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Reach a Larger Social Media Audience with Ravox


One of the first things that any small business owner does is create a social media presence. It is easy, cost-effective, and gets your brand publicly noticed. But difficulty sets in when you ultimately ask yourself the question: How do I get revenue from my social media fans? Aji Abraham and Ashley Zimmerman have a… Read more »

Project Travel Helps Fund Student Travel With Crowdfunding


Peer funding, or crowdfunding, is one of the most interesting sides to the Internet, in my opinion. Some of the projects that get funded are beyond amazing, like the ARKYD space telescope that raised $1.5 million. But popular platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo draw the line at actual projects. That is, if you are not funding something… Read more »

Borrow, Sell, and Build Community with Spare to Share


Think of it as the 21st century version of a grocery store bulletin board.  Remember those boards that had the little cards where you could write (like with an actual pen) an ad, along with contact information, for something you were interested in selling or buying?  We’re talking long before Craigslist became the primary marketplace… Read more »

Startup Institute Launches a Startup School in Chicago


Today, Startup Institute announced its expansion to Chicago, where an eight-week startup course will begin on October 21. Startup Institute already runs programs in Boston and New York. Almost 300 students have graduated, and over 90 percent accepted jobs at startups. Cofounded by TechStars Boston managing director Katie Rae, the school teaches students in four… Read more »

TechNexus To Double Its Space In Move To Civic Opera House


TechNexus, Chicago’s venture collaborative, plans to make a move that will double its space, a move that is much-needed, thanks to its growing success. TechNexus will move into Chicago’s remodeled, historic Civic Opera House.  Construction begins next week, and the new corporate collaboration center will fully open in September. More than 175 startups have grown… Read more »

Who is Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]


Tech Cocktail has traveled the country, from Dallas to DC, Boise to Boston, uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  Now, the word is out: winning startups from each city will go onto the next round and get the chance to qualify for Tech Cocktail Celebrate, our new national startup competition held in Downtown Vegas… Read more »

Hyde Park Venture Partners Closes Its Venture Fund at $25 Million

Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners announced today that it has closed its venture fund after hitting $25 million in commitments. This far exceeds the initial $20 million target, and it ensures seed and series A investments will be awarded to tech-enabled businesses, consumer companies, and health care companies. “We will continue to nurture the innovation that is… Read more »

Social Venture Partners Chicago Chooses Local Education Nonprofit as Investee


Chicago-based Social Venture Partners Chicago (SVP Chicago) is a partnership of philanthropic leaders who invest time, expertise, and money in innovative nonprofits that have the potential to make meaningful and sustainable improvements within the Chicagoland community. They aim to help nonprofits to be as effective as possible in delivering programs and services by helping to build… Read more »

Brideside: Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Online


Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, I am a guy. But, as my older sister and my girlfriend will attest to, I have been mercilessly stuck in enough wedding conversations to understand the daunting task that is planning a wedding. And yes, I have seen Jennifer Lopez’s Wedding Planner more than once…. Read more »