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1871

Growing Tech Startups In Chicago

Growing Tech Startups In Chicago

1871 is here to prove that the entrepreneurs of Chicago are making a real impact on the world’s technological landscape. We’re home to 1500+ inventors, designers, creators, and do-ers who are building better, faster, cleaner solutions to everyday problems, and we’re committed to supporting them as they innovate for the future. Our mission is to provide diverse, digitally-enabled startups with access to space and connectivity, education and training resources, early-stage and venture capital and customers.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Chicago and Midwest

Founded

2012

Website

1871.com

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Catapult Chicago

The Office Space You're Looking For, The Startup Community You Need

The Office Space You're Looking For, The Startup Community You Need

Our mission is to help tech startups navigate their growth phase from viable to thriving. We cultivate a tight-knit community of great founders and their companies in a top-notch, affordable space so that they can scale faster. Our core strategies are: peer selection, correct-sized space for a tight-knit community, curated programming, alumni engagement, no equity or investment involved, and access to service providers that are a great fit.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

State

Founded

2012

Contact

TheStartUps@CatapultChicago.com

(312) 238-8598

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Dreams For Kids

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

DREAMS FOR KIDS trains and mentors local youth, in grades 10-11, to become social entrepreneurs. We provide practical education, real world training and contemporary job skills so that the students can create social enterprises that provide solutions to society’s critical social issues and help others. Our signature program is a 10-lesson, project-based curriculum that is delivered by teachers in class and supported by workforce community mentors beyond school. With the guidance of these professionals, students channel their learning into the creation of social impact enterprises, where they apply business principles to ventures that drive profit and solve critical social issues. By the end of the program, the students can create and manage an enterprise that brings positive social change.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

1989

Contact

(312) 585-4995

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Hatchery Chicago

Growing Food Businesses, Community, And Jobs In Chicago

Growing Food Businesses, Community, And Jobs In Chicago

THE HATCHERY CHICAGO is the area’s premier food-and-beverage business incubator to help local entrepreneurs scale successful companies. Through our incubation programming and production facility, we provide space, financing and resources under one roof. Located in the underserved neighborhood of East Garfield Park, THE HATCHERY helps build businesses that will then create economic growth and new job opportunities in our community. Our workforce development programs seek to create a deep pool of local qualified candidates for the jobs created by our entrepreneurs. Providing our neighbors with free certifications, support, classes and job training, shared-kitchen hours, and industry connections, we view the food industry as a widely accessible path out of poverty.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

2018

Contact

Hello@TheHatcheryChicago.org

(312) 283-5928

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Matter

Equipping, Empowering And Emboldening Healthcare Innovators

Equipping, Empowering And Emboldening Healthcare Innovators

MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status-quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER, we are hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

United States

Founded

2015

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

SparkVentures

Partnerships That Lift Communities Out Of Poverty

Partnerships That Lift Communities Out Of Poverty

SPARK VENTURES builds partnerships that lift communities out of poverty. SPARK VENTURES has lasting impact by directing human and financial resources to partners around the world to provide health, education and jobs. By focusing resources in areas of business, job creation and capacity building, SPARK VENTURES seeks to have lasting and sustainable impact.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

International

Founded

2007

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

StreetWise

A Hand Up (Not A Hand Out) For The Poor And Homeless

A Hand Up (Not A Hand Out) For The Poor And Homeless

StreetWise is one of the largest “street papers” in the United States and focuses on news that is “socially conscious and Chicago-centric.” Our mission is to empower the entrepreneurial spirit through the dignity of self-employment. We provide Chicagoans facing homelessness with a combination of supportive services, workforce development resources, and immediate access to gainful employment by becoming a StreetWise vendor. By purchasing and taking the magazine, you are providing a "hand up, not a hand out" to one of our 150+ vendors working towards self-sufficiency. Founded in the early 1990s, StreetWise is a practical solution to the crisis of homelessness in Chicago: give homeless men and women a chance to help themselves and gain personal dignity by selling a newspaper to earn income rather than begging for money.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

Reach

Local

Founded

1992

Contact

Information@StreetWise.org

(773) 334-6600

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.