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Every Single Semifinalist Competing in TechCo’s Startup of the Year Competition

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm

The startup world would be nothing without a little competition. After all, innovation is bred from the entrepreneurial desire to outmatch, outwit, and generally outperform other companies within your industry. If you want to make an impact, you’re going to have to show the…

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Meet the Top Startups Competing at Innovate Celebrate 2017 [MIDWEST]

By | Aug 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The Midwest is home to more than friendly faces, great sports teams, and frigid weather. This part of the country is filled with startups and entrepreneurs that are more than happy to show the coasts where innovation really comes from. And with success stories…



5 Takeaways From the Midwestern Startup Ecosystem

By | Aug 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

After working on this for months, M25 finally released our first official ranking of the top startup cities in the Midwest. After making the announcement and releasing the rankings publicly last week, I figured it would only be prudent to add some color from…



New $3.5M Tech Hub Will Give Midwest Startups a Boost

By | Nov 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

A $3.5 million grant has been offered by the National Science Foundation to fund a new ‘I-Corps’ node among four midwest universities. Researchers at the universities involved — the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Purdue University, and the University of Toledo —…

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The Startup of the Year Competitors of the Midwest

By | Sep 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Join Tech.Co and Consumer Technology Association (CTA) this upcoming September for the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. Register now to attend! The Midwest has a lot of nicknames. From the Heartland to America’s Breadbasket, middle America has been given more wholesome names…



Investor Paul Singh’s Very Honest Tips for Midwest ‘Tech Hubs’

By | Jun 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

If anyone is qualified to offer advice to the so called tech hubs blooming across America, it is perhaps Paul Singh, the man who is taking three laps around the country to study how these communities operate and grow. The venture capitalist, an original…

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New Report Shows Midwest’s Push Into the Internet of Things

By | Apr 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Today, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the launch of a landmark report – the Internet of Things (IoT) Midwest Landscape. This inventory is the first of its kind, and will mark the first organized system to categorize and possibly expand the number of…



Hyde Park Venture Partners Closes Its Venture Fund at $25 Million

By | Jun 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

Hyde Park Venture Partners announced today that it has closed its venture fund after hitting $25 million in commitments. This far exceeds the initial $20 million target, and it ensures seed and series A investments will be awarded to tech-enabled businesses, consumer companies, and health…



Interview with Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian: Is the Midwest The Next Silicon Valley?

By | Jan 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

When I say, “The Midwest” what comes to mind? Maybe some form of fatty food, SNL’s infamous Ditka skits, corn fields, some form of fatty food… How about vibrant startup community?  It’s true.  After all, Tech Cocktail originated as a byproduct of the startup…



5 Damn Good Reasons to Live and Work in Indianapolis

By | Nov 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

With the 2012 Super Bowl played in Indianapolis, the modest capital city got a huge reputation boost. “Super Bowl 2012 Erases Indianapolis Image as Naptown,” the Huffington Post proclaimed. The Indianapolis startup scene may deserve a reputation boost as well. Nearly 200 miles southeast…



CEA i-stage Awards Two Midwest Startups $50K In Prizes

By | Oct 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

The CEA Industry Forum is taking place this week in San Francisco. Tech Cocktail was a media partner for the event and I participated as a judge for the i-stage startup launch competition. Eight startups offered three-minute elevator pitches to the crowded room of…



midVenturesLAUNCH This Week In Chicago

By | Sep 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

This week on September 28th and 29th in Chicago is the midVenturesLAUNCH conference. Taking a page out of the DEMO and TechCrunch playbook, the event looks to offer a place for local startups to compete on stage for prizes. midVenturesLAUNCH includes more than 60…



Excelerate: Chicago’s Seed Fund Startup Incubator

By | Mar 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

Seed funding programs have been popping up everywhere the last few years and we have worked with many of them from TechStars, LaunchBox Digital and DreamIt Ventures among others as we help amplify the local startups in those various communities. We are excited to…


2009 Kellogg Technology Conference

By | Mar 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

TECH cocktail is a media partner for the 15th Kellogg Technology Conference and we are happy to share the event information as well as covering the conference itself. The 15th Kellogg Technology Conference will explore trends shaping the next wave of technology innovation.  The…


InvestMidwest Forum: Accepting Applications Now

By | Oct 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I just thought I would write up a post to make sure all of the Midwest entrepreneurs out there in TECH cocktail land knew about a great event coming up in March/April 2009.  The event is called InvestMidwest and the goal of the event…


TECH cocktail Chicago 9 – RSVP

By | Oct 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

We are pleased to announce TECH cocktail Chicago 9 will be taking place in just a few short weeks. It has been a little longer than we would have liked due to the unknown schedules associated with both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox…


SocialDevCampChicago Is Coming Soon RSVP

By | Jul 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

If you are developer in the midwest you might be interested in checking out the upcoming SocialDevCampChicago. SocialDevCampChicago is an unconference for people passionate about social networks, web applications, platform development, new media, and any of the exciting (but messy) topics in-between. This event…