1871

1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support founders, growth scalers and innovators building extraordinary businesses.

About

1871 is Chicago’s technology hub and the #1 ranked private business incubator in the world. It exists to inspire, equip, and support early stage, growth stage and corporate innovators in building extraordinary businesses. 1871 is home to ~450 technology startups, ~400+ growth stage companies, and ~1,500 members, and is supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area.  The member experience includes virtual and in person access to workshops, events, mentorship, and more. The nonprofit organization has 350 mentors available to its members, alongside access to more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and others. Since its inception in 2012, more than 650 alumni companies are currently still active, have created over 11,000 jobs, and have raised more than $1.65 billion in follow-on capital.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Diversification

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Tax Services
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Tax Credits
  • Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Employee Relations
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • Commercialization
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Operations and Logistics

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Office Space

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Deena Siegel
Address
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
#1212
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone
(312) 239-0310
Website
1871.com