I have previously written about Chicago's exploding startup ecosystem. And, startup activity is organizing around certain startup accelerators, incubators, startup studios and shared offices in town. A few entrepreneurs asked me to compile a list of the key players in this space, so here you go.
Accelerators have a formal education curriculum and program.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Sunshine Enterprise (for Woodlawn area companies)
Incubators are lead by one organization, who co-locate many startups in one place.
These incubators have a specific focus for startups they work with.
Arts Incubator in Washington Park (art)
Bunker Labs (veteran run)
Chicago Fashion Incubator (fashion at Macy's)
Cisco EIR (internet of things at CIE)
Coalition: Energy (energy)
Coalition: Impact (social impact)
DVX Labs (education by DeVry)
Elmspring (real estate)
Fulton Street Collective (art)
Good Food (food)
Healthbox (health care)
IHCC (hispanic run)
Insight Accelerator Labs (healthcare)
Impact Engine (social impact)
Indie City Co-op (video games)
Leap Innovations (education)
Lost Arts (makers)
Maker Lab (at Chicago Public Library
Matter (health care)
mHUB (manufactured products)
Panzanzee (social impact)
Pearson Catalyst (education by Pearson)
Propel (life sciences)
Windy City Harvest Farm (agriculture with Chicago Botanic Garden)
WiSTEM (female run)
Chicago Incubators--University Related
These incubators are affiliated with startups at specific universities.
Chicago Innovation Exchange (U-Chicago)
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (DePaul)
HCB Incubator (Roosevelt)
LUC @ 1871 (Loyola)
The Garage (Northwestern)
UI Labs (Illinois)
University Tech Park (IIT)
Chicago Incubators--Venture Fund Related
These incubators are run by venture funds who co-locate their portfolio companies
Moderne Ventures (real estate)
New Coast Ventures
Chicago Startup Studios
Startup studios or venture labs, build startups for third party companies or themselves.
L Street Collaborative
Chicago Co-Working Spaces
Co-working spaces simply allow many startups to rent smaller spaces or cubicles, with shared services, at affordable rates. But, it is typically only a real estate play.
coLab (in Evanston)
CoWorkers (in Wilmette)
Desklabs (in Lakeview)
813 Launch Pad
Free Range Office (in Wicker Park)
Fulton Carroll Center
Inspire Business Center
Next Door (by State Farm)
Platform Coworking (in Wicker Park and Ravenswood)
Space by Doejo
Suite Spotte (in LaGrange)
The Beta at BKB
The Warehouse (at Lightbank)
These are everyone that I am aware of as of the date of this post. I am sure there may be others I missed or that are in development. So, please add others that you know in the comments section.
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