1871 http://www.1871.com Where digital startups get their start Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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1871 and Fullbridge to Offer XBA in Entrepreneurship at 1871 http://www.1871.com/1871-and-fullbridge-to-offer-xba-in-entrepreneurship-at-1871/ http://www.1871.com/1871-and-fullbridge-to-offer-xba-in-entrepreneurship-at-1871/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:26:44 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10723

 

 

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1871 AND FULLBRIDGE TO OFFER XBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT 1871

1871 partners with The Fullbridge Program to offer a streamlined XBA in Entrepreneurship for the 1871 community; Students will attend evening classes to receive training specifically focused on developing new businesses.

CHICAGO (November 12, 2014)—1871 and The Fullbridge Program announced today the launch of the XBA in Entrepreneurship at 1871, a streamlined XBA program culminating in a certificate in entrepreneurial studies that will allow 1871 members and other entrepreneurs to gain valuable education through evening courses while they continue to build their startups. The program will offer a business education curriculum specifically developed for entrepreneurs at a fraction of the cost and time commitment of a traditional multi-year MBA.

“1871 is continually expanding the resources we offer to our members, and our new XBA in Entrepreneurship program provides a critical tool for entrepreneurs seeking to gain additional education that is highly relevant to their businesses,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “Having worked in education for many years, I am confident that this program will provide the right set of specialized training and resources to create real value for our members. Entrepreneurs who are busy building their businesses every single day cannot afford to put their work on hold for a traditional two-year MBA program, but with Fullbridge’s part-time, tailored curriculum, they can significantly improve their ability to create and grow successful startups.”

The Fullbridge XBA in Entrepreneurship program at 1871 will provide in-depth training focused on idea creation, disruptive innovation, brand creation, sales and marketing, brand development, team leadership, and entrepreneurial finance. Students will learn to analyze an industry, develop innovative and sustainable ideas, establish a brand, and model their business’s finances. The program will culminate in a competitive pitch by students to advisors and investors. The entire program is designed to augment, leverage and support the real-life business experiences that the students are facing every day in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

“Fullbridge is committed to ensuring that every new innovative company has the best resources possible to help them succeed in a very competitive market,” said Candice Carpenter Olson, Co-CEO and Founder of The Fullbridge Program.  “We have discovered that a blend of highly accelerated work experience in the context of peers and coaches, along with targeted educational resources, will drive a participant’s hard and soft skills forward by a full year or more, and set them on an accelerated curve of business growth and intelligent expansion. The firms we have worked with have had an exceedingly high ROI on Fullbridge, and the participants call it a life-changing experience.”

Throughout the XBA in Entrepreneurship program, Fullbridge will provide qualified coaches with specialized training to teach students, as well as a set of online educational resources and personalized training for each participant. Students will also have access to the extensive Fullbridge employer and alumni network.

“Being a member of 1871 really gives legs to my idea through an unbelievable amount of resources and mentorship, both from industry leaders and other members of 1871,” said 1871 member and Spoter founder Tom McGrath. “Through these educational opportunities, 1871 makes it easy for me to find expert knowledge and training as I work through my business’s development.”

Offered two nights each week over 15 weeks, the Fullbridge program hours complement the busy schedules of full-time entrepreneurs. The program will begin on February 23, will run on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:30pm, and will conclude on June 2. At a cost of $5,950 per student, the XBA in Entrepreneurship offers an affordable alternative to traditional MBA programs. Veterans will be able to use funding from the GI Bill to finance their participation in the program. Additionally, 1871 has worked with Fullbridge to ensure that scholarships will be available to financially support potential participants as identified by Fullbridge and 1871. Those interested in applying for the program can find more information and apply at https://fullbridge.com/form/1871/.

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.

 

About The Fullbridge Program

The Fullbridge Program is a global career accelerator specializing in educating people at pivotal moments in their lives. Our unique blended-learning approach using the most innovative tools in online learning combined with daily feedback and mentorship from expert coaches is the most effective form of delivery for real-world workplace skills. Our programs deliver a combination of subjects including finance, marketing, strategy, teamwork, management, and creative problem solving in a variety of formats, allowing the learner to absorb and master job-ready skills.

Working with students and their parents, new and seasoned entrepreneurs, colleges, corporations, and law firms, Fullbridge educates students, young professionals, and mid-level professionals to close the skills-gap. We help fast track employees and potential hires in the corporate arena by focusing on key competencies that will deepen their business acumen and accelerate their professional development. The Fullbridge program teaches real-world skills for today’s 21st century workplace and for the careers of tomorrow.

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1871 provides opportunities for its members to grow their businesses and learn more about all aspects of running a technology startup from sales and marketing to PR and funding. Weave The People values being a member of the 1871 community and utilizes the opportunities provided to help nurture our business, really taking every opportunity to make the most out of our 1871 membership.

Growing our Team

1871 supports its startups by providing a recruiter, Laura Fendrich, to help us find exceptional talent to grow our teams. Laura recently helped Weave find our Director of Sales, David Bakker, in August. “ I reached out to 1871 because I was interested in continuing work in the startup scene,” says David. “1871 was very responsive and they set me up with Laura. In our initial conversation, Laura listened to my sales experience and recommended Weave amongst other companies, stating it was a very unique company. I would have never been here if it weren’t for Laura. She really made it happen, definitely a great experience for sure.” Laura has also helped us find another key member of our team: our new Director of Operations, Preya Patel!

 

Communicating Weave’s Message to the World

We were truly honored when 1871 invited Weave Founder and CEO, Paul Caswell, to attend a CEO Roundtable discussion with Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley during his visit to 1871 for Technology Startup Day. Additionally, while 1871 CEO, Howard Tullman, gave Congressman Quigley a tour of our facilities, Paul got the opportunity to share the mission and vision of Weave with the Congressman!

 

Giving Back to the Community

One of our values is to serve and make a difference everyday. In an effort to give back to the 1871 community and to learn more about our fellow members, we created an 1871 weave! This weave highlights not only the startup companies of 1871, but also the wonderful people here that help make Chicago a unique hub for technological innovation. We are working with 1871 to launch a new version of this Weave. We’re looking forward to sharing this with the community – stay tuned!

 

 

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Microsoft Blog: 1871 Expansion Helps Chicago’s Future Thrive http://www.1871.com/microsoft-blog-1871-expansion-helps-chicagos-future-thrive/ http://www.1871.com/microsoft-blog-1871-expansion-helps-chicagos-future-thrive/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:50:59 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10572 By: Adam J. Hecktman, Microsoft Chicago

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Last week, Chicago’s iconic 1871 incubator held a ribbon cutting for its 25,000 square foot expansion. This growth allows 1871 to extend what it is already great at – being an incubator of incubators, and an accelerator of accelerators. It is one of the elements that make 1871, and this expansion, unique. A goal of the expansion is to nurture vertically focused incubators in the areas of food tech, education tech, financial tech, Internet of Things, and veteran tech and WiSTEM (women-owned startups). Having industry-focused incubators in place ensures a pipeline of economic activity in the spaces that will drive growth and employment for Chicago.

Then there is this second unique element to this expansion: It will provide the space for 1871 “alumni companies” to stay on within the 1871 ecosystem. Alums will be able to continue to leverage the 1871 programming as well as the space. Further, they will be situated near offices allocated to several forward-thinking venture capital companies who want to take advantage of opportunities for investment in the Chicago market. Having VCs located near the more mature companies places the right parties together at the right time.

CEO Howard Tullman and COO Tom Alexander have many plans for additional amenities, including media recording, broadcasting space, and (of course) a choice spot for their Microsoft Perceptive Pixel. With this expansion, 1871 furthers itself down the path of being more than a center for startup activity. It is becoming an epicenter for economic development in general for the City of Chicago. To quote Todd Connor (CEO of The Bunker), it makes this “an exciting time for Chicago as we define our future as a city that believes in the dreamers, the builders, the risk takers”.

 

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Find your Momentum Awards Dinner Photos with Spot My Photos http://www.1871.com/find-your-momentum-awards-dinner-photos-with-spot-my-photos/ http://www.1871.com/find-your-momentum-awards-dinner-photos-with-spot-my-photos/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:00 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10555 If you gave your phone number to our Spot My Photos photographers during the Momentum Awards Dinner, you can now ... » Continue]]> If you gave your phone number to our Spot My Photos photographers during the Momentum Awards Dinner, you can now view your personal photo gallery from the event. The Spot My Photos Momentum Awards highlights gallery is also available for everyone to view.

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1871 Announces Launch of The Muse Profile http://www.1871.com/1871-announces-launch-of-the-muse-profile/ http://www.1871.com/1871-announces-launch-of-the-muse-profile/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:10:35 +0000 http://www.1871.com/?p=10543  

 

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1871 ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE MUSE PROFILE

1871 profile on The Muse allows member companies to advertise available jobs, highlights Chicago’s vibrant work environment and connects top talent to new opportunities

CHICAGO, IL (October 21, 2014)—1871 announced today the launch of its profile on The Muse, an online job board that provides a behind-the-scenes look at companies and their employees. Job searchers on the website will be given an in-depth look on what it is like to work out of 1871, and 1871 members will be able to use the 1871 Muse profile to post individual job listings and recruit talented employees. Generally The Muse is only available to individual companies, but through a special agreement, access to The Muse is available to all 1871 members.

“The primary focus of 1871 is about attracting and retaining top talent, and facilitating that talent’s development in Chicago,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “The launch of our profile on The Muse is directly in line with that objective. 1871’s presence on The Muse allows employees in Chicago and around the country to see the vibrant work environment in 1871 and Chicago, and provides yet another hiring resource for 1871 members as they grow their companies.”

The Muse is a web-based job board that connects jobseekers with employment opportunities. 50,000 Chicago professionals and jobseekers in the last month have used The Muse to find new employment opportunities, and The Muse as a whole serves 1.5 million unique users each month. Muse jobseekers have a variety of experience levels and professional backgrounds, and 95% of the users are college educated. 1871 members seeking to expand their teams will be able to post specific jobs and reach a large network of qualified applicants.

“As we expand in the Chicago metro area, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with 1871, a leading global incubator for growing companies. 1871’s community is made up of exactly the sort of brilliant, up-and-coming startups that The Muse‘s users are excited to work at, and we’re looking forward to making this partnership a success,” said Kathryn Minshew, CEO and cofounder of The Muse.

1871’s profile on The Muse offers 1871 members a chance to access a diverse pool of potential employees. As a recruitment tool, The Muse stands apart from traditional job boards because it allows businesses to realistically showcase their company cultures through interactive visual displays, rather than simply confining them to a 500-word text description. A number of companies with Chicago locations currently use The Muse, including kCura, Facebook, Uber and Deloitte. 1871’s Muse profile ensures that all of its member companies have the opportunity to showcase the unique experiences that potential employees would gain by joining their startups.

1871’s profile on The Muse adds another significant asset to the set of resources that 1871 provides to its members to help develop their businesses. Earlier this year, 1871 announced the hiring of its own in-house recruiter, who works directly with members to identify and recruit top talent for positions within their startups. To date, ten employees have been placed at 1871 startups in the span of just three months.

About 1871

1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility 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.

About The Muse

The Muse is building the most trusted career site for millennials and digital professionals, helping over 1.5 million people every month answer the question, “What do I want to do with my life (and how do I get there)?” via expert career advice, online skill building classes, job opportunities, and photo and video profiles that take you behind the scenes of what it’s actually like to work at hundreds of top companies and in thousands of different positions. Founded in 2011, The Muse has been featured on The TODAY Show, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, INC, Forbes, Fortune, Cosmopolitan, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, TechCrunch and Mashable, and in 2013 was named one of the Top 3 Wall Street Journal Startups of the Year.

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