Momentum

09/23/2021 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm CST
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Momentum
Awards

09.23.21

The 1871 Momentum Awards is the celebration of tech innovation in Chicago.

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Award categories

Nominations for the following award categories are now open until 06.23.21 at 5:00 pm CST

Learn more about the awards!

Industry Disruptor

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Outstanding Tech CEO

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CityLIGHTS

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Rising Star

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Momentum

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Attend Momentum

Are you interested in reserving your spot? Contact us to learn more about our ticket packages and to register for the Momentum Awards! 

Our community

1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support the early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators that are building extraordinary businesses in their communities. We are the convenor of changemakers, bringing together the right resources, support, and connections that drive growth for businesses across the entire maturity curve, from idea to Fortune 50.

Our community is rooted in Chicago with a reach that spans the globe, with over 1,500 members and an expansive network of mentors, corporate sponsors, university partners, VCs, alumni, and policymakers.

Early stage

Early stage members are new and experienced entrepreneurs that are working to turn their idea into a reality. We provide the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community they need to build the foundation for sustained success.

Growth stage

Growth stage members are scaling companies that are looking to translate their experience into long-term strategic success. We deliver the necessary solutions to help them turn opportunities into desired outcomes and cement their credibility as leaders in their industry and community.

Corporate Innovators

Corporate innovators are industry-leading companies who are looking to invest in the future of tech and push the boundaries of what is possible. We create tailored, consultative solutions to deliver the necessary connections, resources, and programming they need to lead.

Learn about our awards!

Industry Disruptor Award

Presented to a company that has developed or introduced an ingenious, non-traditional, and innovative product or service that has significantly disrupted the industry.

    • Concept must be truly new and not a repositioning of an existing offering 

    • Must be technology-focused or technology-enabled 

    • Concept must have passed initial validity testing (must be preliminarily proven as possible, not just an idea that may not be developed)

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Outstanding Tech CEO Award

Presented to a CEO who has successfully scaled and nurtured their company through outstanding leadership, ability to attract and retain talent, dedication to diversity and inclusion, and implementation of strategic growth opportunities.

    • Leads a company with growing revenue/profitability that exceeds industry averages 

    • Solid track record with focus on growth for both the company and its employees

    • Demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives

CityLIGHTS Award

Presented to the growth-stage company, (more than $25 million in revenue) that, through innovation in products, services, or business approach, has grown to become a serious competitor in the marketplace and serve as a beacon in the Chicago tech community.

    • Industry, regional, or national reputation

    • Proven track record of long-standing partnerships with customers, as demonstrated by customer retention that exceeds industry norms 

    • Investment in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and commitment to advancing the STEM pipeline in Chicago

Momentum Award

Presented to a growing company, ($3 to $25 million in revenue) that has the strongest potential to emerge as the leader in its market, has bootstrapped and/or received external funding and has made a substantial impact on Chicago’s tech and startup community.

    • Company is visible and active in the advancement of Chicago’s tech community

    • Displays growth through for example: securing of funding, increases in team size and presence in community

    • Demonstrated increased traction over time (growth year-over-year, reaching profitability)

Rising Star Award

Recognizes a company that is early in its progression but has a proven track record of success, has achieved significant traction in their market, makes an impact on the community and is well-positioned to grow into a leader in its market.

    • Company is becoming a visible and active presence in the Chicago tech and startup community

    • Proven traction through team growth, funding, revenue, paid customers, product innovation, etc.

    • Has demonstrated rapid growth in the past 6-12 months, poising the company for future success

Chicagoness Award
(not open to public nomination)

Presented to an individual who exemplifies the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community, including commitment to collective opportunity, civic leadership, mentorship and hard work.

Corporate Champion Award
(not open to public nomination)

Recognizes a company that actively and consistently supports the growth of the Illinois technology industry through defined and actionable community-focused efforts, leadership, and/or collaboration.

Become a sponsor

Our nonprofit work in fueling Chicago’s digital technology ecosystem is critically funded by the Momentum Awards, and we’re looking for partners to invest in #ChicagoTech by helping us create an unforgettable night. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, check out our sponsorship guide and get in contact with us!

Attend Momentum

Are you interested in reserving your spot? Contact us to learn more about our ticket packages and to register for the Momentum Awards! 

Our community

1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support the early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators that are building extraordinary businesses in their communities. We are the convenor of changemakers, bringing together the right resources, support, and connections that drive growth for businesses across the entire maturity curve, from idea to Fortune 50.

Our community is rooted in Chicago with a reach that spans the globe, with over 1,500 members and an expansive network of mentors, corporate sponsors, university partners, VCs, alumni, and policymakers.

Early stage

Early stage members are new and experienced entrepreneurs that are working to turn their idea into a reality. We provide the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community they need to build the foundation for sustained success.

Growth stage

Growth stage members are scaling companies that are looking to translate their experience into long-term strategic success. We deliver the necessary solutions to help them turn opportunities into desired outcomes and cement their credibility as leaders in their industry and community.

Corporate Innovators

Corporate innovators are industry-leading companies who are looking to invest in the future of tech and push the boundaries of what is possible. We create tailored, consultative solutions to deliver the necessary connections, resources, and programming they need to lead.

The 1871 Momentum Awards experience

The 1871 Momentum Awards bring together our full community of members, supporters, and leaders for an evening of celebration. This year’s event will feature a number of exciting performances and special guest appearances from Chicago’s most familiar faces. To learn more, check out our recap of the 2020 Momentum Awards.

Attend Momentum

Are you interested in reserving your spot? Contact us to learn more about our ticket packages and to register for the Momentum Awards! 

Our community

1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support the early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators that are building extraordinary businesses in their communities. We are the convenor of changemakers, bringing together the right resources, support, and connections that drive growth for businesses across the entire maturity curve, from idea to Fortune 50.

Our community is rooted in Chicago with a reach that spans the globe, with over 1,500 members and an expansive network of mentors, corporate sponsors, university partners, VCs, alumni, and policymakers.

Early stage

Early stage members are new and experienced entrepreneurs that are working to turn their idea into a reality. We provide the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community they need to build the foundation for sustained success.

Growth stage

Growth stage members are scaling companies that are looking to translate their experience into long-term strategic success. We deliver the necessary solutions to help them turn opportunities into desired outcomes and cement their credibility as leaders in their industry and community.

Corporate Innovators

Corporate innovators are industry-leading companies who are looking to invest in the future of tech and push the boundaries of what is possible. We create tailored, consultative solutions to deliver the necessary connections, resources, and programming they need to lead.

Help us build a stronger Chicago

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the work we do at 1871 is made possible by the generous support of our community. If you want to join us in building a stronger, more equitable tech environment in Chicago and beyond, please consider making a contribution to the 1871 annual fund. Your contribution will enable us to provide the resources early stage and growth stage businesses need to innovate, thrive, and power Chicago’s tech economy.

Attend Momentum

Are you interested in reserving your spot? Contact us to learn more about our ticket packages and to register for the Momentum Awards! 

Our community

1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support the early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators that are building extraordinary businesses in their communities. We are the convenor of changemakers, bringing together the right resources, support, and connections that drive growth for businesses across the entire maturity curve, from idea to Fortune 50.

Our community is rooted in Chicago with a reach that spans the globe, with over 1,500 members and an expansive network of mentors, corporate sponsors, university partners, VCs, alumni, and policymakers.

Early stage

Early stage members are new and experienced entrepreneurs that are working to turn their idea into a reality. We provide the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community they need to build the foundation for sustained success.

Growth stage

Growth stage members are scaling companies that are looking to translate their experience into long-term strategic success. We deliver the necessary solutions to help them turn opportunities into desired outcomes and cement their credibility as leaders in their industry and community.

Corporate Innovators

Corporate innovators are industry-leading companies who are looking to invest in the future of tech and push the boundaries of what is possible. We create tailored, consultative solutions to deliver the necessary connections, resources, and programming they need to lead.

Looking to join 1871?

Make sure to browse our membership pages: Early Stage, Growth Stage, Corporate Innovator, Small Business.

Due to COVID-19, our public tours are on hold. In the meantime, you can learn all about our vibrant community and the many resources 1871 provides by:

Attending an Early Stage Info Session (Weekly)

Signing up for a Growth Stage Membership Consultation