Friday, June 24, 2016

Chicago's Startup Accelerators, Incubators & Co-Working Spaces

Posted By: George Deeb - 6/24/2016


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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.

Chicago Accelerators

Accelerators have a formal education curriculum and program.

Founder Institute

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Platform Venture

Sunshine Enterprise (for Woodlawn area companies)


Chicago Incubators--Generalist

Incubators are lead by one organization, who co-locate many startups in one place.

Blue 1647





The Cultivator

Venture Shot

Chicago Incubators--Specific

These incubators have a specific focus for startups they work with.

Arts Incubator in Washington Park (art)

Bunker Labs (veteran run)

Chicago Connectory (Internet of Things)

Chicago Fashion Incubator (fashion at Macy's)

Cisco EIR (internet of things at CIE)

Cleveland Avenue (food & beverage)

Coalition: Energy (energy)

Coalition: Impact (social impact)

DMDII (manufacturing)

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)

NAR Reach (real estate)

Panzanzee (social impact)

Pearson Catalyst (education by Pearson)

Propel (life sciences)

2112 (music/film/creative)

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)

Innovate (UIC)

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

Ringleader Ventures

Sandbox Industries

Chicago Startup Studios

Startup studios or venture labs, build startups for third party companies or themselves.

Digital Intent

Incisent Labs

Insight Studios

L Street Collaborative

Prota Ventures


Startup Foundry

Treehouse Adventures

Wavetable Labs

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.



Be Office

Building Blocks

Carr Workplaces

coLab (in Evanston)

CoWorkers (in Wilmette)

Creative Coworking


Desklabs (in Lakeview)

813 Launch Pad


Englewood Accelerator


Free Range Office (in Wicker Park)

Fulton Carroll Center



Inspire Business Center


Logan Share

Next Door (by State Farm)

Next Space

Office Port


Onward Coworking

Platform Coworking (in Wicker Park and Ravenswood)


Serendipity Labs

Space by Doejo

Spirtle Space

Suite Spotte (in LaGrange)

The Beta at BKB

The Shift

The Study

The Warehouse (at Lightbank)


Work Better



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, let me know if I should add any others.

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