1871 http://www.1871.com Where digital startups get their start Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:06:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1871 TO HOST WEEK-LONG CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP BY MICROSOFT VENTURES http://www.1871.com/1871-to-host-week-long-customer-development-workshop-by-microsoft-ventures/ http://www.1871.com/1871-to-host-week-long-customer-development-workshop-by-microsoft-ventures/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:57:41 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=11317 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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1871 TO HOST WEEK-LONG CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP BY MICROSOFT VENTURES 

Twelve Companies will Benefit from Direct Tutelage and Immersive Experience with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tel Aviv Managing Director 

 

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015)—1871 will welcome Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tel Aviv Managing Director Hanan Lavy this week to conduct a four-day workshop on customer development for twelve startup companies working out of 1871. Lavy’s workshop will focus on operational and strategic management and marketing plans for customer acquisition.

1871 and Microsoft Ventures launched their partnership in early 2014 to provide development opportunities for 1871 member startups. Access to technology, mentorship, and programming such as the upcoming customer development workshop are some of the resources Microsoft Ventures provides to early-stage entrepreneurs to help them build strong businesses and improve their prospects for success.

“The primary goal of 1871 is to help Chicago’s top digital entrepreneurs succeed in creating sustainable businesses that have a strong impact on Chicago and the world,” said 1871 CEO, Howard A. Tullman. “By collaborating with industry experts like Hanan Lavy, we are able to provide specialized programming opportunities that deliver meaningful    long-term benefits to our member companies. We are thrilled that he’s coming to 1871 to work with our companies.”

“Our focus is to help entrepreneurs build great companies,” said Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tel Aviv Managing Director Hanan Lavy. “1871 is a startup hub that embodies Chicago’s natural drive to innovate in the digital age. Leveraging partnerships like this, we are able to provide direct support to the best entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world.”

1871 additionally worked closely with the accelerators housed at its facility to select the final group of startups.

  • Carzell, an online car auction service that provides sellers with the highest offer of the purchase of their vehicles
  • Kahoots, a phone app that helps build stronger networks without more social networking
  • Quick2Launch, a software that helps corporations develop visually compelling   presentations
  • Digital Ground Up, an interactive technology platform that teaches digital    marketing through short online experiential courses
  • ParkNav, a technology for street parking which helps drivers reduce the time spent searching for available parking spots
  • Breaking Voices, a social news broadcasting engine that socially aggregates real-time breaking news in your immediate area
  • Double Helix Group, a platform for convenient and affordable access to online  medical treatment and self-managed wellness programs
  • Pangea Universal Holdings Inc., a money transfer platform and mobile application that enables transfers from the US to Mexico for fees up to 75% less  than traditional services
  • Starchup, a web and mobile application that enables laundry businesses to operate an efficient delivery service
  • Web Force 1, a Microsoft Cloud Partner that specializes in delivering cloud solutions to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and government agencies
  • RideScout, a mobile application that helps its users get from point A to point B faster and smarter
  • CondoGrade, a software that supports smaller condominium associations

In addition to the boot camp, Microsoft has also been an active sponsor of events at

1871. Most recently, they hosted an info session for their Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Seattle program focused on digital work , where some 1871 companies, as well as others, had the opportunity to pitch their business concepts. Microsoft is also a leading partner of 1871 in working toward fostering diversity at the digital business incubator.

 

About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs,  Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media.

About Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Working with startups at every stage of maturity, the initiative provides the tools, resources, and expertise startups need to succeed.

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CITY OF CHICAGO TREASURER KURT SUMMERS VISITS 1871 TO MEET WITH MEMBER COMPANIES http://www.1871.com/city-of-chicago-treasurer-kurt-summers-visits-1871-to-meet-with-member-companies-2/ http://www.1871.com/city-of-chicago-treasurer-kurt-summers-visits-1871-to-meet-with-member-companies-2/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:57:36 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=11295 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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CITY OF CHICAGO TREASURER KURT SUMMERS VISITS 1871 TO MEET WITH MEMBER COMPANIES

City Treasurer holds a roundtable discussion with a group of 1871 member startup companies as part of his 77 in 77 project.

Chicago (Jan. 26, 2015)—1871 welcomed recently-appointed City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers for a roundtable discussion with a group of entrepreneurs whose companies are based at 1871. The purpose of this discussion was to identify unique investment opportunities in their specific industries. The Treasurer’s visit to the technology business incubator in The   Merchandise Mart is part of his 77 in 77 project in which he is visiting all 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods during the first 77 days of his new position.

“The primary goal of 1871 is to foster the development of the innovative new tech businesses that are crucial drivers of Chicago’s job and economic growth,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We think there are many opportunities to connect our businesses and the efforts being undertaken at City Hall. We are excited to facilitate this conversation between Treasurer Summers and members of Chicago’s rapidly growing tech industry and look forward to a continued, fruitful relationship.”

Summers was sworn in as City Treasurer on December 1 with a 90-day action plan, in which he has identified a number of opportunities to secure the financial future of the city. The plan focuses on driving responsible and active investment to Chicago neighborhoods and local entrepreneurial businesses. According to Summers, there are a significant amount of investment opportunities in the city and his plan will guide the efforts of the Treasurer’s office.

“My mission is to effectively utilize and mobilize our financial capital while investing in the type of economic development that can impact every neighborhood in Chicago,” said Treasurer Summers. “Companies at 1871 are helping build the next generation of Chicago’s economy, which will keep our city vibrant and competitive for generations to come. I am excited to work with Howard and the team at 1871 to extend the organization’s reach to every neighborhood in the city of Chicago.”

Summers is committed to creating open-communication channels with residents and entrepreneurs across the city by visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods within 77 days.

1871 startup companies who participated in the discussion were:

  • Stock Trend Spotter, a software that helps people take control of their investments by suggesting trending stocks based on personal preference
  • Quid, a platform that helps entrepreneurs find funding for their projects in less than 24 hours
  • Brewed in Chicago, a social network for Chicago beer lovers
  • School Loan 411, a company that offers financial services to individual borrowers, educational institutions, and private lenders
  • Kahoots, a mobile app that helps build stronger networks
  • Bad Testing, a company that offers software testing consulting services
  • Youtopia, a company that utilizes digital badges and gamification to engage students
  • DreamHighr, a software application that uses optimized matching algorithms and data mining to match jobseekers to relevant job openings
  • GuardLlama, a mobilized personal security system that summons police assistance directly to its carrier with the simple click of a button
  • ONeill Contractors, Inc., a veteran-owned commercial contractor that specializes in flat low-pitched roofs and water-proofing
  • SHIFT, a donation platform that provides financial solutions to unbanked women around the world via group savings and mobile money services
  • Alligator Games, a company that creates gaming applications for children
  • ThinkCERCA, a digital platform that helps students build college and career readiness skills
  • Breakwater Chicago, an entertainment startup focused on the design, development and operation of floating entertainment complexes

Quid, Stock Trend Spotter, DreamHighr, and ONeill Contractors, Inc. are member companies of The Bunker, the nation’s first veteran-focused incubator, which is based out of 1871. “In October 2014 we launched The Bunker knowing that our partnership with 1871 would give us an opportunity to have a positive impact in society by leveraging the strengths and entrepreneurial will of veterans in the tech community,” said The Bunker CEO Todd Connor. “Having these companies engaging in a roundtable discussion with the City Treasurer to talk about the economic challenges and opportunities in their industries is proof that we are making great progress toward these goals.”

About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media.

 

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1871 Member Georama Announces Partnership to Provide Virtual Adventures at Lurie Children’s Hospital http://www.1871.com/1871-member-georama-announces-partnership-to-provide-virtual-adventures-to-lurie-childrens-hospital/ http://www.1871.com/1871-member-georama-announces-partnership-to-provide-virtual-adventures-to-lurie-childrens-hospital/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:44:17 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=11237 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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1871 MEMBER GEORAMA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE VIRTUAL ADVENTURES AT ANN & ROBERT H. LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO

CHICAGO (January 20, 2015)Georama, a company that helps people virtually experience a destination in real time via a guide, joined Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital today in a partnership that will create virtual adventures to be broadcast throughout the hospital.

“Our technology has the potential to make a big social impact by providing experiences for those who are physically or financially unable to be somewhere,” said Nihal Advani, Founder and CEO of Georama. “Lurie Children’s is known for being an innovative organization that already has a dedicated Children’s Services team that creates programming for patients and their families, and this enhances those opportunities.”

Georama began working with Lurie Children’s last month when they produced a live virtual tour of Christkindlmarket Chicago. Working with Christkindlmarket organizers and their market mascot, Christkind, Georama facilitated a full tour of the market that featured Christkind showing the children each area of the market and interacting with vendors from toy shops, food stalls, sweets stores and souvenir shops. Christkindlmarket Chicago donated crowns and “passport” activity books for the children to use during the event.

“Since many of our patients cannot leave their hospital rooms, we were able to broadcast the tour ‘live’ via our in-house TV station, Skylight TV, so everyone could participate,” said Susan Ruohonen, Director of Children’s Services. “We also see this as an educational tool for our patients and their families, and look forward to hosting several of these events throughout the year.”

Georama is a member of 1871, an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. “Members throughout 1871 are committed not only to creating financially successful companies, but also to creating companies that make a difference in the community,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We look forward to seeing the ongoing opportunities for local children that Georama will create with their technology.”

About Georama

Georama’s Vicarious Experiences technology allows people to virtually explore a destination in real-time via a guide. A guide using Georama’s technology (which is packaged into a light backpack) can live stream their point of view from a wearable camera to viewers around the world in a highly stable HD stream, while moving around freely even in poor network conditions. Viewers can watch the stream live and interact with the guide in real-time to ask questions and make suggestions, thereby controlling the experience to create a personalized tour. Georama currently licenses its technology to tourism organizations, hotels, venues and educational institutions.

About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Loyola University Chicago and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media.

 

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Guest Blog: Profile on Starter League’s Neal Sales-Griffin http://www.1871.com/guest-blog-profile-on-starter-leagues-neal-sales-griffin/ http://www.1871.com/guest-blog-profile-on-starter-leagues-neal-sales-griffin/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:10:18 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=11212 This is a guest blog by Melodie Tang of BeLikePeter.com. To view the original post, visit http://belikepeter.com/neal-sales-griffin-starter-league/.

 

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Neal Sales-Griffin is the CEO and co-founder of Starter League, a first-of-kind innovative and immersive programming school in Chicago.  For Neal, the motivation, journey and vision of Starter League is not just about teaching people to code – it’s about solving meaningful problems, helping people find happiness and making a positive impact. He believes that you can learn how to code (as he did) and that it will enable you to achieve big things.

On developing his point of view and mission statement:

Growing up, Neal thought the most important problem to solve was making money. However, while studying at Northwestern, he began to develop a different point of view and mantra for how he wanted to approach life. “It’s not because I’m trying to make money. That’s not what’s driving me anymore. I came to this aha moment. I realized that for me it was about happiness – I wanted to enjoy my life and I derived the most happiness when helping people. I enjoyed most of what I did when I was doing something that added value to other folks in the world.”

 “Once i knew that, I just became very committed to figuring that out every step of the way. I refused to settle by doing something that only felt half right or not right.”

Wake up and ask yourself, ‘What are you doing today?’ Are you on a path where you are inspiring others and enabling others to to be more awesome at whatever they’re trying to do? If not, time to move on. If so, keep plugging away.”

On – why software?:

While in college, he took a job as an analyst for a venture capital firm. He helped assess businesses looking for investors and realized that the majority of the companies were software based. He felt ignorant and frustrated that he was making recommendations about companies that he didn’t fully understand. “That’s the important part (product development). You can’t just skip that part. That wasn’t good enough for me.”

“End to end, I wanted to understand it because I knew that a better product and better value can be brought to people if we understand the end to end process. Once I realized that was the missing piece for me, I decided to drop everything. That’s what led me to software.”

On challenges in software development and startups:

What comes naturally to Neal is identifying problems to solve. “There’s no fear that I’m not going to have something meaningful to work on. Honestly, there’s too much. There’s so much about the world that can be improved and made better.”

“I’m not going to run out of opportunities to pursue things to make better. I feel like I’ve unlocked some secret that’s hiding in plain sight.”

“The hardest part is actually figuring out how to apply it to something of value. Not just coming up with an idea, but actually producing the solution in a way that accomplishes the goal and produces the outcome the person you’re trying to help ultimately wants. That’s the part I’ve been obsessing over”

 “I think too many people are focused on the superficial aspects of being in this space. I think there’s something deeper that’s more important – are you charged up by what you’re doing, so that no matter the solution, you’ll stay committed to the problem?”

On Mike as his co-founder:

Throughout past jobs and interactions, Neal confesses that sometimes he “felt like an alien.”

“I’ve developed a set of beliefs about all of this in my life and I found it hard for a lot of people to understand. That’s why I formed a small group of people to interact with – to challenge me, to challenge them and to confide in with these ideas”.

Among this group of confidants and like-minded individuals is his co-founder, Mike McGee. “We had a number of people involved along the way, but Mike and I ended up emerging from the smoke as partners and co-founders. I’m really lucky to have Mike. He’s one of the few people that I’ve worked with in my life who is not only able to match, but even exceed my energy and work ethic. We also have very similar values – they’re very much aligned. That value alignment is the most crucial part of having a partner.”

On why Chicago is special:

“I love Chicago because the culture is still malleable. Chicago is still trying to figure it out and battling different ideas. I’m very interested in being a part of that – of contributing and helping figure that out. I’ve always been interested in shaping culture. I think of some of the stuff I’ve shared with you this morning, and those are some of the beliefs I’d like to share with more people. I’d like more businesses to be created with those values mind – helping people, solving problems, being fulfilled everyday because you’re pursuing your own happiness which is derived from helping others. That’s what I want Chicago to be.”

On most memorable moment:

“That’s tough because I operate in the now. What’s most exciting to me right now is what I’m about to do in 30 minutes – work with those students. If I step outside that for a second, I’d say the opportunity that I had to connect with and befriend the wonderful team over at Basecamp. That meant a lot to me. I can’t believe it happened. It is cool that somebody that I idolized has indicated to me that he believes in me – in what I’m doing, in what we’re doing as a team and why we’re doing it.”

On why Starter League over other opportunities:

Neal had the opportunity to go to Uruguay and work for a company while learning how to code and also was given a job offer to work on the Obama campaign. He turned both of these down to create Starter League. “It boiled down to what’s the most meaningful thing we could be doing right now. What are we in the most unique position to contribute? I knew there were people out there who probably felt the way I felt. They were wrestling with ideas in their heads but felt limited because they couldn’t express what they wanted to make and turn it into something real.”

“Our intention is to give people a set of skills along with identifying the intrinsic motivation that allows them to continue growing and developing outside our walls and to make sure what they’re learning is applied to ideas that make the world move forward in a positive way.”

In closing, Neal offers some simple advice on learning and self-improvement – “I  just do things. I try to do things I don’t know how to do. That’s how you learn. It’s nothing complicated.”

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1871 to Partner with Flatiron to Provide Coding Classes for High School Students http://www.1871.com/1871-to-partner-with-flatiron-to-provide-coding-classes-for-high-school-students/ http://www.1871.com/1871-to-partner-with-flatiron-to-provide-coding-classes-for-high-school-students/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:54:43 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=11060 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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1871 TO PARTNER WITH FLATIRON TO PROVIDE CODING CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Flatiron Pre-College Academy at 1871 extends coding programs to high school students; Scholarships available for students to receive training in web and mobile development

CHICAGO AND NEW YORK CITY (December 19, 2014)— 1871 and The Flatiron School, New York City’s premier school for web and mobile development, announced today a partnership that will offer coding courses to high school students in Chicago. Flatiron School’s Pre-College Academy at 1871 will be the first instance where a Flatiron program has operated in Chicago, and aims to give local students fluency with technology and inspire them to explore their own passions with code.

“Through our expanding set of educational opportunities and programs targeted specifically at young students, 1871 is constantly investing in the next generation of technology talent,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “1871’s partnership with The Flatiron School adds another important resource to our effort to create a direct pipeline to careers in high-tech entrepreneurship for students in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. We are committed to showing students from all areas of the city that they have the ability to play an important role in the technology community.”

Students enrolled in Flatiron Pre-College Academy will learn to use the same tools as professional developers. The curriculum is based on Flatiron School’s rigorous Web Development Immersive—known for helping its adult graduates launch careers at companies like The New York Times, Etsy, and Kickstarter. Flatiron School graduates are now employed as software engineers at notable companies including Makerbot, the Wall Street Journal, JCrew and more with an average starting salary of $74,000. Like Flatiron School’s adult students, the Pre-College Academy students will work together to build and launch web applications using tools like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby.

“1871 is the hub of the startup ecosystem in Chicago and was our ideal partner from the beginning,” said Adam Enbar, the CEO of the Flatiron School. “The Flatiron Pre-College Academy courses provide local students with critical skills for working in the technology industry, and we can’t wait to work with 1871 to help educate the next generation of tech leaders in Chicago.”

Students in Flatiron Pre-College Academy at 1871 will have the option of joining up to four full-time sessions beginning in June 2015. All sessions are two weeks long and run Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Scholarships will be available to support students from underrepresented groups in the technology community or with demonstrated financial need. To register for the program visit: https://precollege.flatironschool.com/summer-2015/Chicago.

The Flatiron Pre-College Academy is the latest addition to 1871’s ongoing initiative to create a direct pipeline to careers in technology and entrepreneurship for students across Chicago. Earlier this year, 1871 sponsored the ComEd Icebox Derby, a science and technology program created to empower girls to explore STEM subjects by designing, building, and racing cars crafted from recycled refrigerators. Additionally, 1871 recently partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create a next-generation “tech toolkit” to be distributed to neighborhood schools, which will help students understand the basics of entrepreneurship and technology development.

About Flatiron

Over the past two years, The Flatiron School has prepared nearly 350 adults to build web and mobile applications in just twelve weeks. Most students began the program with little technical background and quickly became market-ready developers. Flatiron Pre-College Academy is designed to show motivated high school students that programming is more than the mechanics of writing code.  It is a collaborative, creative endeavor that can help them do whatever it is they love. For more information about Flatiron School please visit: http://www.FlatironSchool.com.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney Talks 1871, Chicago Entrepreneurship http://www.1871.com/grubhub-ceo-matt-maloney-talks-1871-chicago-entrepreneurship/ http://www.1871.com/grubhub-ceo-matt-maloney-talks-1871-chicago-entrepreneurship/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:28:49 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10954 During this year’s Chicago Venture Summit, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney shared his thoughts on Chicago’s entrepreneurial community and how 1871 can be ... » Continue]]> During this year’s Chicago Venture Summit, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney shared his thoughts on Chicago’s entrepreneurial community and how 1871 can be a vital resource to the city’s entrepreneurs. Watch a selection of his talk below:

 

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1871 Welcomes Leading College Fashion Media Platform CollegeFashionista as a Member http://www.1871.com/1871-welcomes-leading-college-fashion-media-platform-collegefashionista-as-a-member/ http://www.1871.com/1871-welcomes-leading-college-fashion-media-platform-collegefashionista-as-a-member/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:43:28 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10909 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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1871 WELCOMES LEADING COLLEGE FASHION MEDIA PLATFORM COLLEGEFASHIONISTA AS A MEMBER

CollegeFashionista, an online media platform focused on college fashion, opens second office in 1871 space; Builds connection with innovative college students around the nation.

CHICAGO (December 4, 2014)—1871 announced today that CollegeFashionista, an online media platform form focusing on the latest styles, trends and activities on university campuses around the world, has opened its Chicago office at 1871. The company, which was launched in 2009 by Long Grove, Illinois-native Amy Levin, will have several employees based in 1871’s reserved membership space.

“We are excited to welcome the locally-grown CollegeFashionista to 1871 as they return to Chicago,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We look forward to helping the CollegeFashionista team develop their business as they support student entrepreneurs and foster innovation throughout the fashion industry.”

CollegeFashionista features more than 1,500 undergraduate student contributors each semester who photograph and write posts documenting fashion trends at more than 500 universities across 27 countries. The concept of the site is to give young adults a medium through which they can experience the latest college trends and where their unique eye for fashion, photography and self-expression can be showcased.

“As a Chicago native, having a presence in the Windy City has always been extremely important to me personally and for the future of CollegeFashionista,” said CollegeFashionista Founder and Creative Director Amy Levin. “There is no better place than 1871 for entrepreneurs and I am looking forward to big growth opportunities in 2015 by being located in such a dynamic, innovative space.”

With the official opening of its Chicago location, CollegeFashionista will have direct access to more than a quarter of a million college students in and around Chicago. The company will also be able to utilize and expand upon 1871’s relationships with major Chicago universities. The Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, DeVry Education Group and Northwestern University all have dedicated spaces at 1871 where students and faculty come to work on their businesses and immerse themselves in Chicago’s entrepreneurial community.

1871 helps facilitate a number of efforts focused on attracting and retaining talent from current college students and recent graduates, including the growing range of ThinkChicago programs. Each year, 1871 also holds the Chicago College Startup Competition, which awards ten full-time memberships to college startup businesses. CollegeFashionista’s growing connection to university students will help 1871 create meaningful opportunities for more students in Chicago and around the world.

About CollegeFashionista

CollegeFashionista.com is an online media platform for those who are passionate about the latest fashion styles, trends and happening on university campuses. CollegeFashionista allows students and other young adults to view photographs of what their peers are wearing at college campuses around the world and gain valuable insight and tips on how to incorporate these looks into their own college fashion wardrobes. The website features columns written by hundreds of people, with a spectrum of fashion views, all attending universities across the world. These are CollegeFashionista’s “Style Gurus,” who contribute articles and photos capturing the latest in collegiate women’s and men’s fashion, accessories, beauty, dorm décor and more.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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1871 to Host Demo Day for Colombian IT Companies as International Efforts Continue to Grow http://www.1871.com/1871-to-host-demo-day-for-colombian-it-companies-as-international-efforts-continue-to-grow/ http://www.1871.com/1871-to-host-demo-day-for-colombian-it-companies-as-international-efforts-continue-to-grow/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10805 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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1871 TO HOST DEMO DAY FOR COLOMBIAN IT COMPANIES AS INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS CONTINUE TO GROW

Colombian IT companies complete TerraBridge Internationalization Project Boot Camp with a Demo Day at 1871; Fifteen companies are latest international visitors to world’s leading technology hub.

CHICAGO (November 22, 2014)—1871 has hosted fifteen Colombian IT firms at The Merchandise Mart over the past two weeks as part of the TerraBridge Internationalization Project Boot Camp, a program designed to give technology businesses from emerging markets the skills and resources to expand into the United States through Chicago and 1871. The program concludes on November 21 with a Demo Day at 1871, which will allow the companies to showcase their innovative products and services to the Chicago entrepreneurial, technology, business and investment communities.

We are excited to host the Colombian firms at 1871, and look forward to seeing their progress as they expand their businesses in the United States,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “1871 is constantly focused on strengthening our international presence in the technology community. With our growing range of international visitors and partnerships, 1871 is advancing Chicago as the point-of-entry to the US market for global technology companies.”

The TerraBridge Internationalization Boot Camp is produced in partnership with Proexport Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication. The program teaches foreign companies the skills they need to network, find clients and create partnerships to speed and smooth their entry into the US market. Week one focuses on soft skills and cultural lessons on the business norms specific to the technology world in the United States. Week two focuses on teaching these firms how to raise capital, pitch clients and investors, negotiate contracts, close sales and create a market entry plan. During the program, 1871 welcomed Sebastian Gomez, the highest-ranking IT and Creative Trade Official for ProColombia in the Central United States Region, to visit the TerraBridge program participants and explore Chicago’s technology community.

“The goal of TerraBridge and its ongoing Internationalization Program is to make Chicago the premier destination for the expansion of established tech firms into the US marketplace, and assisting Chicago’s tech firms in entering and accessing the large consumer economies in emerging markets,” said TerraBridge founder Greg Stevens.

Since its opening, 1871 has hosted thousands of foreign dignitaries and entrepreneurs seeking to explore the entrepreneurial and technology industries in Chicago. In June, 1871 hosted twelve international startups for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology Initiative (GIST), which marked the first time that program was held outside of Silicon Valley. More recently, 1871 hosted eight Turkish startups for the second year in a row to participate in specialized programming, business development and a Demo Day as part of the Teknojumpp Acceleration Program. 1871 also has formalized agreements with incubators and co-working spaces in London, Tel Aviv and Mexico City. This international involvement not only highlights Chicago’s growing ecosystem for digital entrepreneurs, but also provides 1871 members with an expanding set of contacts and resources so that they can remain globally competitive as they develop their businesses.

The Demo Day for the visiting Colombian firms will take place on Friday, November 21 at 1871. Those interested in attending can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/terrabridge-colombian-it-firms-demo-day-at-1871-tickets-14284616673.

About the TerraBridge Internationalization Project

The TerraBridge Internationalization Project is a two-week boot camp for information technology firms from emerging markets designed to give them all the skills needed to enter the US marketplace via Chicago and 1871. It is run by TerraBridge Partners, a Chicago-based Internationalization Consultancy.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

 

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1871 and the Chicago Urban League Announce Innovative Partnership to Foster Diversity in Entrepreneurship http://www.1871.com/1871-and-the-chicago-urban-league-announce-innovative-partnership-to-foster-diversity-in-entrepreneurship/ http://www.1871.com/1871-and-the-chicago-urban-league-announce-innovative-partnership-to-foster-diversity-in-entrepreneurship/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:52:59 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10800 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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1871 AND THE CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE ANNOUNCE INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO FOSTER DIVERSITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Partnership supported by HERE, Lenovo and Quaker allows Chicago Urban League and 1871 to identify and support African American technology entrepreneurs, designers and developers; foster programming and networking opportunities; and encourage startup businesses.

CHICAGO (November 20, 2014)—1871 joined the Chicago Urban League today to announce a partnership agreement that will support African American entrepreneurs and foster diversity in the technology industry. The partnership agreement formalizes the existing and growing relationship between 1871 and the Chicago Urban League, who have been working together to identify and facilitate opportunities in the technology and entrepreneurial communities for underrepresented individuals. These opportunities will be funded in part by HERE, Lenovo and Quaker, all of whom recently announced donations to support diversity initiatives at 1871.

“Ensuring that we develop a diverse workforce is absolutely critical to expanding innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Chicago,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “1871 is constantly working to attract and develop top talent by facilitating opportunities within the 1871 community for underrepresented entrepreneurs and technology professionals as part of a concerted effort to create opportunities and jobs for all of the neighborhoods in the city.”

“The Chicago Urban League is thrilled to partner with 1871 to empower emerging and existing African American entrepreneurs with this innovative opportunity that can help launch, grow and sustain their businesses,” said Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.

The Chicago Urban League will work with 1871 to identify promising African American technology business owners, designers and developers, who will be eligible for partially sponsored 1871 memberships funded by corporate partners and other donations. These opportunities will allow underserved individuals to simultaneously benefit from 1871, the Chicago Urban League, and their corporate partners through a combination of funding, mentorship and other resources.

“Diversity has been a key ingredient for business success at Lenovo,” said Yolanda Conyers, Vice President, Global HR Operations and Chief Diversity Officer, Lenovo. “We are committed to building on our already strong culture of inclusion and are proud to work with 1871 and the Chicago Urban League by providing financial support for underrepresented individuals to make a noticeable impact in the Chicago technology community.”

“As a company with a proud history in Chicago, we’re delighted to be able to support this initiative,” said Denise Doyle, Senior Vice President at HERE, a Nokia company. “We value the diversity we have in our own workforce, in this city and around the world and we’ve seen first-hand how diversity can drive innovation. We applaud 1871 and the Chicago Urban League for their efforts and wish them every success.”

1871 will also work to create a next-generation “tech toolkit” to be distributed to neighborhood schools, which will help students understand the basics of entrepreneurship and technology development. Using platform technologies and free applications such as MagicTags, the kit will enable students to work with their peers to develop sample products and services, build apps that are immediately employable in their communities, and access a direct pipeline to careers in high-tech entrepreneurship.

“As Chicago’s technology economy continues to grow and evolve, it is important that opportunities are made available to all Chicago residents, and that the technology community reflects the diversity of the City,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This partnership between 1871 and the Chicago Urban League will help to bring more diversity to this expanding area and push forward innovative new technologies that will help drive Chicago’s economy into the future.”

In addition to sponsoring 1871 memberships and developing the technology toolkit, 1871’s partnership agreement with the Chicago Urban League will foster diversity in the technology community in the following ways:

  • 1871 and the Chicago Urban League will continue to identify and recruit underserved individuals to apply for scholarships to attend coding classes.
  • 1871 will utilize its in-house recruiter to foster employment opportunities for the African American community by connecting potential employees identified by the Chicago Urban League to 1871 member companies seeking to make new hires.
  • The Chicago Urban League and 1871 will identify startups founded by African American college students and recruit those businesses to join 1871’s various programs for college students.
  • The Chicago Urban League and 1871 will host joint networking events in the 1871 space for the African American technology community.
  • The Chicago Urban League and 1871 will identify and recruit African American leaders in business, marketing, technology and entrepreneurship to become 1871 mentors.

1871 and the Chicago Urban League will continue to develop this partnership by identifying and implementing new methods of supporting African American entrepreneurs, professionals, and students in the technology community. Recently, the two organizations joined to identify and support candidates for scholarships to take coding classes with Startup Institute Chicago’s eight-week, full-time program.

About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit http://www.thechicagourbanleague.org.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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1871 and Startup Mexico Announce Partnership Agreement http://www.1871.com/1871-and-startup-mexico-announce-partnership-agreement/ http://www.1871.com/1871-and-startup-mexico-announce-partnership-agreement/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:33:04 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10730  

 

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1871 AND STARTUP MEXICO ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Wide-ranging agreement allows Chicago-based 1871 and México City-based Startup México to work together to grow tech companies in both cities; Agreement supports the Global Cities Economic Partnership between Chicago and México City launched by Mayor Emanuel last year.

MEXICO CITY AND CHICAGO (November 17, 2014)—1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman joined Startup México CEO Marcus Dantus in México City last week to announce a partnership agreement that will provide reciprocal membership benefits between 1871 and Startup México, as well as a number of other elements that will facilitate cooperation in the technology industry. Following Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement of Chicago’s Global Cities Economic Partnership with México City last year, the agreement between 1871 and Startup México supports the formalized economic partnership between Chicago and México City by facilitating collaboration in the technology and entrepreneurial communities.

“1871 is continuing to expand its international relationships in the community of digital entrepreneurs in order to foster disruptive innovation in Chicago and on a global scale,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “Building upon the foundation established by Mayor Emanuel’s economic partnership with México City, 1871’s partnership with Startup México positions Chicago as the first place where Mexican technology startups will begin expanding their businesses in the US market. We are thrilled that 1871 and Chicago will be the point-of-entry to the US market and we are excited to work together to create jobs on both sides of the border.”

“When I signed the global cities partnership, I expected it would be a call to action for leaders in both cities to explore opportunities to work together and create jobs,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I commend 1871 for this partnership, which is exactly what I had hoped would come from this framework. It promises to have long-lasting economic benefits for both cities and will further cement Chicago’s status as the most hospitable city for business in the United States.”

The agreement between Startup México and 1871 will provide free drop-in membership access at 1871 and Startup México to individuals or corporate entities that hold memberships at either of the locations. Drop-in membership will include access to co-working facilities, meeting and conference rooms, visitor Wi-Fi and reception assistance. Members utilizing the reciprocal membership agreement will also have access to each location’s network of mentors and investors. Both locations will facilitate social and cultural events to orient the visiting startups and assist them with networking in the local technology and entrepreneurial communities.

“We are truly excited to sign this historic agreement between Startup México and 1871, promoting entrepreneurship and collaboration between our two great cities México and Chicago,” said Startup México CEO Marcus Dantus.

Home to over 1.5 million residents of Mexican descent, the Chicagoland area has the second largest Mexican population of any city in the United States. In November 2013, Mayor Emanuel took his first official international trip to México City, where he joined México City’s Mayor Macera to sign the Global Cities Economic Partnership. The agreement expanded the relationship between México City and Chicago, which have been culturally linked as Sister Cities since 1991, to include a formal economic partnership that fosters job growth and economic opportunity by facilitating trade and investment between shared industries and strengthening collaboration in research, innovation, and human capital.

“The partnership between 1871 and Startup México is a great opportunity for the member startups that require international cooperation and business development,” said Rahier Rahman, 1871 member, Founder and CEO of Pangea, a cross-border money transfer platform focusing on US to México. “Access to industry leaders has been key for Pangea in nurturing ideas, building credibility and vetting strategic alliances. Entrepreneurship is thriving in Chicago and across Mexico, so this partnership can provide startups with valuable resources and connections to thought leaders in both countries. We believe it is a wonderful chance to accelerate any relevant startup’s trajectory.”

In addition to its partnership with México City’s Startup México, 1871 has formalized agreements with incubators and co-working spaces in London and Tel Aviv, and has hosted thousands of foreign dignitaries and entrepreneurs seeking to explore the entrepreneurial and technology industries in Chicago. In June, 1871 hosted twelve international startups for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology Initiative (GIST), and more recently hosted eight Turkish startups to participate in specialized programming, business development and a Demo Day as part of the Teknojumpp Acceleration Program. This international involvement not only highlights Chicago’s growing ecosystem for digital entrepreneurs, but also provides 1871 members with an expanding set of tools and resources so that they can remain globally competitive as they develop their businesses.

The partnership with Startup México is also in line with 1871’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity in the technology community. 1871 has partnered with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to create a comprehensive set of business and educational opportunities funded by corporate sponsors to support underrepresented groups in the technology industry. 1871’s partnership with Startup México provides another formal outlet for 1871 to facilitate opportunities for Hispanic entrepreneurs and technology professionals.

The partnership agreement between Startup México and 1871 lasts three years initially, and is effective as of November 14, 2014.

About Startup México

Startup México is the premier campus for innovation and entrepreneurship in México City. Housing small businesses, venture capital firms and corporate partners all under one roof, Startup México is creating a new ecosystem that encourages innovation, collaboration and a more competitive México. The incubator provides funding, physical space for entrepreneurs, mentoring from industry leaders, networking opportunities and other resources to help new businesses grow and succeed.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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