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1871 Launches New Black Founder Accelerator

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Posted by: 1871 on 1/20/21 9:34 AM

1871’s launches BLK•Tech in partnership with Verizon, an accelerator for Black entrepreneurs in the tech industry starting on February 2, 2021. 

Food Foundry Accelerator Opens Applications for Cohort 3, Seeking Companies Fueling the Future of the Food Industry

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Posted by: 1871 on 1/5/21 8:00 AM

CHICAGO (January 5, 2021) -- Relish Works, in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871, are kicking off their third cohort of Food Foundry, a growth accelerator for companies building the future of the food industry, in May 2021. Applications are now open.  

Kauffman Policy Forum Recap

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Posted by: 1871 on 12/9/20 10:08 AM

On Tuesday, December 1st, 1871 hosted the final installment in a series of six policy forums supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact on small businesses throughout the United States, we assembled a panel of leaders to discuss how federal and state policymakers can best support small business owners. Our panelists included:

1871 Extends Its Resources to the Neighborhoods of Chicago

1871 releases two new pilots, DGTL, powered by Exelon, & Small Business Initiative to support small businesses with virtual resources that enable entrepreneurs and small businesses to overcome challenges with content available anywhere, anytime.

1871's Tech Challenge Recap + Winners!

Posted by: 1871 on 10/20/20 11:05 AM

Friday, October 16th marked the success of the 11th Annual Tech Challenge event! This year was particularly exciting being the first Tech Challenge held by 1871 since the merger with ITA, and our first time putting on Tech Challenge virtually.

Momentum 2020 — That's a Wrap!

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 10/8/20 9:11 AM

The 13th Annual Momentum Awards were unlike any that we’ve ever hosted before and there is no way it could’ve happened without our fantastic attendees and sponsors. Thank you for attending the virtual show, participating in the pre-show experiences, and—most of all—for supporting 1871 and the entire Chicago tech community.

Guest Podcast: Brewed

Posted by: 1871 on 10/7/20 12:06 PM

Guest Podcaster: Brooke Bechtold

Have you ever thought something so simple as buying a coffee would significantly change a person’s life? Sound implausible? Think again.

HummbleBragg, a new Chicago-based podcast, is proud to tell the story of Curt’s Cafe in Evanston, IL. A small, but warm and inviting café, it’s a magnet and mortar to the community it serves. But more than the coffee it brews, the real mission of Curt’s Café is cultivating promise.

1871 and the CEC Announce the Winners of The 13th Annual Momentum Awards

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 10/1/20 8:09 PM

The first Momentum Awards show since the 1871 and Illinois Technology Association merger recognizes seven distinguished individuals and companies for their contributions and commitment to the Chicago technology and innovation community.

What Startup Founders Need to Know this Election Season

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Posted by: 1871 on 9/23/20 1:47 PM

By: Terri Brax, CEO, Women Tech Founders 

Aviva Rosman is co-founder and COO of BallotReady, a startup that helps voters make informed decisions down the ballot. Aviva is also the recipient of the 2017 Midwest Women in Tech Award for Social Impact.

As a pioneer in voter education, Aviva recently spoke with Women Tech Founders to discuss how startup leaders can get involved this election season and what the tech community can do to build a culture of civic engagement for the long term.

Guest Blog: Building a Creative Culture

Posted by: 1871 on 9/16/20 1:09 PM

Guest Author: Brendan Neuman

Creative enterprises start with ideas, and those ideas – initially – are brought into the world through founders and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, one person’s ideas don’t make for growing, sustainable, and agile businesses. Instead, creativity, and the value it brings to organizations, is a team effort. While every individual holds creative potential, that potential depends on an environment and culture built for creative risk taking.

Read the 1871 Blog for news about the Chicago technology and entrepreneurship community, as well as helpful tips, guides, and insights into the startup and investment world.

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