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Startups & Apps

This Is the Best City to Start Your Startup In

By | Jul 8, 2016 at 10:15 am

When it comes to tech, many will undoubtably tell you that Silicon Valley is the best city to bring your startup to life. And while many major tech companies are stationed in San Francisco, more startups are starting to branch out to other cities…

Business

Two Chicago VCs Remove Risk, Raise $10M Midwest Seed Fund

By | Jul 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

M25 Group, a Chicago-based seed-stage micro-VC firm, has raised $10M from roughly 30 limited partners for their newest fund. Headquartered in the Midwest, the VC firm has big plans to disrupt the current VC landscape in Chicago and beyond. M25 sources its investments through several…

Funding

Chicago’s Impact Engine Raises $10M Impact Investment Fund

By | Jun 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Chicago’s Impact Engine is undergoing a change that could drastically impact the Chicago entrepreneurial community. Today, they announced the raise of a new $10 million impact investment fund to better support and scale early-stage, tech-focused businesses in the area. A “venture fund that invests…

Partnership

Startup Jammber Teams Up with Music Industry Names for a Cause

By | Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Chicago music tech startup, Jammber, has been working with big names in the music industry to create momentum behind solving some of the industries’ most prominent issues – including how music contributors are paid and credited. The collaboration will connect Jammber with companies such…

5 Overlooked Startup Hot Spots in Chicago

By | May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

As Chicago’s startup community grows, there is an interesting dichotomy. More people who want to interact in real life, with less of a draw to do so in traditional ways. Forget that stuffy hotel board room, or that new restaurant that is still trying…

Coworking spaces

A Tour of Chicago-Based SPACE’s Expansion [PHOTOS]

By | Apr 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

One of Chicago’s favorite coworking community, SPACE, is expanding again. Last December, we initially highlighted how the coworking space differs from other local options – from their design centric roots to the coffee shop feel – and now they are adding another much needed component. Based on…

Reports & Rankings

New Report Shows Midwest’s Push Into the Internet of Things

By | Apr 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Today, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the launch of a landmark report – the Internet of Things (IoT) Midwest Landscape. This inventory is the first of its kind, and will mark the first organized system to categorize and possibly expand the number of…

Communication

Startups Need to Focus More Energy on Their PR Strategy

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Once upon a time the tech unicorns of today were struggling small companies battling competitors for customers and fighting for the attention of venture capitalists. The secret behind the rapid growth of startups like Airbnb, Uber and Snapchat involves a special formula that includes strategic…

Energy

Food Waste Reduction Startup Wins Clean Energy Trust Challenge

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

The clean energy industry is no longer a niche market. Companies and countries alike are beginning to see the need for alternative means of power. And while some continue to cling to the old way of doing things, Clean Energy Trust is looking to…

Virtual Reality

Incontext Solutions Brings Business to Virtual Reality

By | Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Virtual reality (VR) is growing to be one of the hottest topics this year, yet most of the applications we hear about are related to consumers or entertainment. Oculus began shipping units in the past week; HTC Vive is starting to ship this week;…

Coworking spaces

MakeOffices Opens New Coworking Spaces Throughout Chicago

By | Mar 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

Early last month MakeOffices officially opened the doors on two of their three planned coworking spaces in Chicago. At their One North State location, they will eventually offer a three-floor, 75,000-square-foot coworking space. This will place MakeOffices as one of the largest coworking offerings in…

Opinion/Analysis

Startups: You Need to Make Sales a Priority

By | Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

I have spent the last 25+ years starting, running, mentoring, and investing in digital technology companies. Just the other day, an entrepreneur asked me a simple question: “What is the most costly mistake you see first time founders make?” It took me a minute…

Ecosystems

150 N Riverside: Chicago’s Most Innovative Commercial Building

By | Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

Location isn’t just important for brick & mortar stores – it can play a role in the success of digital companies as well. And when I’m talking about location, I’m not just talking about the city. The very building in which a company is located can also be a factor….

Startups & Apps

3 Social Media Startups to Watch In Chicago

By | Feb 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

According to the Pew Research Center as of July 2015, 76 percent of adults and 90 percecnt of young adults online use social networking websites and applications. Over the past decade, social media has continued to grow and evolve, along with the amount of…

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