Chicago Mayor Emanuel Announces ThinkChicago To Give Students A Taste Of The Windy City Business Culture And Climate

August 3, 2011

4:01 am

In an effort to demonstrate how great Chicago is for young entrepreneurs looking to launch startup, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today ThinkChicago, a special program that will bring top students from regional universities to Chicago for meetings, lectures and interactive sessions designed to foster a better understanding of Chicago’s business scene. Think of it a weekend exchange program of sorts, as selected students will be able to spend some time in Chicago this fall during Chicago Ideas Week, a week long festival focused on innovation that was created by Brad Keywell, one of the founders of Groupon.

The ThinkChicago weekend will consist of meetings with industry leaders and visits to business headquarters around the city, including Microsoft, Google, Groupon, Threadless, Excelerate Labs, GrubHub, and Accenture. Every participating student will also receive free admission to the first annual Chicago Ideas Week. The students selected to participate in ThinkChicago will be outstanding seniors from colleges and universities in Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Students can apply here by August 30.

ThinkChicago is a very clever way to market the city, and it looks like it will be a useful, and possibly door-opening, program for some top students to participate in. It should offer them an inside look at what Chicago has to offer along, with exposure to the city that could prove valuable when they decide where they want to end up after school.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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