Shape what's next at 1871

Accelerate & collaborate at our global innovation hub

1871 is a private collective of trailblazing founders, visionary leaders, resilient innovators, and steadfast supporters in tech. Immerse in our programs, resources, and community uniquely designed for growing a vibrant tech ecosystem.


Momentum Award nominations

Extended until 6.17.24 @ 5 PM CST

Fall Tech Leaders

Apply by 6.24.24

FoodTech Innovation Lab

Apply by 6.24.24

Supply Chain Innovation Lab

Apply by 6.24.24

AI Innovation Summit

Attend on 6.27.24

InsurTech Innovation Summit

Attend on 6.27.24


We inspire, equip,
& support extraordinary tech businesses

Join us in the mission we've had since 2012

1871 is a 501c3 designed to deeply impact the economy and tech industry by uplifting, connecting, and amplifying our members so they are full of possibility.



Unicorns in membership


Alumni scaling


Jobs created


Raised in venture capital

"Entrepreneurship is for everyone, and so is 1871."

Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871

Convene vibrantly where you are

When you’re surrounded by a dynamic community, even the smallest and most unexpected interactions can create the greatest impact. Our 1871 member community plugs in however they can and need! Surprise and serendipity can be found in every step of your journey with our in-person or virtual member.

Rooted in Chicago with reach around the world

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Named after the year of the Great Chicago Fire, where innovators came together to rebuild and re-imagine what’s possible, we still carry our roots with us today. 

How? We believe in the power of “and.” By partnering with others, we create experiences where everyone can find belonging and win.

No two innovators’ journeys are the same

Plug in how you need & experience fortunate collisions

Our membership options cover the full business maturity curve, whether you are ready to launch, accelerate, innovate, or lead. Find your fit to access our physical or virtual spaces, programming, events, marketing promotion, exclusive perks, peers, and more.

Membership pathways

We’ve curated our member experiences to help you reach new levels of creativity anytime and anywhere—at every step.

Early stage startups

Join ~400 early startups from idea to product-market-fit.

Growth & late stage startups

Join ~200 growth startups from seed to initial public offering stages.

Corporate innovators

Join  200+ enterprise businesses innovating.

Stories from our community

Watch 1871's Member Spotlight Vlog

1871’s YouTube series “Member Spotlight” is a bi-weekly series devoted to sharing the insight and momentum of our member community. 

Explore what our innovators have to say about us

Sara Agate
“Provided me with a community of women who I could grow with over several weeks through a transformative cohort experience filled with workshops and shareouts. The potential for relationship building and skill sharing has been valuable beyond the cohort!”

Sara Agate

CEO & Founder, MuniTask
Keesha Vinson

The beauty of a community is its common unity and to be surrounded with like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds and challenges makes the journey of entrepreneurship bearable. There was something so refreshing about seeing so many who look like you and are as ambitious, solving real problems.

Keesha Vinson

Founder, Heart of Culture, Inc.

Elissa Trainor
“This program provided me with the space, time and resources to think about what kind of leader I want to be and the skills I need to work on things like setting boundaries, effective communication, not needing the answer, and to let go of things and give others the opportunity to grow.”

Elissa Trainor

App & Mobile

Technology Director,

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Reginald Maisonneuve

“It has been challenging to find business-minded organizations that understand the complexities and challenges of being a Latinx startup and with whom we could engage at so many levels, feel at home, and welcome! They [1871 & IHCC] are making an important difference for us in the short time.”

Reginald Maisonneuve

Founder, Aegis

1871 News

Learn more about who we are and what we’ve been up to on our blog! You’ll find a mix of content from 1871 and our member community.