How Discovery Partners Institute is Driving Tech Talent in Chicago

Finding tech talent to fuel the growth that investors expect right now is a challenge. With distributed workforces, the Great Resignation, and layoffs in certain industries, the employee market continues to adapt. The Discovery Partners Institute is working to provide a solution. With a vision to be a magnet for the most ambitious talent Illinois […]

November 15, 2022 By Cate LeSourd

How Livongo Just Opened the Floodgate to a Digital Healthcare Wave

In the future, when we analyze moments in time when true innovation transformed an industry, we’ll remember an event that happened just a couple of weeks ago: Livongo’sIPO. By the end of its trading debut — which left the company valued at $3.4 billion — Livongo proved two things: that it’s possible to empower people to live healthier […]

August 12, 2019 By Pete Wilkins

Why Educating Startup Employees About Equity Is As Important As Giving It

This is the final article in a three-part series on the benefits of giving all startup employees equity. See the first piece here and the second one here. A year after I moved to Chicago, I attended a women’s networking event, where an employee of a recently-acquired startup entered the room. Folks were excited to see her, congratulating […]

August 9, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Chicago VCs

12 Chicago VCs You Should Know About

Chicago is quietly becoming a hotbed of venture capital that fuels technology startups — not just in Chicago but across the country and in a wide range of industries. For example, did you know that Calm, SpaceX, and Coinbase all received funding from Chicago VCs? There are dozens of top VCs in the area that […]

March 17, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Chicago’s Sprout Social received a Best Software Award for Top 50 Products for Marketing

The Top Enterprise Software Companies in the Midwest

Last week, enterprise software marketplace G2 Crowd announced the winners of its Best Software Awards 2019. This is a list of the best software products and companies, according to G2 Crowd’s algorithm that analyzes 500,000 verified customer reviews of nearly 60,000 products. Among that list are 11 Midwest companies that are not only top in the region […]

January 28, 2019 By Pete Wilkins
Top Midwest raises in 2018

Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of each Midwest state’s top VC […]

January 14, 2019 By Pete Wilkins
Michigan-based startup Bulk uses AI to give users personalized nutrition and exercise recommendations in real-time

5 Midwest Tech Startups that Can Help You Live Healthier in 2019

I kicked off 2018 by telling you about 5 Chicago startups that would help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Those startups were focused on helping you eat better. To bookend the year, I want to focus on 5 Midwest startups whose technology will help you live better in 2019. We are witnessing an interesting and […]

December 18, 2018 By Pete Wilkins
STEM Classes

Illinois nonprofits hope mentors and real-world projects will improve diversity in STEM classes

Illinois has the unique distinction of producing more top STEM talent than almost any other state, and it continues to produce a record number of STEM degrees each year. But when it comes to the diversity of STEM talent, it’s a different story. A report from the Illinois Science and Technology Association found that in computer science, 16.7 percent […]

April 5, 2018 By Alida Miranda-Wolff

How Illinois Universities Power the Chicago Startup Ecosystem

Ten years ago, Chicago was not a major player in the startup ecosystem. Now, it’s one of the most important cities in tech. In fact, the overall Illinois rate of startup growth is 68.85%, and Chicago itself has been consistently ranked first for VC returns. It’s been named alongside Boston, Los Angeles, and Austin as one of […]

February 20, 2018 By Tina Wink