—1871 joined the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) today to announce a partnership agreement that will support Hispanic entrepreneurs and foster diversity in the technology community. The partnership begins today with 1871’s participation in the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Expo at Navy Pier, which is set to connect thousands of business owners and professionals.
“As part of our ongoing initiative to foster diversity in the technology community, 1871 is proud to work with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support Hispanic entrepreneurs,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “The Hispanic community is a huge resource for technology talent, and the technology community must embrace this talent, and promote diversity in general, in order to reach its full potential. The best innovation occurs when people from all types of backgrounds have the opportunity to develop and share their ideas.”
1871’s partnership agreement with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will foster diversity in the technology community in the following ways:
· IHCC will work with 1871 to identify promising Hispanic technology business owners, designers and developers, who will be eligible for sponsored 1871 memberships funded by corporate partners.
· 1871 will utilize its in-house recruiter to foster employment opportunities for the Hispanic community by connecting potential employees identified by IHCC to 1871 member companies seeking to make new hires.
· IHCC and 1871 will identify startups founded by Hispanic college students and recruit those businesses to join 1871’s various programs for college students.
· 1871 will work to create opportunities for Hispanic students to attend coding classes and other trainings at 1871.
· 1871 will work with IHCC to livestream entrepreneurship workshops and events to local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and businesses.
· IHCC and 1871 will host joint networking events in the 1871 space for the Hispanic technology community.
· IHCC and 1871 will identify and recruit Hispanic leaders in business, marketing, technology and entrepreneurship to become 1871 mentors.
“At IHCC we promote and celebrate collaboration and innovation,” said Omar Duque, IHCC President & CEO. “We are excited to partner with 1871 to provide Hispanic entrepreneurs and students critical resources to build transformative businesses in technology.”
1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will continue to develop this partnership by identifying and implementing new methods of supporting Hispanic entrepreneurs, professionals, and students in the technology community.
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in the state of Illinois. IHCC works with business owners, providing unique and strategic one-on-one services designed to help businesses thrive and grow, while also regularly hosting networking and public policy events.
1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.