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5 Reasons Why Chicago Has (Almost) Everything Startup Founders Need


Chicago is known for its harsh winters, but it’s actually a hospitable environment for entrepreneurs–and blows away many of the other metropolitan areas trying to compete. 

“We don’t have it all, but we are pretty close,” says Betsy Ziegler, CEO of the local tech incubator 1871, which is home to nearly 500 early-stage digital startups.

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Chicago Has Seen ‘Meteoric’ Startup Growth in the Last 10 Years, Report Says


The number of startups in Chicago has skyrocketed over the last decade, according to a new report.

Chicago has seen some of the fastest startup growth in the nation in the last 10 years, as the number of upstarts in the Windy City has increased 270 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to The Center for an Urban Future, a New York think tank that analyzed data from Crunchbase. That growth rate is the 7th highest in the nation, behind only San Francisco, Brooklyn, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

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