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Black History Month: Chicago Organizations Doing the Work Every Day

1871 is dedicated to helping provide pathways to innovation for disinvested communities and any entities doing so on a day-to-day basis are inspirations to us. 

This Black History Month, we would like to highlight some of Chicago's community organizations that are doing the work of supporting black businesses and business owners every day of the year!

Our friends at organizations such as West Side Forward, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Business School, and Teamwork Englewood may all have different ways of doing it, but ensuring that diverse entrepreneurs and communities are flourishing is central to the fabric of each of these organizations.

West Side Forward

1871 & Discover Co-Host International Women's Day

Events, IWD, Women
Posted by: J Blaszczykiewicz on 2/18/20 2:44 PM


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1871 and mHUB Announce Official Partnership

mHUB, membership
Posted by: Nisha Katti on 1/27/20 4:37 PM

1871, the world’s #1 private business incubator, and mHUB, the nation’s largest and fastest growing physical product innovation center make partnership official, offer members of both entrepreneurial centers access to reciprocal memberships.

Relish Works’ “Food Foundry” Accelerator Program for Innovative Foodservice Startups Launches Second Cohort

Food Foundry
Posted by: J Blaszczykiewicz on 12/17/19 9:33 AM

Relish Works, in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871, commences their second cohort of The Food Foundry with seven finalists who will begin an accelerator program unique to the foodservice industry.

Beyond The Rhetoric | Kauffman Policy Forum Recap

Kauffman Foundation
Posted by: Stephanie Lazarus on 12/12/19 12:42 PM

On Wednesday, November 20th, 1871 hosted its fourth in a series of six policy forums supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The topic of this particular forum, broadly speaking, was changing the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion in policy work. 


Community, Members, PYROS
Posted by: J Blaszczykiewicz on 11/20/19 8:55 AM

1871’s latest initiative - entitled “PYROS” - provides member companies and founders with multi-stage, tailored resources, tools, mentors, workshops, curriculum, and peer groups based on their startups’ business development needs.

1871 Becomes #1 Private Business Incubator In the World

The Best Programs in the World have Been Announced at the World Incubation Summit in Doha, Qatar; 1871 takes home two distinct awards: World #1 Private Business Incubator and Most Promising - Women Founders.

The Unanticipated Upside of Meeting Widely and Giving Unconditionally

Food Foundry
Posted by: 1871 on 10/15/19 3:27 PM

The Food Foundry is a Chicago-based accelerator program by Relish Works designed to support, connect, and propel innovative startups who are rethinking the food industry. 86 Repairs was a member of Cohort 1.

PRESS RELEASE: BMO HARRIS / 1871 Innovation Program Announce Winners for Their Third Annual Mentorship Program

Posted by: Adam Arcus on 10/2/19 2:47 PM

BMO Harris Bank and 1871 announced the three winners from the BMO Harris/1871 Innovation Program. 

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