Growth Stage

Bound to scale

You’ve laid the foundation for success, and now it’s time to bring the world along as you scale. 1871 delivers to you the solutions you need to support your growth and cement your credibility as a leader in your industry and community.

“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
Chief Analytics and Technology Officer

“Centro’s 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.”

Michelle Michael

Michelle Michael
Director, Employer Brand/Recruiting Ops

“When I took the role to introduce Dialexa to the Chicago market, the first action I took was to join 1871. 1871 has been a significant help in getting connected into the Chicago technology community, both from a talent and brand awareness standpoint.”

Jonathan Williams
Partner, Chicago Market Leader

Resources that make owning your growth trajectory easy

If you’re a scaling company looking to translate your experience into long-term strategic growth, 1871 helps you turn opportunities into desired outcomes. We provide expansive resources and productive connections that will positively impact your ROI, including: 

  • A robust talent pipeline and professional development programming which both helps you create scalable growth in your team, deepen your investment in your employees, and cultivate your most important asset; your people.  
  • Dedicated marketing promotion via 1871’s social media channels, newsletters, blog, and award-winning programs to elevate your company.
  • Valuable connections and peer support to help you capitalize on every opportunity for growth.

You'll be in good company

Our growth stage members include some of the biggest names in Chicago tech. Browse the full list here.


Choose your experience

Tier 1


For companies who want to gain access to the community

With an Access tier membership, you’ll enjoy over 180+ of 1871’s annual events, as well as dedicated marketing and professional development training to extend your reach and relevance. 

Tier 2


For companies who want to deepen their connection with the community

In the Connect tier, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of an Access membership plus additional opportunities to connect with top-level professionals through our job board and talent referral pipeline. 

Tier 3


For companies who want to extend their influence in the community

As a member in the Influence tier, you’ll receive every offering of the previous tiers, as well as exclusive 1871 event sponsorship, co-branding, and speaking opportunities that will establish your brand as a leader in your industry. 


to the community


with the community


the community

Access to 180+ events & programs

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities

Member rate for professional development training

Inclusion in our Perks Guide

Features in our blog & newsletter




Social amplification via our channels




Event inclusion via our newsletter & website

Access to our space and amenities

Complimentary access to professional development training



Unlimited posting on our job board

Personal invites to leadership events

Access to university partnerships & student network

Talent referral pipeline

Dedicated membership advocate

Tailored community connections to accelerate business growth

Co-branding opportunities for targeted leadership events

Guaranteed speaking opportunity through 1871

Complimentary access to our annual ScaleUp & CorpInno summits


$ 3,500/yr

$ 8,500/yr

$ 15,000/yr

Interested in any of the above?

Supporting programs

Bring your full self to 1871. Our specialized identity and industry programs are carefully tailored to help you embrace your unique strengths, connect with industry insiders who will champion your success, and break down the barriers you face. To join, apply to be a growth stage member.

Women Leadership Accelerator

Get the support you need to grow, advocate for yourself, and achieve your career goals in 1871’s four-month leadership accelerator and mentoring initiative devoted to cultivating the next generation of women leaders in business. Learn more


Talent Advisory Board (TAB)

Internet of Things (IoT)

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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