FUND Conference returns to Michigan Avenue on October 25th in support of early stage companies and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. If you’re looking to meet active investors, make valuable connections, and learn from prominent business leaders, FUND Conference is the event to attend this fall! FUND connects growing businesses across all industries with accredited investors from over 25 states.
Whether entrepreneurship is your main calling or just a side hustle, we understand how tough it can be to launch and run your own company. If you have a great business idea, but don’t know where to start, then make sure you check out Groundwork -- our free public workshop series that covers everything you need to know to start your own business.
Through a partnership with VentureSCALE, the Midwest’s first and only sales and revenue focused accelerator will operate exclusively out of 1871.
Recently, 1871 had the pleasure of speaking with a group of entrepreneurial third graders at Lincoln Elementary School in River Forest, Illinois. The conversation, captured in a podcast, features a Q&A session between Mrs. Karrin Burns’ third grade class and 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler.
1871 announced Friday the release of its 2017 Annual Report. The Annual Report — which is full of stories and statistics — illustrates the ways in which 1871 expanded opportunities for Chicago's entrepreneurial community in calendar year 2017.
1871 is proud to announce a renewal of its long-standing partnership with MillerCoors, a leading brewery company headquartered right here in Chicago. This collaboration will provide support for 1871's veteran, minority, and women entrepreneurs.
1871 is excited to announce a new partnership with the Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group (EPWNG), a member network of professional women in the Chicagoland area. The partnership will expand resources for professional women within 1871's community.
1871 is excited to announce the 12 incoming companies that will make up the seventh cohort of WiSTEM, an accelerator program that connects women entrepreneurs to capital, community, and technology resources.