Illinois Technology Assocation

The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) scales Illinois tech companies. With innovative resources that allow members to collaborate, build their talent networks and elevate their local and national presence, ITA is the region’s strongest advocate for fostering innovation and growth. Founded in 2005 and supporting 500-plus growth-stage tech companies, ITA has a rich history of driving business forward.


ITA focuses on scaling Illinois tech companies. Whether you are looking to build your team, promote your business or collaborate with like-minded tech executives, we’ve got you covered.

We aren’t a place you “go” – we are a network you access, a resource you leverage, an advisor you trust.

At ITA you’ll find your peers. Peers that are past the start-up stage and are looking for the next level of growth. ITA is here to help – to connect you, to educate you and to provide the resources you need to scale your business. Think of our staff as an extension of yours.


  • Access – We provide the ecosystem and infrastructure to network with other similar-sized, fast-growing companies. From our CEO dinner to our IoT Summit, we help facilitate education and connections that result in growth opportunities for you and your business.
  • Talent – Finding and retaining talent is hard. We help make it easier with services like our Talent Portal and consulting from our in-house talent expert. We are also working hard to promote Chicago as a premier destination for tech talent at conferences and universities throughout the country.
  • Visibility – We get the word out about our members; leveraging our outlets for your content is part of membership. We can work with you to develop a multi-part article series, promote your news and more – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional media outlets.


Services Provided

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Startup Drinks

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Placement

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Award Recognition


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
Primary Contact
Julia Kanouse
20 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Floor 12
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 924-1443