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Boldly Growing the Good: Women in Fintech

Members, Women, BMO Harris Bank
Posted by: 1871 on 5/6/20 4:47 PM

Guest Author: Ben Schack, Head of Digital Partnerships at BMO Harris Bank

On April 27th, we announced the launch of WMNFINtech: A Women in FINtech Initiative by 1871 and BMO Harris Bank. This is the fourth collaboration for BMO Harris and 1871, and the first time we have focused exclusively on US-based companies with a woman founder or cofounder.

Guest Blog: 3 Considerations While Selecting Cybersecurity Coverage

Posted by: 1871 on 4/29/20 11:42 AM

Guest Author: Aon

As entrepreneurial and growth-stage business communities grapple with the virtual workplace and remote work styles, connectivity has become necessary lifelines for business to continue in a pandemic environment. The heightened reliance upon technology escalates cyber security considerations and brings increased focus on the scope of cyber insurance and professional liability coverages in a dynamic global insurance market.

5 Reasons Not to Miss ScaleUp Chicago 2020

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 4/29/20 9:00 AM

ScaleUp Chicago is a spring conference that brings the tech community together to learn, connect, and share stories. This year, 1871 + ITA are virtually hosting the fourth annual ScaleUp Chicago event on Tuesday, May 19th. We’ll be bringing the best professional development resources and networking to you at home!

BMO Harris Bank and 1871 Launch WMN•FINtech, Women’s Fintech Program

PYROS, Women, BMO Harris Bank
Posted by: J Blaszczykiewicz on 4/28/20 11:06 AM


Kathleen Szot, Corporate Communications Manager, BMO Harris Bank,

J Blaszczykiewicz, Director of Marketing, 1871,

Women-led fintech startups from across the U.S. can apply through May 11

Guest Blog: Find Your Obsession, The World Needs It

Posted by: 1871 on 4/22/20 11:34 AM

Guest Author: Travis Claytor, President & Owner, TC Strategic Communications

It’s safe to say that although we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the way that we operate and how we accomplish even the simplest of tasks has been forever changed. Our lives are changing, business is evolving, and the way we connect with people across the globe will never be the same. Most people are working from home, balancing a crazy schedule as personal and professional lines blur.

Kauffman Policy Forum: #EachforEqual in STEM Education Policy

Kauffman Foundation
Posted by: Stephanie Lazarus on 4/17/20 5:16 PM

On Tuesday, March 17th, 1871 hosted its first-ever virtual Policy Forum powered by the Kauffman Foundation. The topic of this Forum was the role of STEM education in building a diverse future workforce. We brought together a panel of leaders with varying perspectives on the education system including:

Advice from Founders: How to Handle Extended Remote Work

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 4/2/20 10:01 AM


Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, your company may have mandated that you work from home for the time being. Though you’re probably not new to remote work, this situation is a bit different: we have no idea when we will be back in the office and, in the meantime, we can’t work anywhere but from within our homes.

1871 is Virtual!

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 3/27/20 11:02 AM

The 1871 team is sending our very best wishes to you across Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an upheaval of daily life for most everyone across the world and we’re all in this together.

Contribute a Guest Blog

Community, 1871
Posted by: Nisha Katti on 3/25/20 11:54 AM

During this time of change, we’re looking to bolster the ways the 1871 community is adjusting and engaging one another as founders, members, and partners. To support these goals, we are looking for experts to share their expertise via guest blog post submissions!

mHUB, MATTER and 1871 Join Forces to Mobilize Tech Community Around Solutions to COVID-19


Melissa Lederer, Chief Experience Officer, mHUB

Liz Kennedy, Marketing Manager, MATTER

J Blaszczykiewicz, Director of Marketing, 1871

1871 and Chicagoland-based Discover partner to put on a full day of female-focused programming for International Women’s Day this March. The event at 1871 kicks off a month of events dedicated to women in tech.

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