Entrepreneur

Boots to Business Reboot Provides Free Entrepreneur Training for Military

By | Nov 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

Military members are always viewed as the heroes of our country. They’re saluted in grocery stores, they’re given first class seats on airplanes, and they enjoy a bevy of other perks. But beyond those perks is a hard life filled with few job opportunities…

Conferences

The New Techweek Is Inclusive, Effective, and Committed to Social Good

By | Oct 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Back in 2014, Techweek withstood widespread criticism for its perceived sexism, onstage rants, and a prevailing sense that the Chicago-founded technology conference was puzzling and disorganized. In light of these findings, many wouldn’t have placed their bets on the company’s future success. Faced with dwindling…

Funding

InContext Solutions Raises $15.2M to Expand VR for Retail

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Today, Chicago-based virtual reality software developer InContext Solutions has successfully closed their Series E round of $15.2 million. The round is led by Intel Capital and Beringea, and will be used in an effort to scale the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. Funding from…

Education

Reducing Student Debt Attracts Millennial Talent

By | Oct 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

Every second, $3,000 in student debt is being acquired, according to Debt.org. As graduates seek out quality positions to keep them off Ramen while paying down their debt, companies are also looking for new ways to draw in quality talent. Chicago-based startup Peanut Butter,…

Conferences

Big Data, Biased Algorithms, and America’s CTO at Chicago Ideas Week

By | Oct 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

On Monday, Chicago Ideas Week kicked off with a wide range of celebrity speakers, informed guests, and enthralled attendees. The event will take place over the course of the week, showcasing 150 total events with some of the most renowned minds in the tech industry…

technology

GE and Local Motors Light Up Innovation with Fuse

By | Oct 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Today, GE and Local Motors announced Fuse, a new co-creation digital community and open platform for that combines innovation with small batch manufacturing. Fuse convenes entrepreneurs, scientists, coders, engineers, and makers around the world to solve product development challenges ranging from non-invasive testing technologies to in-situ…

Funding

TurboAppeal Raises $4M Series A for 18 City Expansion

By | Oct 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Every year, homeowners receive the dreaded invoice telling them how much they owe in property taxes and the sticker shock often causes people’s head to spin. If property owners find they are overpaying their share, TurboAppeal, a leading technology firm that helps consumers and businesses appeal property…

Sports

How the Cubs Could Improve Their Jumbotrons’ User Experience

By | Oct 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of a historic run through the playoffs. Between having the best record in the regular season and mounting one of the biggest comebacks in playoff history agains the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs are poised to make…

Ecosystems

8 Entrepreneurs on What It’s Like to Be a Startup in Chicago

By | Oct 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

With the Cubs advancing in the MLB playoffs, Chicago is abuzz with excitement. Even with winter looming in the coming months, there is a certain energy in the city that is palpable when you wander through The Loop, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville. Many people refer to…

Startups & Apps

Meet the 10 Chicago Startups in Techstars Class of 2016

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Accelerators are designed to foster growth in early stage companies. They provide founders and employees with funding, coworking spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advice. At Techstars, the startups that come out of their program are primed and ready to take on the world….

Business

6 Things That Matter When It Comes to Building Your Business

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the first Chase for Business Conference in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon, the event had a solid cast of speakers sharing their insights to a crowd of about 500…

Marketing

The Days of Multiple Marketing Platforms Are Officially Over

By | Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Marketing is hard. Yes, that’s a bit of an over-simplification. But if you’ve ever put in a 60 hour work week in hopes of attracting just a single visitor to your website and come up with nothing, you understand. The problem is that there…

Innovate! and Celebrate

Shradha Agarwal on Entrepreneurialism, Health Tech, and Investing

By | Sep 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Many would argue that the health tech industry is not the most exciting. But with its consumerization it’s becoming an unavoidable topic. Today at Innovate! and Celebrate, Tech.Co cofounder and CEO Frank Gruber held a fireside chat with Shradha Agarwal to discuss how her…

Automotive

Chicago Aldermen Foolishly Want to Ban Self-Driving Cars

By | Sep 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

There will always be nay-sayers when it comes to burgeoning technology. Computers were met with immediate discouragement. Rock n’ roll was dubbed a passing fad. Even, the invention of the wheel likely experienced some pushback from less-informed cavemen. And while you might be alarmed at…

Entrepreneur

How to Raise Money in a Down Market

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Aaron Dallek is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Opternative – the world’s first online eye exam. The exam can be taken from anywhere, at anytime, and a doctor issued prescription can be used to shop everywhere. The exam only takes 25 minutes and…

Startups & Apps

Chicago VC Firm Is Providing a Unique Means of Supporting Startups

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The road to startup success is paved with failed attempts and business blunders. Founders and entrepreneurs are always struggling to acquire the many factors necessary to get a company off the ground and into the limelight. And while typical avenues have provide some startups…

Entrepreneur

Why You Should Ask for Advice Instead of Money

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Rod Rakic is the founder of OpenAirplane, a plane sharing marketplace. OpenAirplane makes it easy for pilots to find, book, and pay for aircraft rentals online or on their phones. Renting an airplane is now as easy as renting a car. Listen on iTunes…