Personify

Personify makes remote communication as personal—and intuitive—as possible.

Its flagship product, Personify Live, is an immersive video communication tool that embeds real-time video of a speakers into any setting, such as a PowerPoint presentation or online demonstration, allowing the presenter to naturally interact with the content on the screen and with their audience. Personify Live offers multiple sales, customer service, and training benefits, along with reduced travel costs for meetings.

Personify founders started working with the Office of Technology Management (OTM) in spring 2009 to license key intellectual property that originated at the Coordinated Science Lab in Urbana. This was the spark that ignited the company, prompting the sequence of events leading to its first round of funding. Personify was founded in August 2009, and incorporated in April 2010; the company received $250k in seed funding from IllinoisVENTURES that November.

Shortly after, Personify established company headquarters in the EnterpriseWorks incubator. “EnterpriseWorks has been a wonderful place to land our company and a great resource for getting it started,” said Dr. Sanjay Patel, CEO. “In particular, having a pre-established infrastructure for accessing university resources while planting our feet on the ground was incredibly useful for us.” 

Participation in OTM’s Share the Vision Technology Showcase provided opportunities for Dr. Patel and his team to meet potential and existing investors. The Entrepreneur Professional Assistance Program (now I-Start) funded professional services and activities that were critical in Personify’s growth. In addition, EnterpriseWorks helped the company launch an initial project demonstration at TEDxUIUC and facilitated customer introductions—resulting in a business relationship with John Deere.

Now based in Chicago—with a presence in San Francisco and Vietnam—Personify continues to transform human connections.