1871 is a proud member of the Google for Entrepreneurs North American Tech Hub Network. Google for Entrepreneurs enables tech hubs by providing them with technical content, business tools, and infrastructure upgrades so that they can support increasing demand from developers and startups. In addition to 1871 in Chicago, GFE tech hubs are located in Minneapolis, Waterloo, Nashville, Durham, Denver, Detroit, Montreal, San Francisco, and Austin.
On top of the ongoing programming, events, and support that Google for Entrepreneurs provides to each of its North American Tech Hubs, GFE provides a number of special opportunities to startups within the hubs. Each year, startups are selected directly from the hubs to pitch their companies to an audience of Silicon Valley investors as part of the Google Demo Day. 1871 member companies WeDeliver and MarkITx received $100,000 investments from Steve Case in 2014, and 1871 member company inRentive received a $100,000 investment in 2015. 1871 members also have the opportunity to participate in the GFE Blackbox Connect programs that occur throughout the year.
1871 is also one of three GFE North American Tech Hubs to pilot the Google/CODE2040 Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program. The EIR in each Tech Hub will plays a critical role in supporting minority entrepreneurial talent around the country. To help achieve that goal, each EIR receives $40,000 in seed capital to help grow their businesses, work space in the partner Tech Hub in their locations, a trip to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley for Google- and CODE2040-led training and networking, mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs in the Google for Entrepreneurs and CODE2040 networks, and support from CODE2040 on the creation of community impact through diversity, inclusion, and community building events throughout the year. 1871’s EIR, Riana Lynn, is the co-founder and CEO of FoodTrace, and was recently recognized at the first-ever White House Demo Day for her entrepreneurial endeavors.