I  1871


     Office Locations:

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 12
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-239-0310



  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    1871 is Chicago's entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. The 50,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). 1871 recently launched 1871 FEMtech, an incubator program to support the best women-founded businesses from across the nation and around the globe. The newest technology incubator to come to 1871 will be the veterans-operated, veteran-focused incubator 'The Bunker' in 2014. The Bunker will be run by Todd Connor, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy veteran and successful entrepreneur who recently led the city of Chicago's military high schools program.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Betsy Ziegler CEO
    Derrick Davis Senior Manager, Membership
    Diana Lopez-Obaldo Director of External Affairs and International Relations
    Donna Carson Member Services Coordinator
    Kaylin Berg Director of Training


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