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| June 19, 2017

CEC’s primary objective is to support and expand the Chicagoland entrepreneurial ecosystem through its flagship project, 1871. For this reason, 1871 is the city’s central home to entrepreneurs, tech talent, mentors, new and growing companies, schools and universities, venture capitalists, and mature corporations as well – all important parts of what it takes to build

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| June 6, 2017

Part-time program for mid-career professionals now accepting applications for January 2018; Students will receive membership to 1871, where classes will be taught The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy today announced the launch of the Harris Public Policy Evening Master’s Program at 1871. Students who enroll in this four quarter, part-time degree program

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| June 2, 2017

Three-Year Program Will Advance Efforts to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs Through the Distribution of Entrepreneurship-Focused Content 1871 was selected by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago (WBC) and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to join a cohort of organizations who will receive grant funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Blackstone Challenge is a three-year pilot program awarding up

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| May 15, 2017

Bosch Invests Nearly $2 Million and Partners with Technology Incubator 1871; Co-creation Space Offers Partnership Model for Startups, Universities and Corporations to Drive New Technologies in IoT; 19,000 Square Feet in Chicago’s Historic Merchandise Mart CHICAGO – The Chicago Connectory, an Internet of Things (IoT) innovation space in the historic Merchandise Mart, launches today as a

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| May 2, 2017

Remarkable Five Years of Accomplishment Includes Tripling in Physical Size and Being Named the #1 Incubator in North America; Massive Celebration of Chicago’s Tech Community Planned at 1871 May 12; Event to Bring Together the Leaders, Disruptors, Innovators and Founders Who Brought the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Center’s Vision to Life 1871 marked its 5th birthday in

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| April 21, 2017

Select group of Chicago-based FinTech startups to participate in a three-month mentorship program  CHICAGO, April 21, 2017 – BMO Harris Bank today announced a partnership with 1871 – a leading technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem which is currently home to nearly 500 high-growth digital startups in the Merchandise Mart– that will provide a select group of

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Lakshmi Shenoy | April 19, 2017

(Gerri Kahnweiler (left) and Cayla Weisberg (right) of InvestHER) 1871 is excited to announce WiSTEM’s new Programming Partnership with InvestHER.  Lakshmi Shenoy, 1871’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, spoke with Gerri Kahnweiler and Cayla Weisberg about the goals of the partnership and their vision for women entrepreneurs: LS: Tell us about InvestHER and

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Lakshmi Shenoy | April 19, 2017

At the end of March, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman and I had the great opportunity to join 100 other entrepreneurial ecosystem builders in Washington, DC for the Rise of the Rise Conference, powered by Revolution Ventures and Steve Case.  The goal of the conference was to share best practices from various entrepreneurial hubs from the

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| April 1, 2017

Students from Seven Chicago-area University Partners to Participate in Long Weekend of Immersive Workshops, Mentorship and Pitch Practice Beginning March 31; Program Gained Record Number of Applicants for this Year’s Event Chicago-based technology incubator 1871 announced Friday that a record number of students from Chicago-area schools will participate in this year’s Campus 1871 event, which

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| March 23, 2017

Second Cohort to Begin at 1871 in May; New Cohort Will Benefit from Support and Resources of Title Sponsor PNC Bank 1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) announced Thursday that their joint incubator program has opened applications for its second cohort, which is set to begin at 1871 in May 2017. The

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