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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.
Mentorship from select Chicago founders
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
Connecting Chicago Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leadership Positions Available
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In Africa, there is a saying: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' The great thing about the Founder's Network is that it's not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it's way more fun ;)
The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it's a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!
Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it's just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.
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- September 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Join startup founders and investors for Founders Network’s Chicago Launch! In partnership with Microsoft for Startups, StackPath, and Winestyr, Founders Network is opening up its Chicago Chapter with a Pitch Competition featuring a ... Read Moreat Winestyr
- October 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Get to know the Chicago chapter of Founders Network with a full day of founder coworking at Workbox! Take a break from the grind with a working lunch focused on ... Read Moreat Workbox
- April 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT
Founders Network is invite only. If you are a full time tech founder interested in membership, you are welcome to join this event as a guest. Please RSVP below. Once ... Read Moreat Virtual
- July 16, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT
Complimentary Ticket: Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow ... Read Moreat Virtual
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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 …
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 …