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November 15, 2018

Hyatt Regency Chicago


The 11th Annual Momentum Awards, hosted by 1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, is one of the tech community’s most highly-anticipated events of the year. This November, we celebrate the Emergent — the emergent technologies, leaders, and opportunities that embody the creative potential of change and innovation. These exciting pathways of possibility are illuminated by the brightest minds and blazing visions of the Chicago entrepreneurial community, which we are honored to serve.

5:30PM Reception
7:00PM Dinner
9:00PM Afterparty


Individual Seats
Single tickets can be purchased for $1,000. If interested, please email [email protected]


Full Table Sponsorship
Would your corporation like to get involved? View the 2018 Sponsorship Packet below.

2018 Sponsorship Packet



Nominate a company for the 2018 Momentum Award below.

Nominate a Company


The Corporate Champion Award

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact through community focused efforts throughout the Chicagoland area. Past recipients include A.T. Kearney (2015), Comcast (2016), and McDonald’s (2017).


The Chicagoness Award

Bestowed upon individuals or companies that exemplify the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community, which include hard work, inclusion and commitment to collective opportunity. Past recipients include Impact Engine (2015) and Outcome Health (formerly ContextMedia) Co-Founders Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah (2016), and music artist Lupe Fiasco (2017).


The Entrepreneurial Champion Award

Given to an individual entrepreneur to recognize his or her personal dedication to the Chicago tech community through mentorship, civic leadership and economic contributions. Past recipients include James O’Connor, Jr., Jai Shekhawat, Jeff Aronin, J.B. Pritzker, Richard Melman, Tom Ricketts, Gordon and Carol Segal, Michael Ferro, Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky.


The Momentum Awards

Recognizes companies that are on track to become the next great companies to emerge in Chicago. The awards are separated into two categories: The Momentum Award, which recognizes a company more than five years old, and the Rising Star Momentum Award, which honors a company less than five years old. Past recipients of the Momentum Award include Avant, kCura, Braintree, GrubHub, Eved, SAVVO, @properties, and most recently, tastytrade. The Rising Star Award has been previously awarded to Civis Analytics and Tock.



Check out highlights from last year’s 10th Annual Momentum Awards.

2018 Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

BMO Harris Bank
Incisent Labs

Founding Sponsor

Relish Works
Cushman & Wakefield
WP Global
Edgewater Funds
Polsky Center at University of Chicago

Startup Sponsor

Crown Castle
OCA Ventures
Lettuce Entertain You
Mind + Matter Studios
Met Capital
Keeper Security
Pritzker Group Venture Partners
Chicago Ventures
SMS Assist
Sheppard Mullin
Spot Hero
Horizon Pharma
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC
Weber Shandwick