Friday, January 30, 2015




Ambassador Wittig tours 1871, meets with several early-stage technology companies

CHICAGO (January 30, 2015)—1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman welcomed German Ambassador to the United States Peter Wittig to 1871 yesterday to showcase Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Ambassador Wittig toured 1871’s 75,000 square foot facility before meeting with several 1871 startups from a variety of industries.

“We are excited to welcome Ambassador Wittig as he experiences Chicago’s unique startup environment,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “Cities like Chicago and Berlin are leading the way in supporting entrepreneurs who are creating successful, sustainable businesses, and these new businesses are making important social and economic contributions on a global scale. It is a great pleasure to showcase the exciting things happening at 1871 and we are hopeful this visit leads to increased partnership opportunities.”

“Working out of 1871 provides access not only to a productive community of like-minded international entrepreneurs, but also to a significant set of resources that have helped our company succeed,” said Gerhard Boiciuc, VP Business Development for 1871 member company Parknav, one of the companies that met with Ambassador Wittig. “From meeting with top technology companies to discussing our business with foreign dignitaries, 1871 continues to provide amazing support and great opportunities to further develop and grow our business.”

Since its opening, 1871 has hosted thousands of foreign dignitaries and entrepreneurs seeking to explore the entrepreneurial and technology industries in Chicago. 1871 has in its history hosted Ambassadors from Colombia, Mexico and Morocco, and recently co-hosted an event in Toronto with the U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman. In June of 2014, 1871 hosted twelve international startups for the US Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology Initiative (GIST), and more recently hosted groups of companies from Colombia and Turkey that are interested in expanding to the United States.

1871 also has formalized agreements with incubators and co-working spaces in London, Tel Aviv and Mexico City. This international involvement not only highlights Chicago’s growing ecosystem for digital entrepreneurs, but also provides 1871 members with an expanding set of tools and resources so that they can remain globally competitive as they develop their businesses.
About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state's leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media.

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