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1871 is the largest entrepreneurial hub in the world and is the home to over 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups and portfolio companies.

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1871 is the largest entrepreneurial hub in the world and is the home to over 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups and portfolio companies.  Located in The Merchandise Mart, our 120,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, TechStars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology, digital currencies, and food; and several emerging tech talent schools including Designation, Fullbridge and the Startup Institute, just to name a few. 1871 is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, OCA Ventures, MATH Venture Partners, Vue Ventures and Chicago Ventures, as well as hosting satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University-Chicago, and DeVry.