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1871 to Host First Virtual WISTEM Showcase


1871 will hold its WISTEM C10 Showcase virtually for the first time ever this July, with the customary founder pitches followed by introductions to WISTEM C11.


J Blaszczykiewicz, Marketing Director, 1871

CHICAGO (July 7, 2020) – On July 14th, 2020, 1871 will host its first virtual WISTEM Showcase, in which the founders of seven women-led startups from Cohort 10 will take the mic to pitch their ventures. The demonstrations will be followed by introductions to the newest cohort, C11, the largest and most diverse for the program yet.

Established in 2015, WISTEM exists to provide early-stage to growth-stage female founders the unfair advantages required to develop, launch, and build tech businesses faster. In addition to mentorships, curated workshops, and women-focused discussions, WISTEM participants also take part in 1871’s PYROS program.

We’re excited to announce the 7 companies participating in the C10 showcase:

Balodana connects women with custom made fashions from independent tailors and dressmakers worldwide, for personalized style & perfect fit.

Dana Todd, Founder & CEO
Nisha Katti, Co-founder

Balodana is the only clothing marketplace that inspires and perfectly fits women who want to master the art of the first impression. We represent designers and tailors worldwide who specialize in women’s made-to-measure clothing. Online shoppers choose from hundreds of custom style patterns, from underwear to evening wear, in all price ranges and categories. In an era in which consumers expect personalized experiences, tailor-made clothing is not only personal but the most sustainable way to buy new garments today.

emBorrow is a technology company, supporting a community network of anyone interested in fertility health or seeking fertility assistance.

Kati Deutschle, Co-Founder & CEO
Michael Anzola, Co-Founder & CTO

emBorrow is creating a single-source ecosystem that provides subscription video on demand, support, education, financing, and local services. Our holistic solution minimizes the significant “frictions” currently affecting the fertility health market. In everything we do, we believe that by helping women and couples take control of their fertility health, you enable them to empower their personal and professional goals. Unlike other companies in the fertility industry and the health industry overall, emBorrow has the credibility and uses proprietary technology to accelerate the growth of the multi-billion-dollar fertility health market, and wellness content industry.

Honest Game
We are your eyes on eligibility

Kim Michelson, Co-founder & CEO
Joyce Anderson, Co-founder & COO

Honest Game is a social impact business with a mission to ensure that every student has a fair and equitable opportunity to attend college. We achieve this through virtual tracking of academic eligibility in real-time for student-athletes as early as eighth grade to help them strategize, course-correct, and own their path to play college sports.

Leveled℠Pro helps homeowners and contractors improve trust and transparency during their home renovations projects by combining both payment and project management in a simple to use tool, accessible by all parties at all times.

Tiffany Griffin, Co-founder
Marvin LaBranche, Co-founder

Leveled℠Pro makes managing your home renovation projects easier. Stay in control of your projects, take advantage of flexible payment options, and monitor your projects at your convenience. Leveled℠Pro keeps you and your team up to date 24/7. Add Leveled℠Pro to your toolkit!

LifeWeb 360
Celebration and memorial scrapbooks built by your friends and family

Ali Briggs, Co-Founder & CEO
Rachele Louis, Co-Founder & COO

LifeWeb360 helps communities keep memories alive. Friends and family can create a special place to remember and celebrate the life and light of their loved one, easily sharing stories and photos which are organized into a multimedia scrapbook as a gift to the family. Memories can be built on over time or transformed into a physical book you can hold in your hands. With LifeWeb, the entire community impacted by a loss is equipped to capture the person’s essence, and to support the family in the long-term with reminders and ideas for checking in with them.

Manifest Ledger
Manifest makes consolidation of retirement accounts a breeze for people as they switch jobs.

Meenakshi Lakshmanan, Co-Founder & CTO
Anuraag Tripathi, Co-Founder & CEO

Manifest gives people an easier way to take their retirement savings with them when they switch jobs. The American workforce is evolving as the average employee switches jobs 11 times throughout their career. Every time they switch, their retirement savings are put at risk. An estimated $2T in retirement savings has been cashed out over the last 10 years. Consolidating retirement accounts today is so tedious that 89% of people who start the transfer process don't finish. Our team is building the first ever digital transfer solution for retirement accounts so employers can help their employees consolidate their retirement savings.

Tight Ship
Spend Management Advisors for Boomers+

Jill Dillingham, CEO & Founder

Tight Ship Advisors is the personal assistant that understands the business of being a senior. Pairing our one-on-one concierge service with a proprietary client dashboard, Tight Ship Advisors facilitates the flow of information between the client’s CFA, CPA, lawyer and family creating a preventative approach against fraud, abuse and errors which is critical in today’s age.

The latest cohort, C11, numbers in at 13 companies, and is the first to be entirely virtual. Startups include:

The WISTEM C10 Showcase & C11 Introduction event will take place virtually on July 14th from 4:30 ⁠— 6:30 PM CST. To attend, RSVP here.

About 1871

1871 is Chicago’s technology hub and the #1 ranked private business incubator in the world. It exists to inspire, equip, and support founders, growth-scalers and innovators in building extraordinary businesses. 1871 is home to ~450 technology startups, ~400+ growth stage companies, and ~1,500 members, and is supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. The member experience includes virtual and in person access to workshops, events, mentorship, and more. The nonprofit organization has 350 mentors available to its members, alongside access to more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and others. Since its inception in 2012, more than 650 alumni companies are currently still active, have created over 11,000 jobs, and have raised more than $1.65 billion in follow-on capital.


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