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The Latinx Incubator is a first-of-its-kind partnership between IHCC and 1871. The mission of the incubator is to grow the pipeline of Latinx entrepreneurs participating in and contributing to the Chicago tech and innovation economy.

Latinx Incubator startups participate in 1871’s rigorous PYROS core curriculum that features four different “tracks” they can access depending on their stage: Explore, Build, Launch, and Grow. In addition, incubator companies benefit from constant feedback and networking with their Latinx peers, one-on-one coaching with the Latinx Incubator Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and curated sessions and resources dedicated to the unique experience of being a Latinx tech startup founder.

The Latinx Incubator is now expanding its pool of startup mentors. Do you have knowledge or experience you can share with our founders? Complete the mentor interest form below.

Why Participate?

Participants in the Latinx Incubator are fully immersed in the IHCC and 1871 tech ecosystem. During the course of the program, startup founders have access to:
  • 1871 co-working space and member benefits

  • Tailored educational sessions and workshops to help their business gain traction

  • IHCC & 1871 network of business contacts, mentors, and investors

  • Exclusive networking events and extensive public exposure

Program Structure:

In addition to the 12-week curriculum, founders participate in an orientation the week before sessions begin. 

Requirements:

  • At least one co-founder must be Latinx

  • Startup must be a for-profit business

  • The product or service must have a focus on technology. The incubator is designed for companies building new and innovative technology. While integrating existing technology into your business is important, we are looking for companies that are utilizing technology to truly disrupt their industry and, in some cases, create completely new forms of technology.

  • At least one co-founder must commit to attending the full program

Preferred (not required):

  • A scalable product or service

  • An MVP or pilot (beyond idea stage)

Judging Criteria:

  • IDEA: Innovative solution 

  • TEAM: Motivated and skilled team  

  • MARKET SIZE: Clear market opportunity and revenue potential 

  • TRACTION: Demonstrated commitment to building a company and measurable progress

  • ATTITUDE: Openness to growth and interest in collaborating with peers

The Selection Process:

  • Applications for Cohort 7 are now closed.

  • Applicants will be contacted and notified of acceptance on a rolling basis in preparation for the June 18th launch.

  • Founders interested in participating in a future cohort should submit an interest form to receive updates and information. 

     

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The Latinx Incubator is a first-of-its kind partnership between IHCC and 1871. The mission of the incubator is to grow the pipeline of Latinx and other underrepresented entrepreneurs participating in and contributing to the Chicago tech and innovation economy.

Latinx Incubator startups participate in 1871’s rigorous PYROS core curriculum that features four different “tracks” they can access depending on their stage: Explore, Build, Launch, and Grow. In addition to this programming, incubator companies benefit from constant feedback and networking with their Latinx peers, one-on-one coaching with the Latinx Incubator Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and curated sessions and resources dedicated to the unique experience of being a Latinx tech startup founder.

Why Participate?

Participants in the Latinx Incubator are fully immersed in the IHCC and 1871 tech ecosystem. During the course of the program, startup founders have access to:
  • 1871 co-working space and member benefits

  • Tailored educational sessions and workshops to help their business gain traction

  • IHCC & 1871 network of business contacts, mentors, and investors

  • Exclusive networking events and extensive public exposure

Program Structure:

In addition to the 12-week curriculum, founders participate in an orientation the week before sessions begin. On the 13th week, the program culminates in a pitch showcase with the Chicago tech ecosystem.

Requirements:

  • At least one co-founder must commit to attending the full program in Chicago

  • Startup must be a for-profit business

  • The product or service must have a focus on technology. The incubator is designed for companies building new and innovative technology. While integrating existing technology into your business is important, we are looking for companies that are utilizing technology to truly disrupt their industry and, in some cases, create completely new forms of technology.

Preferred (not required):

  • A scalable product or service

  • An MVP or pilot (beyond idea stage)

Judging Criteria:

  • IDEA: Innovative solution 

  • TEAM: Motivated and skilled team  

  • MARKET SIZE: Clear market opportunity and revenue potential 

  • TRACTION: Demonstrated commitment to building a company and measurable progress

  • ATTITUDE: Openness to growth and interest in collaborating with peers

The Selection Process:

 
  • Applications for Cohort 7 are now accepted until Monday, April 6th, 2020.

  • Finalists will interview in person with 1871 and IHCC leadership at the end of April/early May.

  • Cohort 7 is scheduled to launch the week of May 18th, 2020.

   

To learn more about the program, contact Liana Bran at 312.425.9500

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MEET THE COHORTS

cohort 6

December 2019

cohort 5

June 2019

cohort 4

December 2018

cohort 3

April 2018

cohort 2

August 2017

cohort 1

March 2017

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About Our Partner 1871

1871 is the home of over 500 high-growth technology startups and more than 1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Located in a 150,000 square-foot space over three floors in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has hundreds of expert mentors available to its members, as well as more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that all work towards our collective mission of making Chicago the best city in the world to start a business. Visit www.1871.com for more information.

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