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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 »

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 »