As an expert in your field, you have the opportunity to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Meet one-on-one with 1871 members in the space or remotely. You’ll be able to set your own schedule, view and edit your appointments through the 1871 Mentor Portal, and build long-lasting relationships with members of the innovation community.Apply to Mentor
1871 provides around 30 workshops a month, which span a variety of topics including business, marketing, strategy, finance, funding, legal, personal and professional development, and more. Our team thoughtfully curates workshops with member companies’ needs in mind in order to help educate, inform, and inspire our entrepreneurs to improve all facets of their business.Teach a Workshop
You can make a real impact. Your expertise, experience, and knowledge will help Chicago’s rising entrepreneurs build better businesses, and you’ll be directly contributing to our collective mission of making Chicago the best city in the world for technology and innovation. Plus, you’ll have access to 1871 networking events and the opportunity to plug into our diverse and vibrant ecosystem of builders, makers, and doers.
Hear from 1871 mentors why they love what they do.
“I love being a resource, sounding board and friend to the startup community leaders that I meet with. From discussing ideas to reviewing challenges to sharing best practices / real-life experiences, I love adding value and empowering these innovators.”
—Kimberly Brown, Centrally Human
As an 1871 mentor or workshop facilitator, you also have the opportunity to:
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