Momentum

09/23/2021 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm CST
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  • Growth Stage

Momentum
Awards

09.23.21
5 PM - 11 PM CST

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

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That's a wrap!

Congratulations 2021 winners!

From 200 public nominations to 25 finalists, we are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Momentum Awards.

Rising Star

Momentum

CityLIGHTS

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Outstanding Tech CEO

Industry Disruptor

1871's 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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

A hybrid experience

We look forward to gathering safely and in-person at this year’s 14th Annual Momentum Awards.

This year’s hybrid event format promises a unique opportunity to come together in-person at Revel Motor Row (with COVID precautions in place) or guests can join us virtually from anywhere in the world via our live-streaming platform.

We have a fun-filled event with a virtual pre-event networking + entertainment experience, silent auction, and live-stream access to the awards ceremony celebrating tech industry leaders.

Safety notice

Health and safety is our top priority at 1871. We adhere to the Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and as a result our guidance will continue to be updated.

For those joining us in-person, we will require proof of vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) OR a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of the event. 

Masks will be required indoors and strongly recommended for any outdoor spaces. We are expecting about 500 people in person, and the venue has capacity for 2,600 giving us significant room to practice social distancing both indoors and outdoors.

Event details

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Doors open, passed appetizers

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Cocktail reception featuring open bar, dinner buffet (starting at 6:30 PM) and silent auction 

8:00 – 9:00 PM | Momentum Awards Ceremony 

9:00 – 11:00 PM | After Party featuring  DJ Jay iLLa, , open bar, desserts and coffee bar (silent auction bidding concludes at 9:00 PM)

Location

This year’s Momentum Awards will take place on the main floor of Revel Motor Row. Revel Motor Row is  anADA accessible venue. Any guests requiring ADA can access the venue space through the courtyard. Guests should enter from Michigan Ave and follow the ramp into the court.

Parking

Limited valet parking is provided at Revel Motor Row.

Accessibility

This year’s Momentum Awards will take place on the main floor of Revel Motor Row. Revel Motor Row is  anADA accessible venue. Any guests requiring ADA can access the venue space through the courtyard. Guests should enter from Michigan Ave and follow the ramp into the court.

Tickets

All tickets include access to two pre-event networking + entertainment experiences. Guests may choose to select one or enjoy both events. 

Individual In-person Ticket: $1,000

Individual Virtual Ticket: $50 

Virtual Ticket Package (Includes 5 virtual tickets): $225

Virtual Ticket Package (Includes 5 virtual tickets)” $450

* All tickets are non refundable

Pre-event experiences

Pre-Event Entertainment + Networking Experiences
Exclusive Virbela 1871 VX Demonstration 

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Do you miss the human connection of in-person experiences? Join Virbela for an exclusive demonstration of 1871 VX, an immersive online campus that provides those needed interactions from a safe distance with global access. Not only will you be able to engage with the content and programming that makes 1871 such an invaluable resource, but you will also be able to foster the relationships that can lead to extraordinary outcomes.

Cocktail Demonstration featuring a Mixologist, Alex Torres from Limelight Catering 

7:30 PM- 8:00 PM

Join Alex Torres, Bartender and Bar Trainer for Limelight Catering, for an interactive cocktail-making session featuring tonight’s 2021 Momentum signature cocktail. Guests will be provided with a shopping list before coming together virtually to mix up tonight’s delicious featured cocktail to enjoy during the Momentum Awards

Thank you to our sponsors!

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.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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