When launching a shuttle into orbit, there’s a crucial moment before the thrust of the boosters takes over and rights the rocket when a small number of pyrotechnic bolts, or PYROS for short, hold the entire ignited system in place.

Upon launch, every startup needs a support system ⏤ that’s us. Our PYROS initiative puts you on the trajectory to success.

We are your mission control.

PYROS is the platform upon which our educational programming and workshops are built. As a member, you’re placed into a community of your peers and on the trajectory toward success. By going through the workshops and curriculum at each stage, you will gain an understanding about what comes next for your business and for you, as a founder.

Three Stages

PYROS is built upon the three stages every startup goes through. You are placed into a community of peers at each stage, so you have access to the right resources at exactly the right moment for your business.


You’ve got an idea or early stage product that you’re passionate about. You can’t wait to test it.


You’ve validated and deeply understand a problem worth solving, including the business model to prove it. Your product is in customers’ hands with early market signs that you’re on the right track.


Customers love your product and you are ready to take off. You’ve got the data to show it and a robust analytics funnel to analyze the results of growth tests.

PYROS Founder Profile

Osayanmo “Osa” Osarenkho

Founder, Gyst Audio

Solving: How to produce human voice narrations for digital content

Seeking: Ways to close gaps in my business’ momentum

Found: More security as a founder

“I came in with this assumption that I knew what I was doing. And the first thing I learned was that I don’t, I don’t know what I’m doing. But the second thing I learned was 1871 is a place where you can learn how to do those things, or you can learn how to cover those gaps.”

Osayanmo “Osa” Osarenkho | Founder, Gyst Audio

Seeking Founders

Regardless of stage, the PYROS platform can assist you in your business. Founders who have joined:

  • Deeply understand the problem they are solving
  • Are eager to learn
  • Work to push their business to the next stage
  • Thrive in group learning environments

Initiate Pyros for Your Business

How can you learn more about what we can do for you? 

  1. Attend an INFO session
  2. Join 1871
  3. Work with your advisor to select a program
  4. Sync up with your fellow founders

Get in Touch

Interested in joining the community of founders at Chicago’s central digital technology hub, but not sure where to begin? Leave us a message and we will get in touch.

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Floor 12, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654