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1871 believes Chicago is the best place in the country for women entrepreneurs to start a business. With that in mind, we’ve created WiSTEM, a 12-week program that helps early-stage female founders develop, launch, and grow tech businesses faster. 

Program

The WISTEM program offers:

  • A tailored experience – WiSTEM is a rigorous, yet flexible program structured around the challenges and opportunities faced by female entrepreneurs
  • Content and mentorship designed specifically around the individual companies admitted into the program
  • Weekly 1:1 mentorship from WiSTEM’s EIR, a successful female-founder passionate about supporting early-stage female founders
  • Access to the 1871 community and all of its resources, including office space
  • Mentorship from some of Chicago’s top female (and male) business leaders
  • Join WiSTEM’s alumni network of 100+ female founders
  • Access to capital through 1871’s strong connections to the city’s top venture capitalists
  • A dedicated Program Manager who curates mentors, investor introduction, networking & pitch events, and more specifically for the WiSTEM community

You qualify for WiSTEM if you:

  • Have at least one woman as a co-founder
  • Have a technology or tech-enabled business

 

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Impact

business-woman-1  120 women entrepreneurs

meeting-purple  2,900 women connected

flash-purple  200 new jobs created

down-arrow-purple-e1522706861258  $1.5M in gross revenues

dollar-symbol-purple  $13M in capital raised

Meet Cohort 10

Fall 2019

Balodana

Balodana is an online department store where women can find hundreds of unique designs from global designers that are all made-to-measure, precisely to your body.

Founder: Dana Todd (Founder/CEO/CMO) & Nisha Katti (Co-founder)
Twitter: @balodanafashion
Instagram: @balodana

 

Cloche Invest

Cloche is an online investment platform for millennial women that uses goal based investing to create a new generation of financially independent women.

Founder: Peyton Pritikin (Co-founder/CEO) &  Ari Carter (Co-Founder & CFO)
Instagram: @clocheinvest

 

emBorrow

emBorrow is a community built around a technology ecosystem to provide fertility financing, support and education tailored for women and couples.

Founder: Kati Deutschle (Co-Founder & CEO) & Michael Anzola (Co-Founder & CTO)
Instagram: @emborrow

 

Law Co

LawCo is a free app/website that instantly connects people in need of legal help to lawyers, on demand and in real-time.

Founder: Lauren Glennon (Founder & CEO)
Twitter: @lawco_
Instagram: @get_lawco

 

Honest Game PBC

Honest Game is a technology solution for high school student-athletes, school counselors and college coaches that delivers transparency via verified academic data to demystify and deliver equal access to academic eligibility.

Founder: Kim Michelson (Co-Founder & CEO) & Joyce Anderson (Co-Founder & COO)
Twitter: @honestgamencaa
Instagram: @honestgamencaa

 

LeveledPro

LeveledPro is a project management tool for homeowners and investors to conveniently track and fund their home renovation projects.

Founder: Tiffany Griffin (Partner) & Marvin LaBranche (Partner)
Instagram: @LeveledPro

 

LifeWeb

LifeWeb is a memorial tool that effortlessly curates a multidimensional celebration of a life lived.

Founder: Ali Briggs (Co-Founder & CEO) & Rachele Louis (Co-Founder & COO)
Instagram: @lifeweb360

 

Manifest Ledger

Manifest makes 401k transfers seamless.
Founder: Meenakshi Lakshmanan (Co-Founder & CTO)

 

Ride with Roady

Roady is the calendar for your social life.

Founder: Rebecca Klor (Co-founder & CEO) & Austin Jenkins (Co-founder & CCO)
Twitter: @ridewithroady
Instagram: @ridewithroady

 

Senior Checks & Balances

Concierge home, health & daily money management for seniors.

Founder: Jill Dillingham (Founder & President)

Past Cohorts

Cohort 9 shares their thoughts the value of WiSTEM, the challenges of startup life, and the power of community.

Questions? Email [email protected]