Corporate innovators

Corporate innovators

1871 helps corporate innovators move the needle on impactful change, invest in the future of their industry, and push the boundaries of what is possible.

Innovation spotlight

Learn about the corporate experience straight from our members.

Michelle Michael
Michelle Michael

“Our partnership with 1871 has been invaluable. It’s been a wonderful avenue to connect with valuable talent and industry contacts, and the content that they provide free to their members is exceptional… from marketing skills to career development.”

Michelle Michael
Director, Brand + Recruitment
Basis Technologies

Joe DeCosmo
Joe DeCosmo

“1871 has provided my team and me with numerous opportunities to learn and network with Chicago’s Tech organizations. The events, webinars and awards bring together the best in Chicago Tech and make our partnership invaluable.”

Joe DeCosmo

Jim Conti
Jim Conti

“1871 Growth’s talent programs have been great. From data on peer companies to professional development, 1871 Growth provides support to grow our presence in Chicago and beyond.”

Jim Conti
VP, Talent

Network of support

Our community is designed with your goals in mind.


Corporate innovation partners


Alumni and current member tech startups


 Industries represented

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Accelerate your innovation efforts

We offer tailored resources and impactful products in the following areas. 

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Attract and retain top tech talent that will elevate your employer brand.

Internal innovation

Reinvigorate your employees’ creative capabilities and foster an entrepreneurial mindset. 

External innovation

Access our global network of startups that can shape new solutions for your most complex problems.

Civic impact

Empower your company  to make a difference in the communities you serve.

  • DEI founder programs (BLKtech, WMNtech, LTNtech)
  • Community Resource Groups (Juneteenth, IWD
  • Need based scholarships
  • Entrepreneurship empowerment grants 

Book a discovery call

Learn what it means to be an 1871 member company! We’ll share all the new and exciting initiatives, programs, and resources that will positively impact your company’s ROI.

Our corporate innovation pod

Our dedicated corporate team will help you learn the benefits of joining our community, as well as a path forward to meet your goals.

Stephanie miller

Stephanie Miller 



Suneet Lad
Director Corporate Membership

You'll be in good company

We’ve worked with 100+ of the country’s top companies to unlock their innovation potential. View all!


Choose your experience

As an 1871 corporate member, you’ll receive the following benefits regardless of your level. Each subsequent level includes all of the offerings of the previous level.

Membership levels

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Level 1:

Join our thriving start-up ecosystem by immersing your team in our tech community both in-person and virtually.


Team members

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Level 2:

Unlock the entrepreneurial mindset of your employees by deepening  your investment with opportunities to enroll your team in our entrepreneurial programming.


Team members

Access to intrapreneurial programming

Access to Innovation Labs


Executive fireside chat with 1871

Level 3:

Enjoy a full suite of innovation offerings tailored to solve your most pressing innovation challenges with a tailored approach in one of our 3 tracks.

Custom membership experience

Talent innovation

Internal innovation

External innovation innovation

Non-membership options

Not ready to start a membership but want to discuss engagement opportunities?


Sponsor a program

Sponsor an event

Start a new initiative with us

Access a la cart pricing options

Case studies

Case studies

View some of our top press coverage for our corporate partnerships!


WMNfintech in partnership with BMO Harris Bank is bridging the gender gap in the tech space by pairing women-led startups that create services or solutions for the financial sector with industry-specific education and executive mentors.

  • 3 cohorts 
  • 50% women of color
  • 2 companies went on to partner with BMO Harris Bank

Equifax Accelerate

In this immersive, three-phase product development studio in partnership with Equifax, participating entrepreneurs design, build, and showcase new products leveraging Equifax’s suite of API tools. 

  • Attracted 100+ early stage companies
  • 10 finalists were selected to participate in our 12-week product studio

Food Foundry

Food Foundry in partnership with Relish Works and Gordon Food Service supports, connects, and propels startups that are reimagining the food industry. 

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Press highlights

Press highlights

View some of our top press coverage for our corporate partnerships!