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Telecom Leaders Supporting Chicago's Top Startups

Two Chicago IT Companies Lend Their Expertise to Foster Startup Growth at Catapult

CHICAGO - Catapult Chicago, a tech start up community, is pleased to announce its partnership with Converged Communication Systems and Stratosphere Networks. This partnership will provide Catapult's resident startups with access to best-in-class IT infrastructure to support their rapidly growing businesses.

"It is an exciting time for tech startups in Chicago," said Managing Partner Steve Melchiorre. "Converged Communication Systems and Stratosphere Networks are committed to leveraging our expertise to help the startup community, and we found Catapult to be the best fit with our organization. "

"Catapult's resident startup companies now have a highly engaged resource to help them navigate their IT needs and plan for the future of their companies," said April Lane, Executive Director of Catapult Chicago. "We couldn't have asked for a more talented team who really understand what our startups need at each stage of growth."

Catapult Chicago's startup companies have been growing quickly. Catapult companies have collectively raised more than $12 million in investment capital, and more than half of the companies have doubled their staff. The organization's current companies range from a personalized e-commerce site for apparel led by MIT graduates, to an online professional network for the service industry led by a former venture capitalist.

Resident companies include:

  • BidMed
  • BucketFeet
  • Buzz Referrals
  • MentorMob
  • Procured Health
  • StyleSeek
  • Symbiosis Health
  • TempoDB
  • VLinks Media.
This partnership leverages Converged Communication Systems' and Stratosphere Networks' deep expertise in a dynamic industry and across a variety of clients with Catapult's growing startups. Together, the two organizations will provide unparalleled support to Chicago's startup ecosystem.

About Catapult Chicago
Catapult Chicago is the first collaborative community aimed to support growing later-stage tech startups. Our peer-selection model creates a community of Chicago's best and brightest, working together to grow the next generation of successful startups. For more information visit www.catapultchicago.com.

About Converged Communication Systems
Converged Communication Systems (CCS) is a nationwide provider of best-in-class IP Telephony solutions and support services for businesses of all sizes. We specialize in a full range of solutions including traditional, IP, and hybrid telephone systems as well as SIP solutions, unified messaging and fax solutions. For more information, visit www.convergedsystems.com.

About Stratosphere Networks
Stratosphere Networks is a multifaceted IT managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed the always-changing, diverse business needs for all industries. For more information, visit www.stratospherenetworks.com.

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