1871 FEMtech


A new take on startup incubation for female entrepreneurs.

For a whole host of reasons, 1871 believes Chicago is the best place in the country for female entrepreneurs to start a business. So with that in mind, we’re announcing 1871 FEMtech, a cutting-edge incubator program to support the best women-founded businesses from across the nation and around the globe.

1871 FEMTech will offer:

  • A flexible and family friendly experience – 1871 FEMtech is a rigorous, yet flexible incubator program structured around the demands of female entrepreneurs and work-life balance
  • Tailored content and mentorship designed specifically around the individual companies admitted into the program
  • Access to the 1871 community and all of its resources
  • Access and mentorship from some of Chicago’s top female business leaders
  • Access to 1871’s top University partnerships including University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Northwestern University and The Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Access to capital through 1871’s strong connections to the city’s top venture capitalists
  • Local and national exposure through 1871’s strong media connections
  • And much more…


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