About 1871

The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. What started 140 years ago continues to this day.

Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible. If that sounds like you, join us.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.

Welcome to 1871.

From photo-editing apps to interactive healthcare programs, 1871 has a member company that fits your interests and expertise! Whether you’re a designer, a marketing expert, or software developer, we have a startup looking for you. Each company is looking for a way to innovate their industry and is looking to do so in creative and original ways. We are looking to match you with one of our amazing member companies based on the information you provide to us and their current needs. If you believe that you have the skills and vision to help digital startups get their start, 1871 is the right place for you!

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