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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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Chicago Inno’s 25 Under 25


One of the best ways to measure a startup ecosystem and where it is headed is by looking at its youngest entrepreneurs and technologists. From classrooms at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, to the city’s accelerator programs for budding entrepreneurs, there is evidence in all corners of Chicago that show it’s not just tech veterans pushing the city’s innovative spirit forward. To highlight some of Chicago’s young tech leaders, Chicago Inno has compiled a list of 25 promising and notable young entrepreneurs and technologists in the city’s tech and startup scene. 

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Meet 3 energy innovators getting a lift from Argonne National Laboratory


The national laboratory last month announced its second class of participants for a Midwest energy entrepreneurship program.
Erika Boeing is developing a small wind turbine she hopes can someday find a home alongside solar panels on the rooftops of big-box stores, factories and other large commercial and industrial buildings.

A major challenge for her St. Louis-based company: securing funding, which is generally harder to come by for advanced hardware than software startups. And Boeing and her team are at “the limit of our expertise and computing resources for computational fluid dynamics modeling,” as she describes it.

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A Startup Mentality Gives Public Research a Lift


Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense became the latest agency to adopt a burgeoning start-up boot camp pioneered by the National Science Foundation’s Errol Arkilic.

In 2011, Arkilic reached out to Steve Blank, a Stanford University professor who would soon be one of Silicon Valley’s most influential innovators.

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Midwest Alliance, NSF pilot SBIR ‘Phase 0’ program


A new pilot program supported by the National Science Foundation will help early stage startups in the Midwest commercialize their technology. The Midwest Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Node, led by the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, and the University of Toledo, is one of seven university clusters across the country selected to pilot the NSF “Phase 0” program.

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