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Yun Tai

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Profiles in Innovation: An Interview with Shima Rayej of Safe Rate

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/29/18 9:00 AM

1871 and BMO Harris Bank are proud to hold their second joint innovation program. The program provides participants with BMO mentors with various expertise, mission-essential resources across the bank, a working space at 1871 and the potential opportunity to pilot their technology with BMO Harris. To offer insight on what entrepreneurs can expect from the program, we spoke with some of its current members. This week, we talk to we talk to Shima Rayej, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Safe Rate, about the importance of perspective and how the Chicago Bulls helped her connect with one of the nation’s most prestigious banks.

Montana Butsch is Changing the Way Youth Access After-School Activities

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/25/18 9:07 AM

From soccer to tutoring to dance class to mentorship, many of today’s youth spend their after-school hours partaking in activities that will help them learn and develop new skills and build new relationships. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to after-school activities nor knows how to find specific programs of interest -- it’s an issue that Montana Butsch, Founder and CEO of Spotivity, frequently saw on the West and South sides of Chicago when running the Chicago Training Center ‘CTC’ – a non-profit he founded to bring rowing to inner city kids. Today, Montana is using his past experiences with CTC to help youth from all corners of the city find the activities that empower and inspire them. In this post, he talks about the need for greater education, the importance of community, and the significance of engagement.

Fall VentureSCALE Cohort Kicks Off with Six Powerhouse Companies

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/18/18 12:57 PM

Sales Assembly and 1871 are joining forces to enable VentureSCALE, the Midwest’s first and only sales and revenue focused accelerator, which operates exclusively out of 1871. We're excited to announce that VentureSCALE's Fall cohort launched yesterday with six amazing companies, which we've highlighted below.

Rapunzl Helps Young Adults Untangle the Stock Market

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/17/18 5:06 PM

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d share a scary thought with you -- more than half of all Americans are not currently investing in the stock market. That’s why Brian Curcio and Myles Gage developed Rapunzl, an app that teaches young adults how to invest in the stock market through simulated competitions. In this post, Curcio and Gage talk about the need for financial education, what it’s like to be a young entrepreneur, and why you always get what you give.

Rent the Great Outdoors with Erik Johnson's PrivateAcre

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/9/18 9:00 AM

Hunting, off-roading, camping -- these are just three of the many outdoor activities that you can’t do in a big city. What’s more, outdoor enthusiasts must enter long-term leases with exorbitant prices even if they’re just taking a weekend trip. Thankfully, Erik Johnson, Co-founder and President of PrivateAcre, is making it easier than ever for all of us to spend quality time in the great outdoors.

Teresa Cauvel and Sona Shah are Saving Newborns Around the World

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/3/18 9:00 AM

Globally, 2.7 million newborns die each year. It’s an unfortunate reality that is often more prevalent in developing regions and third world nations. To help combat the problem, Teresa Cauvel and Sona Shah launched Neopenda -- a medical device startup focused on emerging markets. Their first product is a device that monitors the vital signs of critically-ill newborns. In this post, they talk about where they came up with the idea for their company and why they’re working to improve medical outcomes in low-resource countries.

1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center Announce Schedule and Itinerary for the 11th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/2/18 9:00 AM

1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) are proud to host the 11th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner. The dinner will celebrate emergent technologies, leaders, and opportunities that are demonstrating change and innovation. Furthermore, five awards will be presented for outstanding contribution and impact to the Chicago Tech and entrepreneur community.

1871 and ANA Explore Global Transit Innovations with Joint Speaking Event

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/1/18 10:10 AM

1871 and All Nippon Airways (ANA) -- Japan's largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, are holding a joint speaking event titled 'Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Transportation' to discuss rapid disruption and innovation in the transportation industry. The event will take place at 1871 on October 30th.  

Want to Keep Your Employees Happy? Build a Bonfyre

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 9/25/18 10:33 AM

It’s a tough time to be a founder. With employee turnover at the highest its been in the last 10 years, more and more executives are looking for new ways to keep their staff a happy and engaged. Fortunately, Jake Bernstein -- Senior Manager of Business Development at Bonfyre -- is helping businesses from all industries build better relationships with their teams.

10 Companies to Participate in Sales Assembly's Diversity Leadership Initiative Inaugural Cohort

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 9/20/18 9:00 AM

It’s no secret that diversity is still a major issue in the tech industry. While many tech departments may suffer from a lack of inadequate diversity practices, these problems are most often felt in the sales division. That’s why Sales Assembly, in partnership with Victory Lap and 1871, is launching the Sales Assembly’s Diversity Leadership Training Initiative today.

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