Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Chicago’s Startup of the Year? [Poll]

By | Aug 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Chicago startups can celebrate a lot of success and a wealth of a startup ecosystem from which to draw support. On Thursday, August 20, you’re going to want to join the community to find out who’s moving, who’s shaking, who’s investing, who’s hiring, and who…

Product Launch

Two Chicago Tech Giants Battle it Out for Dominance in Food Delivery

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Chicago, IL-based, local commerce powerhouse Groupon announced today the official launch of its food delivery and takeout service Groupon To Go. Launched in beta this past March, the new platform will offer options from more than 500 restaurants across Chicagoland. With its official…


5 Startup Hangouts in Chicago That Aren’t Coworking Spaces

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Where do you go if you want to meet other entrepreneurs in a casual, spontaneous, this-might-actually-lead-to-a-real-relationship way? Why, one of Chicago’s startup hangouts. You could go to a coworking space – and Chicago has many – but it’s a bit pricey if you are…

Startups & Apps

A Chicago Based Startup is Expanding the Freelance Economy

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Chicago based ConceptDrop has realized the potential of the freelance economy and is working to create equal opportunities for talented freelancers, by connecting them with clients who need their skills. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that self employment only rose 0.9%…

Tips & How To’s

This is Why Your First User is Vital to Your Startup’s Success

By | Jul 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

User or customer acquisition is one of the most prevalent issues that face companies both young and old; regardless of the stage of a company, one of the primary goals is often to increase its numbers of users. When you’re a a brand-new startup,…


The Greatest Startups in Chicago History, and Their Proteges

By | Jul 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

When you think about the many different, successful tech ecosystems spread across the US there are a few givens that just can’t be dethroned. You’ve got New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington DC for sure, but I’d also say that you have to include…

Product Launch

Chicago based Otobots Launches Car Repair Delivery Service

By | Jul 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

Every startup wants to be the next “Uber for (insert vertical here).” Our world is becoming increasingly on-demand and mobile, so if new businesses want to compete, it’s certainly beneficial for them to have mobile or on-demand as part of their business model. Out of…


Roniin Connects Experienced Entrepreneurs with New Blood

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Paul Lee is an experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He spent years investing in startups as a General Partner at Lightbank, and sat on the board of directors of many of them. All of this experience led him to do what comes naturally to…


6 Unique Places to Work in Chicago

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Chicago is certainly not short on coworking spaces, but sometimes you need a place to work that’s a bit different. A way to change up your routine, see things from a new perspective, and get a fresh infusion of energy. This celebration of the…


Techstars Chicago Announces Its Fall 2015 Class

By | Jul 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

Yesterday, Techstars Chicago announced the 10 startups that will be participating in its Fall 2015 cohort. According to the blog post written by Techstars managing director, Troy Henikoff, the majority of the companies selected for this year’s class fall into the B2B space –…


Cloud-Based KnowledgeHound Raises $1.2M Seed Round

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Chicago, IL-based KnowledgeHound, the Google of market research, today announced the closure of a $1.2M seed round led by two investors. Founded in 2013, KnowledgeHound is an enterprise market research data-retrieval and visualization platform that has worked with organizations such as Pepsi Co, Mars,…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Tech.Co is Heading to Chi-Town to Find This Year’s Top Startups

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Chicago, we love. While Tech.Co’s headquarters is now based in Downtown Las Vegas, our early roots are founded in the Chi. And, I mean, there’s plenty of reasons why a lot of great startups are born in Chicago – it’s simply a great place…

Cloud Storage

Chicago Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Web Services Users To Get Hit With Cloud Tax

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Are you living in Chicago and enjoying binge-watching the latest season of Orange Is The New Black or House of Cards on Netflix? If so, you may soon have to start paying more for your Netflix fix. The Chicago Tribune reports that streaming service…

Reports & Rankings

Top 20 Chicago Startup Founders Under 30

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If you’re unaware: Chicago is a damn good place to start a company. Whether it’s the great community of entrepreneurs and support for women startup founders, to even just the mere beauty of the city itself, there’s plenty of reasons why many Chicago startup…


Whittl Raises $3.3M to Cut Down Waiting in Line

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

Chicago-based online appointment booking platform Whittl has announced that they raised $3.3 million in series A round. Since being founded in 2012, this is their second venture fund after an initial round of $1.3M in June 2013. Whittl will use the additional funds to expand…


Chicago Startup Fights to Lower Your Medical Costs

By | Jun 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

Even if you have great health benefits through your employer, when unforeseen emergencies hit, medical costs can get out of hand quickly. Then add on the percentage of medical bills that have errors (up to 80%!) and you can’t help but feel a little outraged…


It’s All About That Same Day: WeDeliver Acquired by Deliv

By | Jun 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Back in 2013 we hosted our Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase, and like all of our local pitch competitions, there were two winners announced: one for best pitch and one for reader’s choice. Now, I’m not claiming that winning our events guarantees your company ultimate…