Friday, March 27, 2015


Codal to offer web development and business intelligence support to 1871 as it develops state-of-the-art solution to fuel 1871 member opportunities and growth

Chicago (March 27, 2015)1871 and Codal today announced a new partnership agreement that will result in the development of a state-of-the-art web portal and application that will allow 1871 members to enjoy unparalleled opportunities and unique access to information and resources as they grow their businesses.

"The primary goal of 1871 is to foster the development of the innovative businesses that work from our space and which are crucial drivers of Chicagos economic growth, said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. Our partnership with Codal will allow us to do that by helping us better organize our internal processes and communication with our members and visitors. Our members will have, in one place, everything they need to help them build successful, thriving businesses, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this for our companies.

Codal is a global web development and design firm based in Chicago. They develop for mobile platforms, enterprise, custom code reviews, consulting, and much more. Codal will create a web portal, mobile application, customer relationship management system (CRM), and business intelligence (BI) system for 1871 allowing for a more efficient communication and interaction throughout the entire 1871 community.

Development and organization is a key goal for measured growth, said Codal CEO Keval Baxi. A continued partnership between Codal, 1871, Chicago, and the entire market environment not only shows a commitment to this measured growth, but also results that are focused on sustainability and longevity.

The project is composed of six phases which will bring together cross-functional teams including thirteen Codal employees and members of the 1871 staff, as well as a cohort of 1871 member companies which will provide guidance and design advice throughout the process. During this process operational aspects of 1871 such as event communications, scheduling, billing, and member relations are expected to be dramatically improved. These improvements will have a positive fiscal, administrative, and outreach impact for 1871. With this partnership, Codal will receive brand placement on 1871s web and mobile sites, media support, as well as sponsorship and membership opportunities.   

Among other things, once the project is done, 1871 members will be able to pay their membership fees, reserve conference rooms, sign-up for events and workshops, and access courses through the web portal and mobile application. The new web portal is expected to be active this spring and the mobile application will be developed thereafter.

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, Code Fellows, 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 Venture Capital, 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 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. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

About Codal

Codal is a global development firm that builds scalable tech solutions for countless industries. From Fortune 100 companies, to promising startups, Codal builds it. Web development, mobile development, enterprise, available managed resources, and consulting are part of a full suite of services Codal offers to clients. With a follow the sun method, Codal is changing the development process with 24-hour, transparent access to your build team and unmatched flexibility.

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