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Mentor or Teach a Workshop

We’re proud that 1871 is a teaching and learning environment.


Our world-class programming — which includes mentor office hours and workshops — is made possible by our amazing network of successful industry experts, VCs, entrepreneurs and educators who collectively volunteer more than 10,000 hours a year in support of Chicago’s startup community.

Become a Mentor

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

Teach a Workshop

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

Why Get Involved?

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

Other Benefits

As an 1871 mentor or workshop facilitator, you also have the opportunity to:


  • Attend 1871 workshops
  • Attend one TGIF Happy Hour every month in order to network with 1871 members and community partners
  • Be introduced to 1871’s broader online audience through various social media features and campaigns
  • Contribute a guest article to the 1871 Blog in order to share your expertise and further build your own brand
  • Utilize professional photography and videography services at a steeply discounted rate
  • Utilize 1871’s state-of-the-art podcast studio
  • Access hundreds of corporate perks and discounts



Questions? Email [email protected]