Monday, January 26, 2015



Twelve Companies will Benefit from Direct Tutelage and Immersive Experience with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Director

CHICAGO (January ##, 2015)—1871 will welcome Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Director Hanan Lavy this week to conduct a four-day workshop on customer development for twelve startup companies working out of 1871. Lavys workshop will focus on operational and strategic management and marketing plans for customer acquisition.  

1871 and Microsoft Ventures launched their partnership in early 2014 to provide        development opportunities for 1871 member startups. Funding, technology, mentorship, and programming such as the upcoming customer development workshop are some of the resources Microsoft Ventures provides to early-stage entrepreneurs to help them build strong businesses and improve their prospects for success.  

The primary goal of 1871 is to help Chicagos top digital entrepreneurs succeed in creating sustainable businesses that have a strong impact on Chicago and the world, said 1871 CEO, Howard A. Tullman. By collaborating with industry experts like Hanan Lavy, we are able to provide specialized programming opportunities that deliver meaningful long-term benefits to our member companies. We are thrilled that hes coming to 1871 to work with our companies.” 

Our focus is to help entrepreneurs build great companies, said Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Director Hanan Lavy. 1871 is a startup hub that embodies Chicagos natural drive to innovate in the digital age. Leveraging partnerships like this, we are able to provide direct support to the best entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world.
1871 additionally worked closely with the accelerators housed at its facility to select the final group of startups.

       Carzell, an online car auction service that provides sellers with the highest offer for the purchase of their vehicles

       Kahoots, a phone app that helps build stronger networks without more social networking     

       Quick2Launch, a software that helps corporations develop visually compelling     presentations

       Digital Ground Up, an interactive technology platform that teaches digital marketing through short online experiential courses

       ParkNav, a technology for street parking which helps drivers reduce the time spent searching for available parking spots

       Breaking Voices, a social news broadcasting engine that socially aggregates     real-time breaking news in your immediate area

       Double Helix Group, a platform for convenient and affordable access to online medical treatment and self-managed wellness programs

       Pangea Universal Holdings Inc., a money transfer platform and mobile application that enables transfers from the US to Mexico for fees up to 75% less than traditional services

       Starchup, a web and mobile application that enables laundry businesses to operate an efficient delivery service

       Web Force 1, a Microsoft Cloud Partner that specializes in delivering cloud solutions to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and government agencies

       RideScout, a mobile application that helps its users get from point A to point B faster and smarter

       CondoGrade, a software that supports smaller condominium associations at reasonable fees

In addition to the boot camp, Microsoft has also been an active sponsor of events at 1871. Most recently, they hosted an open house for their Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program focused on digital work, where some 1871 companies, as well as  others, had the opportunity to pitch their business concepts. The hugely successful event was not only their first open house of 2015 but also the first one hosted in Chicago. Microsoft is also a leading partner of 1871 in working toward fostering diversity at the digital business incubator.

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, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the citys entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crains   Chicago Business among other top media.

About Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies. We work with startups at every stage of maturity to provide the tools, resources, and expertise they need to succeed. The initiative is broad-based, and includes a community program, accelerators, and a seed fund. Our approach helps startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market and reach new customers. 

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