1871 is all about bringing the Chicago ecosystem together to support and grow the startup community, and there is no better example of that same effort then in what Troy Henikoff, Sam Yagan, and Excelerate have built over the last 3 summers. I remember when there was talk of an “accelerator” program in Chicago and many folks were skeptical, but a small group of leaders got it done and it’s only improved each year! Ranked the #3 accelerator in the country by Forbes, Excelerate just graduated an incredible class of 10 startups from around the country and the globe. Wednesday was Demo Day at the House of Blues and the presentations by the graduating companies were amazing – the clear result of excellent coaches and mentoring help over the last 3 months. Here’s a run-down of the 10 startups for you to check out:
The startup presentations were complemented by two exceptional keynotes – the great national leader of startup ecosystems, Brad Feld of TechStars and Foundry Group and Phil Wickham, President of the Kauffman Fellows Program. Thanks to both of them for sharing their knowledge and support for Chicago’s momentum.
We at 1871 are proud to have Excelerate as a partner and congratulate them on another successful year. We can’t wait to see the next class in Summer 2013!