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James O'Connor, Jr. to be Named Entrepreneurial Champion at 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner

News, Events, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/2/17 12:00 PM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 announced Thursday that CEC Board Chairman James O’Connor, Jr. will be named the Entrepreneurial Champion at the 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner, held November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. This honor is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the Chicago entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Howard A. Tullman to Receive Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award at 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner

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Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 10/30/17 1:51 PM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 announced Monday that Howard A. Tullman, 1871’s outgoing CEO, will receive the first ever Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award at the 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner, held November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. This is a new honor that will periodically recognize a serial entrepreneur or businessperson who has left a significant, long-term and permanent mark on the Chicago community through his or her business and civic contributions.

Lupe Fiasco to Receive Chicagoness Award at 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/26/17 12:05 PM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 will present the third annual Chicagoness Award to Lupe Fiasco at the 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards Dinner, to be held November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The award honors individuals and businesses that exemplify the values and unique traits of the Chicago entrepreneur, which include hard work, commitment to community, inclusion and a vision that fosters collective opportunity.

Disconnect to Reconnect: "Glamping" with Google For Entrepreneurs

Events, Community
Posted by: Diana Lopez-Obaldo on 10/25/17 8:22 PM

Our amazing sponsors at Google for Entrepreneurs hosted the 5th Annual Trailblazers this past September in Santa Rosa, California, bringing leaders from around the globe who are passionate about growing entrepreneurship in their ecosystems. This year, 1871's Director of External Affairs and International Relations Diana Lopez-Obaldo, who attended and reconnected with old and new friends, shares her takeaways from the retreat.

Creepin' It Real: 1871 Marches in the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Events, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 10/24/17 10:42 PM

Home is where the heart is, and last weekend both were on Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago. Alongside a float built to resemble the iconic Merchandise Mart, the 1871 team marched in the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, a special nighttime celebration of Chicago's vast creative and cultural community hosted by LUMA8.

1871 to Partner with Apple on In-Store Event Series

News, Events
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 10/19/17 4:28 PM

To celebrate the opening of their stunning new store on Michigan Avenue on October 20, Apple has joined forces with 1871 and a handful of other select local organizations to produce Today @ Apple: The Chicago Series, a month-long set of in-store events that aim to inspire, connect, educate and support attendees in the pursuit of their creative and entrepreneurial passions.

The 1871 Fintech Forum: A Discussion of the Future of Data and Analytics

Events, Insights, Community
Posted by: Colleen Maxwell on 10/17/17 10:52 AM

1871 held its latest quarterly Fintech Forum on September 29th, in partnership with Capco, to showcase Chicago’s strongest data and analytics experts and to help create engagement between 1871 startups and corporate partners in the fintech space. Here are four key takeaways on how to use reporting information to drive insights, automation, and a competitive advantage.

Tech Community Comes out for "High Fives" at Fifth WiSTEM Showcase

Events, Community
Posted by: Mick Swasko on 10/10/17 12:46 PM

The auditorium was filled October 9 for what has become one of of 1871’s signature events -- the WiSTEM Showcase. Thirteen women-led companies took the stage to pitch their businesses and showcase their success after 12 weeks of intense workshops, mentorship and programming.

TIMMY Awards Celebrate the Workplaces that Drive Innovation

News, Events, Community
Posted by: Mick Swasko on 9/25/17 10:47 AM

It was appropriate the 3rd annual Chicago TIMMY Awards were held on a day of record breaking heat. Some of Chicago’s hottest, most talented and innovative companies gathered for the Tech in Motion TIMMY Awards at 1871 September 22, packing an energetic Auditorium. The awards recognize the best places for tech professionals to work in Chicago -- from companies that excel at embracing diversity to businesses with visionary leaders.

No Bu!!S@*!: Human Resources Rethought as DisruptHR visits 1871

Events, Insights
Posted by: 1871 on 9/20/17 2:47 PM

On September 13, more than 300 human resources professionals and business leaders gathered at 1871 to witness disruption in motion. DisruptHR Chicago, a non-profit organization which aims to disrupt the human resources event industry and help reimagine the HR function, brought together some of the boldest and most imaginative minds to the stage for a rapid-fire, ignite-style evening of stimulating presentations that challenged the tired and outdated practices HR professionals face on a daily basis.

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