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ABSOLUT Vodka Says: Take a Real Lunch Break


Inspired by Sweden’s daytime dance parties, ABSOLUT Vodka is bringing dance parties to the United States to help people loosen up on their Friday lunch break. ABSOLUT Lunch Break* is inviting people in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston to attend their dance parties this summer, which continue into September. Attendees get to… Read more »

Project Fixup: Digital Matchmaking, Real-World Chemistry


When it comes to relationships, I have to be honest with you guys: I’m despairingly alone (and I’ll probably forever be). My dating life has been a complete disappointment, with several hours wasted on sites like OkCupid and [Star] TrekPassions looking for my ideal boyfriend. For Sarah Press, founder and CEO of Project Fixup, that online time could be… Read more »

Designation: Take a Design Class in Chicago This Fall


Chicago-based Designation is now accepting applications for its 10-week course this fall to teach the design skills that are in demand at startups. Starting with little to no experience, students will learn the basics of design, user experience, user interaction, and front-end coding from teachers including Zeke Franco, interaction designer at GrubHub. Ten weeks may… Read more »

GrubHub Seamless: Online Food Ordering Merger Finalized


On August 9, Seamless and GrubHub, the online food ordering giants, announced the finalization of their merger to extend services to 25,000 restaurants across 500 cities, including London. They will be operating under the name GrubHub Seamless, but both brands will retain their respective websites. The CEOs from each company, along with the rest of their… Read more »

Ensemble Launches, Provides a “Do-It-For-Me” Solution for Entrepreneurs


Ensemble, a new one-stop digital services suite, is launching today in Chicago to help support local and international startups in their post-incubator stages. This alternative route to the startup incubator model is backed by Red Rocket Ventures, Ora Interactive, Loud Interactive, SocialKaty, and Walker Sands. Most incubator programs are designed for a very short stage of… Read more »

Vinyl Me, Please Brings Unique Albums to Your Doorstep


There is an amazing universe of diverse music available to us: that is a fact. But people like to obsess over certain songs because they top Billboard’s charts, or because the artist has pink hair and wears wacky clothes. The bottom line is that people are not getting their music recommendations like they used to…. Read more »

Reading Glue: Providing Reading Strategies That Stick


The ability to read is the foundation that helps children unlock nearly all other learning. However, literacy rates in America show an urgent need to help children improve – experts estimate that almost 40 percent of US 4th graders are not even at a basic level of reading proficiency. That’s why Reading Glue hopes to make… Read more »

The Isis One: Powerful 3D Printing for All


When Steph Avalos-Bock and Marc Auger decided to major in music at the University of Chicago, they never thought their degrees would translate into 3D printing. However, the hype surrounding 3D was too fascinating for them not to analyze. Quickly, they recognized the potency of 3D printing and got on the bus before it left the… Read more »

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 »