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Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Why You Should Launch a Startup in Chicago

Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-03-19

At the turn of the 21st century, Chicago was once referred to as the  “flyover city”. Venture funds would fly back and forth from Silicon Valley to Boston, completely ignoring technology startups in the Midwest.

All that has changed now, and homegrown companies like Groupon have prompted a rippling effect in the startup ecosystem, influencing hundreds of digital startups to emerge from the area. With a look back at Chicago's startup past and present, it's clear Chicago is a rising startup hub that presents future entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunity.

If you would like to launch an impactful startup, the Chicago Founder Institute is currently enrolling. Apply today!

So what are some of the benefits of starting up in Chicago?

We spoke with Jason Jacobsohn, the Director of the Chicago Founder Institute. With expertise in startup funding and investor readiness, Jason has mentored close to a thousand companies in the "The Windy City".

In this installment of FI Behind the Scenes, Jason pinpoints three benefits for launching a company in Chicago.

1. It’s more affordable than other cities.

You’re not paying millions of dollars to buy or even rent office space in Chicago. The costs are a lot better here.”

2. You have support from the city.

It’s a really good time to be in the startup [scene] here, the mayor has pushed investment into the space and there is a huge push for [small businesses] in the ecosystem. You have support from the city, large corporations, and programs like Founder Institute. There are a ton of resources here.”

3. Smaller market

It’s not as large as the Silicon Valley market, so you can be a big fish in a small pond, and make a big difference.”

After coaching entrepreneurs in for the past five years, Jason shares the most satisfying aspect of helping entrepreneurs launch in Chicago: 

If you could use expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Chicago, then apply today.


(CHICAGO Skyline via Shutterstock)

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