Places

Coworking

1871

Where Chicago’s digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs come to build their businesses. Three types of co-working memberships offer choices for entrepreneurs in different stages of building their businesses. Reserved co-working members have their own desks and storage; shared co-working members have round-the-clock access to…

Resource

Accion Chicago

Accion Chicago is an alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of microentrepreneurs, Accion Chicago strives to help businesses and communities…

VC/Angel

Apex Venture Partners

Apex Venture Partners, established in 1987, is one of the oldest venture capital firms in Mid-America. The firm has invested in over 150 companies throughout the United States. Apex’s guiding investment philosophy is to provide exceptional returns for our investors by partnering with entrepreneurs…

VC/Angel

ARCH Venture Partners

ARCH Venture Partners is a premier provider of seed and early stage venture capital for technology firms, with a special competence in co-founding and building firms from start-up. Their mission is to deliver promising technologies from the earliest stages to successful commercial application –…

Startup

Caktus

Caktus is a social music platform focused on sharing, exploring, and discovering new music through a one-of-a-kind media player that allows users to listen to music from multiple libraries, both on-device and streamed, without ever leaving the app.

VC/Angel

Ceres Venture Fund

Ceres Venture Fund, L.P. is an established Chicago-based venture capital fund dedicated to funding high growth companies located in the Midwest in their early stages of growth. As growth-oriented investors, the fund seeks to partner with entrepreneurs of proven ability and provide them with…

Chicago Enterprise Tech Meetup

Enterprise technology is changing the face of large organizations by bringing efficiency, increased profitably, and employee happiness. The Chicago #EntTech Meetup works to foster innovation in enterprise tech, build a community of learning, and promote the best and brightest within the space. Organized by…

Hangout

Chicago Startup Career Network

This is a group of startup and technology advocates, entrepreneurs, employees, and anyone who’s interested in pursuing a career at a Chicago startup. Brought to you by Startup Institute, a career accelerator that combines hard skills with cultural acumen to drastically increase the impact…

VC/Angel

Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund. They invest in exceptional entrepreneurs and their innovative technology companies that are disrupting a large market opportunity. Chicago Ventures primarily invest in Chicago and the Central region of the country, providing engaged support through operating experience,…

Startup

Chitter

Our technology gives brands an opportunity to incentivize their consumers to push positive, designed experiences to their own social media, turning them into consumer advocates and brand ambassadors.

Coworking

Coalition Chicago

Coalition is a place to foster a “community within a community.” It’s a cowering space for entrepreneurs to connect to the larger impact and coworking communities in Chicago. Designed as a productive workspace for professionals who are excited to grow business, the spaces and…

Startup

Dough

Master trading fundamentals using dough’s interactive lessons to help you. Watch their traders and study their strategies in real time. Spot the trade that’s perfect for you using dough’s innovative visual trading platform.

Coworking

Enerspace

Enerspace is where the inspired and passionate come to do their work. Our members include entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers and our tagline “Work Well” reflects our mission to give members a place and the tools they need to blend work and wellness….

Startup

Fare Mechanic

Fare Mechanic is the next great metasearch site for finding the best airline travel option for your trip. It’s the only airline ticket airfare search site that gives you the true cost of flying.

VC/Angel

FireStarter Fund

FireStarter is an early stage investment fund focused on helping technology companies grow. They are a group of Chicago technology entrepreneurs who have come together to support the next generation of innovators. FireStarter has direct experience founding, operating and investing in technology based businesses…

VC/Angel

Founder Equity

Let’s skip the whole “slog through the mud until we can justify venture financing” thing. Founder Equity flips the market on itself, and creates value when it counts. Net-net, you get there faster, and often retain more equity. Founder Equity eliminates time wasted raising…

Accelerator

Founders Institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies.In its four-month, part-time program, you can “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and…

Coworking

Grind

Grind isn’t an office, it’s the antidote to offices. A members-only shared workspace and coworking community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine….

Accelerator

HealthBox

Healthbox Studios is a new breed of accelerator model designed to help the most serious startups in healthcare to rapidly pressure test and validate their businesses to scale. Healthbox Foundry is a proprietary evaluation and commercialization process that helps large healthcare organizations identify and…

VC/Angel

Heartland Angels

Heartland Angels mission is to be a catalyst in the process of innovation. They do this by creating forums in which human, intellectual and financial capital are joined for a common purpose.

VC/Angel

Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners (HPVP) is an early stage venture capital fund investing in early stage technology companies in the Midwest, with particular focus in Chicago. HPVP invests in technology-enabled business and consumer services and healthcare IT companies raising their first or second round…

VC/Angel

IllinoisVENTURES

IllinoisVENTURES is a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, life sciences and clean technology. They start and build globally-competitive businesses based on work conducted at Midwest Universities and federal laboratories. IllinoisVentures brings together leading…

Accelerator

Impact Engine

Impact Engine is a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing today’s societal and environmental challenges. We empower entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to make a collective impact on society by applying smart business principles to the world’s greatest problems.

Coworking

Industrious Office

Industrious is a bright, flexible new office concept for freelancers, growing startups, and small businesses. They’re pioneering the social office—communities of 1 to 10 person private offices with plenty of common space for companies to share, socialize, and collaborate. Their goal? To offer you…

Hangout

John Barleycorn

The newest spin-off of the legendary Lincoln Park flagship has garnered media buzz for stellar service and knowledgeable staff, and the top-notch food earned it 2013’s “Best New Restaurant” award from the River North Business Association. The gorgeous bi-level venue boasts a stunning interior…

Resource

Lean Startup Machine

The world famous workshop where you learn to build a successful business in three days.

Coworking

Level Office

Level rents private offices, co-working desks, and meeting space for your business to thrive. At Level Office, they believe in small business, the self-employed, and entrepreneurs because, like you, that’s who they are. They know you need a modern and professional office space to…

VC/Angel

Lightbank

Lightbank is a no-nonsense approach to venture capital.

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