. Uptake has integrated our unparalleled data science, machine learning and state-of-the-art security with deep industry knowledge to create market-leading solutions worldwide.

We focus on outcomes that positively impact the productivity, reliability, safety and cyber security of your business – providing the right insight to the right users at the right time.”

2. Tempus

Tempus

Founded: 2015

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chicago

“Tempus is a technology company that is building the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful. We enable physicians to deliver personalized cancer care for patients through our interactive analytical and machine learning platform. We provide genomic sequencing services and analyze molecular and therapeutic data to empower physicians to make real-time, data-driven decisions. Our goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as we gather more data.”

3. Raise

raise marketplace

Founded: 2013

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chicago

“Raise, a leading retail payments company and the world’s largest gift card marketplace, connects consumers to buy discounted gift cards or sell their unwanted cards for cash. As the leading retail technology partner with nearly 400 national brands, Raise offers a new type of digital payment for retailers. Since the company launched in 2013, Raise has saved millions of consumers more than $150 million and has received $147 million in funding from investors including Accel, PayPal, Bessemer Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates.”

4. VillageMD

VillageMD

Founded: 2013

“VillageMD is a leading provider of healthcare for organizations moving toward a primary care-led, high-value clinical model. The VillageMD solution provides the tools, technology, operations, and staffing support needed for physicians to drive the highest quality clinical results across a population. VillageMD works with physician groups, independent practice associations, and health systems to improve quality, deliver a first-rate patient experience, and lower costs in the communities they serve.”

5. Signal

signal

Founded: 2009

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chicago

“Signal is the first and only Customer Identity Solution for the enterprise. Signal’s platform transforms the customer experience by providing contextual relevance at all points of engagement, regardless of place or time.

Today, Signal’s technology runs on more than 45,000 digital properties in 158 countries. The platform facilitates billions of data requests monthly, supporting top brands around the world that generate more than $1.5 trillion in commerce, including Allstate, Audi, Crate & Barrel, JetBlue Airways, Starcom MediaVest Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and many more.”

6. Sprout Social

Sprout Social

Founded: 2010

“Sprout Social is a social media management tool created to help businesses grow their social media presence. The web application integrates with multiple social networks where consumers are engaging with businesses and brands.

The application also offers team or individual engagement and publishing tools with in-depth analytics, brand monitoring, competitive insights and social CRM features. Sprout Social is known for its intuitive, easy-to-use web and mobile platforms.”

7. SpotHero

SpotHero

Founded: 2011

“SpotHero is North America’s leading parking reservation service, with 12 million+ cars parked, the largest network of connected parking facilities, and the most app downloads nationwide. Launched in 2011, SpotHero empowers drivers with easy, affordable parking at garages, lots, and valets across 50 major cities in the U.S.”

8. Shiftgig

Shiftgig

Founded: 2012

“Shiftgig connects businesses with the on-demand workforce through our industry-leading mobile platform. Our technology provides financial opportunity for hourly workers seeking flexibility and choice, while delivering powerful business agility to companies. More than 2,500 clients in food service, hospitality, retail, warehouse and experiential marketing use Shiftgig because of its ability to easily fill and manage short- term job assignments with pre-vetted, skills-assessed workers. Shiftgig is changing the way people work.”

9. FourKites

FourKites

Founded: 2014

“FourKites is the fastest-growing predictive supply chain platform, delivering real-time visibility and execution for Fortune 500 companies and third-party logistics firms. Using a proprietary algorithm to calculate shipment arrival times, FourKites enables customers to lower operating costs, improve on-time performance, and strengthen end-customer relationships. With a network of more than four million GPS/ELD devices, FourKites covers all modes including ocean, rail, parcel and over-the-road. The platform is optimized for mobile and equipped with market-leading end-to-end security.”

10. Reverb.com

Reverb.com

Founded: 2012

“Reverb is an online marketplace where anyone can buy and sell musical instruments. We make buying and selling new, used, and vintage instruments fun, affordable, easy, and reliable for millions of musicians.”

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