Tuesday, February 17, 2015



Google for Entrepreneurs Selects 1871 Member Company inRentive to Pitch at 2015 Demo Day
1871 member company inRentive will compete in the second annual Demo Day for the Google for Entrepreneurs North American Tech Hub Network

CHICAGO (February 17, 2015) — Google for Entrepreneurs announced today that inRentive, an 1871 member company that helps leasing agents more effectively list rental properties, will compete in the 2015 Google for Entrepreneurs North American Tech Hub Network Demo Day. inRentive and other companies selected from across the network will travel to Google Headquarters in April to pitch their businesses to top investors.

"1871 is constantly working to curate resources and create opportunities that help our member companies succeed,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “I first spent time with the inRentive team in London during Tech Week in Shoreditch, where we visited Google’s new London co-working space. Google for Entrepreneurs has been an incredible partner, and their North American Tech Hub Network continues to provide unique opportunities to 1871’s member companies. We wish inRentive the best of luck as they make their pitch at this year’s Demo Day, and we will be there to cheer them on.”

Google for Entrepreneurs selected technology startups from across North America to compete in their second annual Demo Day. These startups will travel to California from March 31 through April 2, where they will pitch their businesses to venture capitalists and other leaders in the technology industry. Each of the competing startups is required to be headquartered in the United States and actively raising a Series A between one million and four million dollars. Last year, 1871 member companies MarkITx and WeDeliver each won $100,000 investments from Steve Case for their pitches.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to pitch our business at this year’s Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day,” said Melissa Moline, co-founder and CEO of inRentive. “inRentive’s property management system provides an important new tool for the real estate industry, and we look forward to highlighting 1871 and Chicago’s innovative startup ecosystem as we showcase our platform.”

inRentive is a marketing content management platform that allows managers of rental properties to effectively list information about their properties. inRentive integrates with existing property management software and imports pricing and availability information. The platform then gives managers tools to easily and quickly build up information on their properties, including floor plan-specific photo capture, powerful editing tools, and SEO-friendly photo tagging. After the property information is collected, inRentive provides powerful self-publishing tools to control the flow of information to rental websites and listing services. inRentive also facilitates publishing to channels like Facebook and Craigslist, creating a central place for property managers to control their marketing information. inRentive joined 1871 via Techstars, one of 1871’s top accelerator partners.

In September 2013, Google for Entrepreneurs launched a network of partnerships with eight coworking and accelerator spaces around North America. In addition to 1871 in Chicago, the network now includes incubators in Austin, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Waterloo. Created to help local startup communities thrive, the Google for Entrepreneurs network assists tech hubs by providing them with technical content, business tools, and infrastructure upgrades so that they can support increasing demand from developers and startups.

About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth digital 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, food and financial technology; 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, OCA Ventures, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, 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. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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