December 3, 2012   |   Share:     |  

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Produced for the 1871 collective located in Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart.  The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. What started 140 years ago continues to this day.

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 nearly 500 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 140,000 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, Trinity University, and DePaul University.


CEC promotes and grows the startup community in Chicago. We develop programs, establish partnerships and run projects that provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build successful, sustainable businesses.


CEC is funded through private entities and corporations. It is also supported by numerous emerging and successful entrepreneurs, established businesses and academia that recognize the importance of entrepreneurs and the impact the CEC has on the local economy.


The Momentum Awards Dinner is put on by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center for the benefit of 1871, its flagship project, and is the biggest celebration of the past, present and future of entrepreneurship in Chicago. Fundraising for the dinner provides key support for various initiatives that directly support Chicago’s entrepreneurs.


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