Local Startup Resources (Chicago and Evanston)

This is a list of startup resources available to you here in the Chicago area (and within the NU community).  Some of them are industry-specific and others are not.  


Calendar of Local Startup Events – by Built-In Chicago

The Levy Center at KSM – Kellogg’s Entrepreneurial Center

Chicago Ideas Week – Chicago Ideas Week is a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders created to provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results. Our goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations, and establish a community of people who have the desire to achieve great things

TechWeek – Annual Technology Conference in Chicago

Co-Working/Innovation Centers:

1871 – Co-working space, mentoring and programming for tech entrepreneurs

MATTER – Co-working and innovation space for healthcare startups

Illinois Technology Association/Tech Nexus – Technology co-working space and entrepreneurship organization

Northwestern Incubator – Startup incubation space in Evanston for NU students

Additional Incubators/Co-working Spaces in Chicago

Entrepreneurial Communities & Organizations:

Built-in Chicago (Tech) – Organization that connects the Chicago startup community

Tech Cocktail (Tech) – 
A media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad.

Health 2.0 (Healthcare)  – Community focusing on health-tech entrepreneurship

Chicago Innovation Mentors (Healthcare) – Mentorship organization focused on healthcare and life sciences startups

Propel (for life sciences companies)  (Healthcare) – Mentorship and programming for life sciences startups

Technori  (Tech) – Technori empowers, educates, and connects starters around the world through our online platform. Host pitch and networking events

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center  (Tech)- Support organization for Chicago tech entrepreneurs (also manages 1871)


TechStars – Startup accelerator program (digital-focused)

Healthbox Accelerator – Accelerator for health IT companies

Impact Engine – Community focusing on health-tech entrepreneurship

Additional NU Entrepreneurship Communities & Organizations

Segal Design Institute – Northwestern’s Design School

Entrepreneurial Law Center – NU Law School’s clinic for NU-originated startups

Farley Center for Entrepreneurship – McCormick School of Engineering (NU) Entrepreneurship Center

Farley Center Student Organizations Around Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur @ NU Conference (and Business Plan Competition) – Annual Entrepreneur Conference and Business Plan Competition at NU


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