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Chicago Startup Mentor Programs

Chicago reported around $1.5 billion in Venture Capital investments in 2017. It also has become the hub for Fintech in the Midwest United States with 23% of the local VC investment going to Fintech startups over the last 6 years according to 2018’s Startup Genome Report. The city is also consistently top ranked for investment returns which makes it a great place for a startup.

It might be a little difficult to get your start in Chicago with the direct bottom-line mentality. Founders Network connects Chicago Founders with a global network of support to help this. Based in Silicon Valley, Founders Network is a mentorship program that gives our members access to new resources which facilitate Founder growth.

CHICAGO

Mentorship from select Chicago founders

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Gain Access To:
São Paulo Founders Network
Chicago
  • Peer mentorship program with fellow tech founders

  • Global, stage and local founder forums

  • Pitch practice with tier 1 VC’s

  • Proactive support and introductions from staff

  • Biannual global conferences

  • Accelerator grade discounts

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Founders Network Global Stats

Connecting Chicago Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.

$1B+
Collective Capital Raised
$1.1M
Average Funding
600+
Global Founders
55%
Serial Entrepreneurs
100+
FN Global Events

You’ll learn more from the threads seen here everyday than you did in most courses you’ve ever waded through. So dive in, everyone is here because this is exactly what we want to be doing.

Galen Buckwalter
Founder of eHarmony

I’m a very technical person. Not big on the business side of things. Thanks to Founders Network, I’ve received valuable, actionable business advice from both founders and investors alike.

Linden Tibbets
Founder of IFTTT

I would say it’s a very reasonable cost to tap into a worldwide network of entrepreneurs who, as a group, have gone through just about everything you can imagine and have a world of experience they can offer to you.

Will Bunker
Founder of Match.com
Local Leadership Team

Each Founders Network Chapter has an appointed Chapter Leadership Team. Made up of founders who have chosen to volunteer their time, they are on deck to give advice, facilitate events, and lead the growth of the Chapter.

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Marisa Bryce

Chapter Director

CityXones
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Alexander Hejazi
Membership Chair
Ball Box
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Jason Jacobsohn
Growth Chair
Reliable Venture Partners
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Raman Chadha
Ecosystem Advisor
The Junto Institute
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Craig Bradley

Chapter Partner

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Leadership Positions Available

Events

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Interactive
Webinars
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Private VC Office Hours
  • Founder Thought Leadership

  • Trending Tech Topic Panels

  • Pitch Practice Featuring Tier 1 VC’s

  • Private Office Hours With Tier 1 VC’s

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Global
Conferences

Upcoming events

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Past events

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Five Entrepreneurship Lessons From Siri Founder Adam Cheyer

Adam Cheyer breaks down his step-by-step formula for sizing up a startup idea and making it a success. There may be no magic formula for launching the next Google, Facebook …

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How to Budget in COVID-19 feat. David Ehrenberg

Startup founders are facing uncharted economic waters. David Ehrenberg, founder of Early Growth, the largest startup financial services firm in the U.S., shares his checklist for startup financial health through …

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Making the Big Leagues Featuring Acrylic’s Matt Tillman

Matt Tillman, Serial Entrepreneur, Haven founder and Acrylic partner, discusses what you need to know as a founder moving to the San Francisco Bay Area or another first-tier market.  Founders …

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Why Chicago Startups Should Stay in Chicago

When many people think of hotbeds for startup activity, their minds instinctively drift toward places like Silicon Valley and San Francisco. But on the other side of the country, Chicago …

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