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Because the theme of our Conference is Entrepreneurship in Chicago 2018: Big City, Big Impact! we are focusing on the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago. We are partnering with the following incubators in Chicago to support our students and alumni. We are also hosting events Friday night during GCEC at each of these tremendous venues.


Illinois Tech and DePaul are members of 1871 and they are a valuable partner for our students and faculty. Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago's digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city's thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 120,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, tech talent schools, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition - the state's leading technology advocate, a number of Chicago-based VCs, and satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, DeVry University, and DePaul University. 


DePaul has a close relationship with BLUE1647, which is a coding academy and incubator on the west-side of Chicago. We have partnered with Blue1647 to conduct a coding academy at DePaul and also participating in their outreach programs. BLUE1647 is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center that fosters economic development in technology and 21st Century skills through people development (classes, workshops, and events around technology), workforce development (through youth and adult technology programs to prepare individuals for high-demand jobs) and Business Acceleration (through shared coworking-services). As a beacon of resource, BLUE1647 provides impactful individuals and organizations the resources to realize their ideas for a better world. Listed in the first City of Chicago Technology Plan, the BLUE1647 community is a vibrant example of the ways in which creative professionals, entrepreneurs, change-makers, and nonprofits can come together to make meaningful, lasting impact.


mHub is an incubator and co-working space in Chicago. It opened this past year and Illinois Tech is partnering with them for their students wanting to design and make physical products. mHUB began after World Business Chicago convened an advisory council of manufacturing leaders to further Mayor Emanuel's Regional Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. The council was tasked with charting a course toward the next great era of Chicagoland manufacturing. The group determined that a manufacturing incubator would be a critical component to maintaining Chicago's leadership in product innovation and manufacturing. IIT is a proud member of mHub.