2022 Awards Nominations Open in May!
Each year, we invite the community to self-nominate or nominate a company/individual doing great work in the tech community. Keep an eye out for the official nominations period announcement!
1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support the early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators that are building extraordinary businesses in their communities. We are the convenor of changemakers, bringing together the right resources, support, and connections that drive growth for businesses across the entire maturity curve, from idea to Fortune 50.
Our community is rooted in Chicago with a reach that spans the globe, with over 1,500 members and an expansive network of mentors, corporate sponsors, university partners, VCs, alumni, and policymakers.
Early stage members are new and experienced entrepreneurs that are working to turn their idea into a reality. We provide the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community they need to build the foundation for sustained success.
Growth stage members are scaling companies that are looking to translate their experience into long-term strategic success. We deliver the necessary solutions to help them turn opportunities into desired outcomes and cement their credibility as leaders in their industry and community.
Corporate innovators are industry-leading companies who are looking to invest in the future of tech and push the boundaries of what is possible. We create tailored, consultative solutions to deliver the necessary connections, resources, and programming they need to lead.