Chicago, Illinois

Top universities, capital, a renowned innovation hub (1871), and an abundance of resources contribute to “The Windy City’s” image as a powerhouse in the startup landscape.

Government & NGO ServicesGrants / FundingAccion Chicago
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI)
Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
ProgramEconomic Development Program
SARE Program
Chamber / City OrganizationsChicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Streeterville Chamber of Commerce
Co-Working Spaces1871
Blue 1647
Coalition Coworking
Industrious Chicago
Make Offices
WeWork Chicago
EventsstARTup Art Fair
ChicagoRuby Meetup
Startup Weekend
UniversitiesTop UniversitiesLoyola University Chicago
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
Startup ProgramsLoyola University Chicago: LUC @ 1871
Northwestern University: Northwestern Innovation/ Guide
The University of Chicago: UChicago Startup Investment Program
Accelerator / Incubators1871
Bunker Labs Chicago
Clean Energy Trust
Energy Foundry
Founder Institute Chicago
Good Food Accelerator
Insight Accelerator
Moderne Ventures
Plug and Play Chicago
Sunshine Enterprises
Techstars Chicago Accelerator
WiSTEM 1871
Innovation Hubs1871 Chicago
Coalition Impact
Odds & EndsL Street Collaborative
News OrganizationsBlue Sky Innovation
Built in Chicago
Chicago Inno
Tech in Chicago podcast
Chicago Business News
Eric Lefkofsky’s Blog
Breaking VC (Ezra Galston)
Points and Figures
FundingVenture CapitalApex Venture Partners
ARCH Venture Partners
Baird Capital*
Batterson Venture Partners
BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners
Caerus Investment Partners
Chicago Ventures
First Analysis Venture Capital
Founder Equity
Guild Capital
Harbor Street Ventures
Hyde Park Venture Partners
Illinois Ventures
Impact Engine
KB Partners
KDWC Ventures
Listen Ventures
MATH Venture Partners
Mercury Fund
Neighborhood Start Fund
NextGen Venture Partners
Nin Ventures
OCA Ventures
Origin Ventures
Pallasite Ventures
Pritzker Group Venture Capital*
Promus Ventures
Platform Ventures
Roa Ventures
Romar Partners
Sandbox Industries*
Treehouse Ventures — focused on real estate and construction
Tribal Ventures
True North Venture Partners — focused on energy, water, agriculture and waste
Vue Ventures
West Loop Ventures
Adam Street Partners
http://Amiti Ventures
Baxter Ventures
Chicago Growth Partners
CME Ventures
Duchossois Technology Partners
JK&B Capital
Jump Capital
Lincoln Park Capital
MK Capital
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
Victory Park Capital
Wicklow Capital
Angel InvestmentThe Angel Investors of Chicago
Chicago ArchAngels
Chicago Media Angels
Cornerstone Angels
Harvard Business School Angels of Chicago
Hyde Park Angels
MD Angels (formerly TiE Angels Midwest)
West Suburban Angels
Convention & Vistors BureauChicago Conventions
Cloud Gate
Millennium Park
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Largest EmployersBaird & Warner
Abt Electronics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Coyote Logistics
Hyatt Hotels
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
JLL – Real Estate
Sidley Austin
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Discover Financial Services
U.S. Government (Chicago Federal Executive Board)
Chicago Public Schools
City of Chicago
Cook County
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Boeing Co.
Walgreen Co.
United Continental Holdings Inc.
Sears Holdings Corp.
Advocate Health Care



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