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Incubators, Accelerators & Programs


1871 is home to several nationally-recognized accelerators – fixed-term, cohort-based programs that support specially selected startups in target industries. If you are interested in applying your startup for any of these accelerators or simply want to learn more, check out the below!


The Food Foundry


The Food Foundry is a Chicago-based accelerator program by Relish Works built in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871. The Food Foundry supports, connects, and propels innovative startups who are reimagining the foodservice industry.

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VentureSCALE is the Midwest’s first and only Sales Accelerator dedicated to helping early-stage, B2B tech companies build a foundation for scalable revenue growth.

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1871+IHCC Latinx Icubator


The Latinx Incubator provides entrepreneurs with strategic programming, resources, technical support and access to networks over the course of a 12-week program, culminating in a showcase event.

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Sente Advisory


Sente Advisory is an international accelerator that works with high-potential entrepreneurs and helps them scale to the global stage at 1871.

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Launched in 2015 by 1871, WiSTEM (Women in STEM) is a 12-week curriculum-based program that connects women to capital, community, and technology resources.

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The Techstars Accelerator program in Chicago attracts a diverse set of founders from all over the world and provides access to investment, mentorship, and collaboration with other top entrepreneurs.

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Bunker Labs


A national not-for-profit built by U.S. military veterans, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentorship, events, and thriving local networks to support veteran entrepreneurs.

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An accelerator for real-estate startups, Elmspring leverages an unparalleled network of housing professionals, mentors, investors, and strategic partners to help new companies jumpstart their growth.

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Good Food Business Accelerator


FamilyFarmed is driven by the social mission to advance the Good Food movement and support businesses, systems, and infrastructure that promote the growth of local food.

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