2019 Best Tech Startups in Champaign

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Champaign, 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 (unacquired), 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. PhotoniCare


Founded: 2013

“PhotoniCare is a medical device start-up in Champaign, IL, developing technology invented at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by the company’s founders. This handheld imaging technology provides access to new clinical indicators that will fundamentally change the way middle ear infections and other middle ear diseases are managed, by providing unprecedented views into the middle ear space where these diseases take place.

Fundamentally, PhotoniCare seeks to improve healthcare by enabling higher-value care, resulting in reduced healthcare costs and better patient outcomes. Our platform technology will provide new insights into a number of diseases and applications, starting with the most common disease afflicting our children.”

2. Inspirit IoT, Inc

Inspirit IoT, Inc

Founded: 2016

“Accelerated Machine Learning solutions — delivering high performance machine learning to cloud, server and edge devices.”

3. Petronics


Founded: 2014

“Petronics develops and offers robotic pets for cats. It offers Mousr, a robotic toy that includes 360-degree vision, environmental sensing, and Bluetooth features.

Petronics was founded in 2014 and is based in Champaign, Illinois, United States.”

4. Reconstruct


Founded: 2015

“Reconstruct uses Your Visual Data to Improve Planning, Coordination and Communication on Your Jobsites. Our web-based platform continuously reconstructs and visualizes Reality directly within 4D BIM, measures progress and productivity, and analyzes risk for delay.

By putting schedule tasks and project performance data in a visual context for the entire team and mapping Reality to Plan, our platform provides transparency in project execution and helps project teams better plan, coordinate, and communicate.”

5. Zmodo Technology Corporation, Ltd.

Zmodo Technology Corporation, Ltd.

Founded: 2009

“From its inception in 2009, Zmodo has built a strong reputation for delivering high-quality video products and excellent customer service worldwide with nearly 8 million products sold. Now Zmodo has entered the smart home market with a new line of connected video and automation products. With over 386,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and Jiangsu, 46,000 square feet of research and development facilities in Shenzhen, logistics and customer support in Champaign, IL, and a new innovation lab in Fremont, CA, Zmodo is one of the few smart home companies that owns their hardware and user experience end-to-end.”