1871 has a number of endeavors focused on student entrepreneurs, including the Chicago College Startup Competition, in which ten college businesses receive a free one-year full membership so they can continue to grow their businesses after graduation. 1871 also hosts Campus 1871, a weekend-long event where college students interested in technology entrepreneurship harness their passion by working with peers from partner universities to ideate, create, and bring to life viable startups.
Additionally, 1871 has partnerships with a number of universities to facilitate educational opportunities and space for students and faculty come to work on their businesses and immerse themselves in Chicago’s entrepreneurial community. These partner universities include:
- University of Chicago
- Northwestern University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- University of Illinois
- Loyola University Chicago
- DeVry University