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Meet the 12 Companies of WiSTEM C6

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/28/17 12:30 PM

Today we kick off the sixth cohort of WiSTEM, the 1871 accelerator program that has graduated five cohorts, supported 64 companies and 72 individual women, and raised more than $10 million in capital collectively since the program’s inception in Fall of 2015. 

1871 Launches Digital Platform 1871.Live

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/20/17 12:04 PM

Today marks the official launch of 1871.Live, a new streaming platform that will bring more than 17,000 hours of entrepreneurial and business-focused educational programming to multiple community center partners across the city. 1871 is one of eight community organizations awarded a grant by ChicagoNEXT and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation for the 2017 Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurial Challenge.

1871 in the Wild: The UNIQLO Store

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/16/17 2:25 PM

This month, 1871 launched a three-month partnership with UNIQLO, a popular global fashion retailer located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, featuring in-store displays by five incredible 1871 member companies. We visited the store this week with a few of our participating entrepreneurs to get the scoop.

1871 Launches Advanced Member Program (AMP) for Later-Stage, Scaling Companies

Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/15/17 11:17 AM

Today, 1871  launches the 1871 Advanced Member Program (AMP), a program geared toward later-stage companies which are scaling and have reached specific industry benchmarks determined by 1871. This is 1871’s latest offering to ensure the best and brightest companies are supported with resources relevant to their stage of growth. 

Are You Doing Enough for Your Newbies?

News, Insights
Posted by: Howard A. Tullman on 11/14/17 12:00 PM

Throwing your new hire into the fire without sufficient training is often seen as a rite of passage. But that's short-sighted and often costly, to both the employee and the company. 

1871 Offers New Perk Through Keeper Security

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/10/17 12:12 PM

1871 now offers password and asset security services provided by Keeper Security at a discounted rate for one year to all 1871 members, the most recent addition to a growing list of business perks available to our community.

1871 WiSTEM Program Wins 2017 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/9/17 4:21 PM

WiSTEM, 1871’s accelerator program for women-founded businesses, will be receiving a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration for the second year in a row through the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. WiSTEM is one of 20 programs nationally to receive a grant totaling $1 million combined.

The Difference Engine Makes 1871 Its Home Base

News, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/8/17 2:53 PM

1871 will provide meeting space to The Difference Engine as part of a new ongoing partnership which aims to help facilitate training and valuable connections for developers with non-traditional backgrounds. The Difference Engine, founded by 1871 member and WiSTEM alum Kimberly Lowe-Williams, is a non-profit with a mission of helping women, minorities, and older career changers take pre-existing tech skills and transform them into coding careers. 

1871 to Commence Three-Month Partnership with Global Apparel and Lifestyle Brand UNIQLO

Posted by: 1871 on 11/8/17 9:58 AM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 are thrilled to announce that 1871 will be one of three Chicago institutions to partner with global apparel retailer UNIQLO, with visual displays from five innovative and design-forward 1871 member companies to launch inside the brand’s three-story, 60,000 square-foot flagship store on Michigan Avenue.

Chicago Tech Community Celebrates the Power of 10X Thinking at the 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner

News, Events, Community
Posted by: Vanessa Yeh on 11/6/17 10:16 AM

Last Thursday evening November 2, more than 1000 of the Chicago tech and entrepreneurial community's best and brightest gathered together to celebrate the landmark 10th Annual Momentum Awards Dinner, hosted by 1871 and Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). The evening culminated in the presentation of six awards to deserving leaders and companies that have made major contributions to the city’s tech ecosystem.  

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