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.

Interested startups will be required to complete an application through 1871. To receive a link to this application, please click the link below.
Cohort 8 applications are due January 18, 2021.

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 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:

  • Founders participate in a 12-14 week cohort with a group of their peers.
  • Founders meet weekly as a Latinx Incubator cohort in addition to attending workshops and deep-dive sessions in their 1871 PYROS tracks. 
  • Cohort 8 will meet on Thursdays from 5-7pm CT starting February 4th, 2021.


  • 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

Cohort Updates:

  • Cohort 8 will kick off on February 4, 2021. Applications are now being accepted.

  • Applicants will be contacted and notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.

  • Founders interested in participating in the cohort should request the application link and submit any questions via the interest form.

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

Program impact


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

Sponsored By:

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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