FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/25/2014
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 DCEO Announces Illinois Businesses Participating in International Digital Business Trade Show

15 Illinois Companies to Showcase New Digital Products and Services to a Worldwide Audience

​CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that 15 Illinois companies will showcase their new digital products and services to a worldwide audience at the Mobile World Congress. This week’s gathering in Barcelona, Spain is expected to draw more than 72,000 people and will provide an unparalleled opportunity for Illinois companies to find international business leads. This is the first-ever participation by Illinois companies in the international event, and is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s agenda laid out in his State of the State address to advance the high-tech industry in Illinois, creating jobs and driving the state's economy forward.

“We have a terrific lineup of companies attending this event, and we look forward to helping them find new customers so they can play an ongoing role in our state’s incredibly active digital scene,” DCEO Director Adam Pollet said. “As Governor Quinn made clear in his State of the State address, we are aggressively pursuing every opportunity for high-tech business development in Illinois."

The trade mission, led by DCEO and supported by corporate sponsors, is part of Governor Quinn’s commitments to nurture the state’s technology and innovation economies, increase export sales for Illinois employers and help small businesses gain exposure.

“The Mobile World Congress is a chance for our homegrown companies to shine,” Pollet said. “The state and its startup companies have an innovative partnership. The benefits of attending this event will come right back to Illinois in jobs and increased business spending.”

The Illinois companies attending the Mobile World Congress include:
 
  • 004 Technologies Inc. of Champaign, a mobile application developer.
  • Authentify of Chicago, a pioneer in security applications.
  • BenchPrep of Chicago, which provides platforms for mobile learning.
  • Codal Inc. of Chicago, provider of e-commerce solutions.
  • EpiWorks Inc. of Champaign, a developer and manufacturer of semiconductor wafers.
  • Food Genius Inc. of Chicago, which tracks data for the food industry.
  • Georama of Chicago, which serves the travel and tourism industry.
  • Optulink Inc. of Naperville, which improves capacity of mobile networks.
  • Pangea Payments of Chicago, a money transfer system.
  • SceneTap of Chicago, which provides data about bars and restaurants.
  • Sennco Solutions Inc. of Plainfield, which serves retailers.
  • SiNode Systems Inc. of Chicago, developer of materials for lithium-ion batteries.
  • Solstice Mobile of Chicago, which advises large companies on mobile engagement.
  • Sprout Social of Chicago, which provides tools for social media engagement.
  • Velocent Systems Inc. of Naperville, which monitors and improves data networks.

The companies in the Illinois delegation were selected after an application process. Financial assistance comes from private sponsors CBRE Inc., Motorola Mobility, GeneXus USA, the Application Developers Alliance, and the State Trade and Export Promotion Program.

Mobile World Congress runs through Feb. 27 and is expected to draw about 1,700 exhibitors and more than 4,300 chief executive officers.

Last year, one digital startup was launched in the Chicago area every 41 hours and venture capital funding increased 169 percent from 2012 to more than $1 billion, according to Built In Chicago. The sector’s success is typified by the business incubator 1871 in the Merchandise Mart, where the current or former companies have created more than 1,000 jobs in less than two years. Governor Quinn directed that the state provide early funding for 1871.