Developing the technologies of tomorrow.

The birthplace of groundbreaking inventions including the cell phone, the wireless remote and the first-ever web browser, Illinois is a place where ideas become patents, businesses and life-changing technologies. The state is among the top 10 for IT jobs and GDP, and home to a continuous flow of successful tech startups, along with innovation hubs for “traditional” companies.

Tech businesses thrive in Illinois because of the state’s robust pool of highly educated talent. The technologies of yesterday, today, and tomorrow are being built and developed in Illinois.


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Notable Illinois Businesses

Notable Illinois Businesses

Among the largest tech employers in Illinois are Encore Global, AT&T, Cosatech, Inc., CDK Global and S&C Electric Company.

Key Data

  • The University of Illinois graduates more engineers each year than MIT, Stanford and CalTech combined
  • In just five years, 760 startups were created at Illinois’ universities.
  • Illinois saw over $10.3B of venture investment in 2022 alone, 4th largest in the nation up from 9th in 2012. (NVCA, 2022)
  • 12 Chicago companies achieved unicorn status (valuations of more than $1B)
  • #5 data center location in the world
  • 8th largest tech talent pool in nation
  • 25K tech companies in Illinois employ 250K people, with $53B economic impact

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