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1871 is Chicago's center for technology and entrepreneurship


It’s hard to build a successful business, and it’s even harder if you’re not plugged in to a community of people who can become mentors, partners, investors, developers, customers and friends. That’s what 1871 is – a community of startups, corporations, and community partners who learn from each other and innovate together.

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Work Space

1871 offers traditional co-working space, as well as a number of private office spaces and meeting rooms to accommodate the many stages of a company’s growth. Whatever your space needs, you can find a home for your business at 1871.

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From the diverse and high-level speakers who inspire us from the stage, to educational seminars and technical workshops, to opportunities to meet and mingle with others in the Chicago innovation community - there is something for everyone at 1871’s events.

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Education & Programming

1871 facilitates workshops and in-depth courses to teach design, technology, and business skills. Many of these courses are available to the public. Additionally, members benefit from exclusive access to our expert mentors who volunteer their time to mentor our startups at no cost.

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Incubators & Accelerators

Take your startup to the next level with one of the world-class incubators, accelerators, or programs that operate out of the 1871 space. Our partners include Techstars Chicago, Bunker Labs, and many more.

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Careers With Our Startups

Whether you’re a designer, a marketing expert, or software developer, we have a startup looking for you. If you believe that you have the skills and vision to help digital startups get their start, 1871 is the right place for you!

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