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1871 Announces 13 Companies Joining Summer WiSTEM Cohort

Posted by: 1871 on 7/18/17 11:17 AM

Meet the fifth cohort of WiSTEM: A diverse set of entrepreneurs from a variety of industries beginning the accelerator program at 1871 July 18. The 13 companies will be participating in mentorship, workshops and tailored curriculum at 1871 for 12 weeks leading up to a showcase event in the fall. 

Bark Meets Byte: How 1871 Startups Are Creating Innovative New Ways To Care For Pets

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Posted by: Mick Swasko on 7/8/17 5:44 PM

The pet care industry is valued at more than $70 billion dollars, and increasingly, tech- enabled companies are creating new, innovative ways to care for the furry friends we love. From financial solutions to medical care to education, Chicago pet care startups have created a unique community committed to changing the industry. 

1871 Releases 2016 Annual Report And Financial Results

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 7/7/17 7:01 AM

1871 announced Friday the release of its 2016 Annual Report and a separate, voluntary disclosure of its financial performance in Fiscal Year 2016, which included nearly $600,000 in net operating income and about $7.5 million in revenue for the year.

CEC Statement on SB1719

Posted by: 1871 on 6/19/17 9:18 AM

The primary objective of the CEC is to support and expand the Chicagoland entrepreneurial ecosystem through its flagship project, 1871. For this reason, 1871 is the city’s central home to entrepreneurs, tech talent, mentors, new and growing companies, schools and universities, venture capitalists, and mature corporations as well – all important parts of what it takes to build businesses that will shape and change the future. 

University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy Launches Evening Master’s Program With 1871

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 6/6/17 3:48 PM

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy today announced the launch of the Harris Public Policy Evening Master’s Program at 1871. Students who enroll in this four quarter, part-time degree program will earn an MA in Public Policy, gaining a solid foundation in the fundamentals of data analytics, economic analysis, leadership and the strategic foundations of public policy. 

1871 Selected for Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Grant

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 6/2/17 4:14 PM

1871 was selected by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago (WBC) and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to join a cohort of organizations who will receive grant funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Blackstone Challenge is a three-year pilot program awarding up to $3 million to innovative organizations that effectively support diverse entrepreneurs and scale start-ups in the Chicago area.

1871 Member Company Peanut Butter Selected to Pitch at Google Demo Day 2017

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 5/22/17 1:20 PM

Google for Entrepreneurs announced Thursday that Peanut Butter, an 1871 member company that helps employers offer student loan assistance, will join the 2017 Google Demo Day. Peanut Butter and other companies selected from across the network will travel to the Bay Area in June to to showcase their innovative technology to investors at the event and to an international audience via a livestream.

1871 Partners with Road to Status to Provide Benefits to Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 5/19/17 3:58 PM

At 1871, it is part of our core values to provide resources and support to every single subset of our diverse community and to level the playing field for entrepreneurs so they have every ability to build their businesses successfully. Today, we are announcing a new benefit for our members that will allow themselves and their employees to deal with immigration-related issues efficiently and effectively.

Launch of Chicago Connectory, an IoT Innovation Co-Creation Space

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 5/15/17 2:33 PM

 The Chicago Connectory, an Internet of Things (IoT) innovation space in the historic Merchandise Mart, launches today as a new center for IoT co-creation in Chicago and the Midwest United States. Startup organizations, corporations and universities will collaborate at the Chicago Connectory through membership, programming and strategic partnerships to create IoT solutions and business models.

1871 Celebrates Five Years as the the Center Of Chicago’s Tech Ecosystem

Posted by: Mick Swasko on 5/2/17 2:00 PM

1871 marked its 5th birthday in Chicago Tuesday by announcing a massive celebration for the elite tech community from the city and beyond that has helped build and nourish its unique ecosystem inside The Merchandise Mart over the past half-decade.