Last night, 14 Latinx entrepreneurs presented their businesses in front of a packed room at 1871. After 12 weeks of hard work, each entrepreneur celebrated their graduation from the Hispanic Technology Incubator as three of our core values -- innovation, inclusion, and economic growth -- intersected to create an evening full of unforgettable moments and ideas.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by 1871 last week to record the first live episode of Chicago Stories -- his weekly podcast -- with 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. The two local titans shared their thoughts on tech, entrepreneurship, and the importance of learning from failure and from life in front of a packed audience. In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite moments and highlights from the episode.
On March 8th, 2018 -- powerful women from around the nation gathered at 1871 to participate in a full day of events, workshops, and panels that served to educate, inspire, and empower women across all industries. The event marked 1871's annual commemoration of International Women's Day and covered relevant topics for women in business such as authentic leadership, professional development, and gender equality. We've put together some highlights from the event in case you missed it, or you can follow this link to see all of the photos from this year's event.
Last night, a dozen women entrepreneurs took the stage to present their businesses in front of a packed audience at 1871. From a vacation rental cleaning service to an employee engagement platform, each entrepreneur celebrated 12 weeks of hard work, grit, and passion as they pitched their business ideas and officially graduated from our sixth WiSTEM cohort. Not to worry if you couldn't make it -- we've captured the evening's highlights right here.
When's the last time you used a rotary-dial phone? How about a VHS player? Well, you might want to add your wallet to that list -- because a growing amount of currency experts believe that cash, as we know it, is going digital. That's the topic that 'Disruption' Joe Hernandez, Founder of the Chicago Blockchain Project, tackled to wrap up our Chicago Made series.
1871 recently held its fourth Fintech Forum, presented in partnership with Capco, to showcase thought leaders in the fintech space and increase interactions between 1871 startups and corporate partners around the topic of automation. The latest Fintech Forum, held on January 19th, discussed the arrival of automation to our current workforce — is it everything that we expected it to be?
1871 is proud to partner with and host Chicago Woman -- an influential magazine and media brand that empowers women and inspires them to live their best lives at the office and at home -- for its first masterclass of the year, The Power of Positivity. Here are a few must-read takeaways on why positive thinking can help achieve positive results.
We recently held our ChiBuys Winter Tasting to much fanfare -- in just two hours, nearly 400 guests from all corners of the city joined us in our effort to support local minority and women-owned food vendors. We thought we'd share some of the event highlights in case you missed it. If you're interested in supporting our roster of diverse (and very delicious) food vendors and their communities, you can take the ChiBuys pledge.
Formerly a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL star Devon Still was recovering from multiple injuries when his daughter Leah was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer. Despite mounting odds, Still returned to the football field wearing Leah's message of hope during every game, inspiring millions around the world. Still visited 1871 to share his journey of overcoming adversity, and the entrepreneurial lessons he's learned both on and off the field.
We’re gearing up for the ChiBuys Winter Tasting and thought we'd interview participating vendors to hear their stories and preview their delicious dishes. Our ChiBuys program supports minority and women-owned food vendors in the Chicagoland area and reflects 1871’s wider efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the community. Today, we chat with Nikkita Randle, Founder of Twisted Eggroll, about how she turned her passion for cooking and entrepreneurship into a popular (and very delicious) business.