Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is Stopping in Chicago

November 4, 2015

10:00 am

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. 

The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator programs that run in 7 cities (Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle, and Tel Aviv) around the world. This tour is specifically to promote the Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle which is currently accepting applications for their new class beginning on February 2, 2016.

On November 9th, the tour will make a stop in the Chicago, the tech/startup hub of the midwest. The event will be hosted by 1871. 1871 is not just a coworking space, but an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. The sense of community is strong at 1871, and the startups that work out of the space inspire and learn from each other on a daily basis.

The strong sense of community if just one of several reasons that Chicago is such a great city for startups. Grubhub, Groupon, and Basecamp are just a few of the success stories that the city has fostered. In addition to these companies, there are two Microsoft Ventures alumni that call Chicago home.


Parknav solves the problem of trying to find reliable parking at the end of your route. It uses machine learning and big data to do something that Google Maps can’t–help you find free and plentiful parking near your destination, and route you there directly. They claim to be able to reduce the amount of time spent looking for street parking by 80%.

Clear Contract

ClearContract is a one stop repository to automate contract negotiations, changes, and execution. It keeps everything stored in a central location for easy access and increased productivity. It makes managing contracts easier and provides automated notifications so that nothing falls through the cracks.

In Chicago and looking for something to do on November 9th? You can learn all about Microsoft Ventures by registering here.

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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