Chicago Startups

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Chicago is on the verge. In 2012, a new startup company launched every 24 hours in Chicago. Needless to say, the chi-town startup scene is one to brag about. Co-working space 1871 is said to have had the first major collaborative area for Chicago entrepreneurs. They share ideas, receive advice, and have round-the-clock access to office space.

Since then, many co-working spaces and incubators have become a place where those in Chicago who believe there idea is the next big thing can work. People working in Chicago say it has all the values of an international city, with a lower cost of living than on the coasts.

As you could probably guess, Chicago has many events for hungry businessmen itching to get the word out about their projects. Places like Startup Bootcamp have Data Pitch Day and if you look up events on the Built in Chicago page, there’s nearly one every single day. Chicago is certainly an up and coming hub for innovation.

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8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

YEC | July 13, 2015

“Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective …

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Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

Matt Hunckler | January 5, 2015 Why Start a Business

What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson …

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Why 11-year-old “Super Business Girl” Has an All-Star Pitch

Matt Hunckler | September 22, 2014

“I’m asking for an eight dollar investment because not only are you investing into me, but you’re investing into my future and my business,” says 11-year-old Asia Newson. This kid has something that makes her pitch for her “Super Business Girl” business irresistible. See for yourself: What!? OK, take my money. I was in. The …

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Matt Hunckler | August 7, 2014

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Matt Hunckler | July 2, 2014

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Alec Synnestvedt | November 5, 2013