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Eateria Provides Small Restaurants With Bountiful Opportunities


For small restaurants, cooking fantastic food on a regular basis is difficult, but trying to fill seats and retain customers is a whole different issue. Many of these restaurants are cornerstones of communities, and Ola Ayeni, founder of Eateria, has made it his mission to help keep their doors open. “Independent restaurant operators and small… Read more »

Take Advantage of Public Transportation Downtime with TransitChatter


Public transportation offers riders something that has become a premium in today’s fast-paced society: downtime. TransitChatter offers a solution for riders to better spend their time in transit. Founded by Samuel Pro and David Rogers, TransitChatter expands on current public transportation applications. TransitChatter supplies a forum for riders to anonymously vent and connect with other… Read more »

Toast Wins Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup


Toast, the new iOS app for the nightlife industry that helps customers save money at bars by way of membership, took home the title of Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup at last night’s Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer. We caught up with Lakshman Mody to learn more about how Toast is taking the nightlife industry by storm.

ExpressPigeon Helps You Become an Expert Email Marketer


After 15-plus years of software experience, Igor Polevoy came to the conclusion that email marketing services were inefficient and clunky. Not only that, but these services required HTML/CSS knowledge, effectively excluding a large portion of potential users. In 2011, Polevoy founded ExpressPigeon, the ultimate in next-gen email marketing services. The idea is that “anyone can produce… Read more »

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


The Chicago startup scene is on the upswing.  Last year, 197 new Windy City startups launched- or one every 44 hours- with no sign slowing.  Contributing to the maturation of this ecosystem is the recent launch of 1871, a massive downtown co-working center, and unofficial startup headquarters to the city.  That’s why Tech Cocktail is beyond… Read more »

InfoActive is Making Content Marketing Easy


Infographics - they’re interesting, useful, and the most important thing to happen to content marketing since teenagers started making money off their Zelda blogs. InfoActive, the award-winning* startup of well-traveled, Chicago-based entrepreneur Trina Chiasson, makes it easier to create high-value, mobile-friendly, beautiful and interactive infographics. Let’s face it, content marketing is to today’s Internet marketer what the… Read more »

Exec’s Expands its On-Demand Cleaning Service


Exec is an errand running and cleaning service with on-demand, high-quality personal assistants for individuals and companies. Exec started last year in San Francisco; this week Exec announced plans to expand to New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. As they scale, Exec is focused on user growth and premium customer service. Exec is… Read more »

ITA CityLIGHTS Awards Nominations Close This Week: Act Now to Nominate a Deserving Individual or Business


As most entrepreneurs know, startup success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It usually thrives because the startup, and the people who run it, have been supported by a vast network of people who believe in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is acknowledging those who have supported the growth of the Illinois technology… Read more »

Kevin Willer Departs CEC and 1871 for Illinois Innovation Accelerator Fund

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The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), the non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the startup community in Chicago, today announced that CEO Kevin Willer will be transitioning from his role as CEO to become a partner in local seed stage venture fund, Illinois Innovation Accelerator Fund (i2A). Kevin had this to say: “I’m proud of what the… Read more »

Swift Expo Cofounder, Serial Entrepreneur is No Joke


Bob Gillespie treats startups as no laughing matter.  He’s an expert, too, as both a former stand-up comedian and a current serial entrepreneur with two successful exits already under his belt. Bob and his cofounder, Matt Dabney, intend to disrupt the world of trade show and conference management with Swift Expo, a company offering a… Read more »

Chicago Starters Learn Lessons, Look Good at Stock Manufacturing Co.


The realization that a startup just isn’t working is a tough one.  Startup blogs far and wide claim that sticking to it and persevering through adversity are key ingredients to success.  And while that is certainly true, sometimes it just isn’t working. That’s what Jim Snediker and Jason Morgan faced when they decided to step… Read more »

Excelerate Labs Is Now TechStars Chicago Startup Accelerator

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Today, Excelerate Labs announced they have partnered with TechStars to rename the program TechStars Chicago. This is the first time that TechStars has partnered with an existing program in a new market as they usually create their own program from scratch as seen in New York, Boston, Seattle and San Antonio. The addition of TechStars Chicago will… Read more »