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Lupe Fiasco to Receive Chicagoness Award at 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards

News, Events, Community
Posted by: 1871 on 10/26/17 12:05 PM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 will present the third annual Chicagoness Award to Lupe Fiasco at the 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards Dinner, to be held November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The award honors individuals and businesses that exemplify the values and unique traits of the Chicago entrepreneur, which include hard work, commitment to community, inclusion and a vision that fosters collective opportunity.

Disconnect to Reconnect: "Glamping" with Google For Entrepreneurs

Events, Community
Posted by: Diana Lopez-Obaldo on 10/25/17 8:22 PM

Our amazing sponsors at Google for Entrepreneurs hosted the 5th Annual Trailblazers this past September in Santa Rosa, California, bringing leaders from around the globe who are passionate about growing entrepreneurship in their ecosystems. This year, 1871's Director of External Affairs and International Relations Diana Lopez-Obaldo, who attended and reconnected with old and new friends, shares her takeaways from the retreat.

Creepin' It Real: 1871 Marches in the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Events, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 10/24/17 10:42 PM

Home is where the heart is, and last weekend both were on Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago. Alongside a float built to resemble the iconic Merchandise Mart, the 1871 team marched in the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, a special nighttime celebration of Chicago's vast creative and cultural community hosted by LUMA8.

Meet, the Company Pitching Chicago to Global Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 10/20/17 1:30 PM

1871-based has brought more than 60 companies from more than a half-dozen countries around the world. What did it take for Serhat Cicekoglu and Gerod Carfantan to build a bridge between Chicago and the rest of the world?

The 1871 Fintech Forum: A Discussion of the Future of Data and Analytics

Events, Insights, Community
Posted by: Colleen Maxwell on 10/17/17 10:52 AM

1871 held its latest quarterly Fintech Forum on September 29th, in partnership with Capco, to showcase Chicago’s strongest data and analytics experts and to help create engagement between 1871 startups and corporate partners in the fintech space. Here are four key takeaways on how to use reporting information to drive insights, automation, and a competitive advantage.

1871 Companies Prove Chicago is a City of Rebuilders After Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria

News, Community
Posted by: Mick Swasko on 10/13/17 3:40 PM

When three major and catastrophic hurricanes made landfall between late-August and early-October, the destruction left in their wake was described as “unprecedented” and “devastating.” In the following month, it has been inspiring at 1871 -- an organization that is named after those who rose up and rebuilt after a disaster -- to see the innovators and member organizations that have stepped up to use their tools and tap their communities to aid in the aftermath.

HERITAGE | "New heights"

Posted by: 1871 on 10/13/17 2:39 PM

Every entrepreneur has a story of what inspired them to build their dream, and for some, the passion is in their bloodlines. For our final Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight, meet Manny Ozaeta, Director of the 1871/IHCC Hispanic Technology Incubator.

Hacking IRL: What Mr. Robot Teaches Us About Cybersecurity

Insights, Community
Posted by: 1871 on 10/12/17 4:17 PM

Jim Holcomb, an Associate Security Consultant at Evolve Security, breaks down Mr. Robot's (surprisingly accurate!) portrayal of hacking in this three part series for the 1871 blog. Be warned, there's spoilers, and some crazy surprising information about real-life cybersecurity in here. 

Tech Community Comes out for "High Fives" at Fifth WiSTEM Showcase

Events, Community
Posted by: Mick Swasko on 10/10/17 12:46 PM

The auditorium was filled October 9 for what has become one of of 1871’s signature events -- the WiSTEM Showcase. Thirteen women-led companies took the stage to pitch their businesses and showcase their success after 12 weeks of intense workshops, mentorship and programming.

Laura Brebner Seeks to Empower Patients with Advocatia

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 10/6/17 4:06 PM

Laura Brebner isn’t a doctor, but she might end up saving lives. The co-founder and COO of Advocatia, a WiSTEM cohort company, has partnered with her brother to make local, state and national healthcare benefits much more accessible and transparent for hospital patients.

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