Tuesday, September 29, 2015


A.T. Kearney Honored For Innovative Commitment to Entrepreneurship Through Pro Bono Consulting Projects At 1871; Will Be Honored At The Eighth Annual Momentum Awards Dinner To Benefit 1871 And Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Community

CHICAGO (SEPTEMBER ##, 2015) – The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center today announced that A.T. Kearney will be honored for its commitment to entrepreneurship through its partnership with startup companies. A.T. Kearney will receive the Corporate Champion Award during the Eighth Annual Momentum Awards Dinner, which is produced by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center for the benefit of 1871.

“A.T. Kearney has been an amazing partner to our startups, which benefit tremendously from the individualized resources and advice that the A.T. Kearney team provides,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We are excited to showcase their commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation with this year’s Corporate Champion Award.”

A.T. Kearney was selected in part due to the company’s innovative commitment to fostering entrepreneurship at 1871, which is largely centered around an innovative program to foster pro bono consulting opportunities for 1871 members. They are also being recognized for their broader commitment to Chicago.

“A.T. Kearney has deep roots in the Chicago business community, and we are thrilled to accept the Corporate Champion Award as we support 1871 and its entrepreneurs,” said A.T. Kearney's representative. “By facilitating opportunities for collaboration and innovation amongst startups and larger businesses, we can create a positive impact throughout Chicago’s economy and shape the future business landscape of the city.”

1871 member companies Unbranded Designs, Heirlume, Savvo, and Let’s Play Please have worked directly with A.T. Kearney consultants to receive valuable feedback and strategic recommendations. Each of the companies used the expert advice from A.T. Kearney to make critical changes in their business models or implement new strategic directions for their companies.

“Working with A.T. Kearney was an amazing experience for me and for my company,” said Let’s Play Please Founder Mariela Santori. “A.T Kearney’s team not only gave me meaningful advice regarding business strategy, but also helped me implement their recommendations to ensure that their feedback was truly valuable for my company.”

Last year, Motorola Mobility was honored with the corporate champion award. Past recipients have included JPMorgan Chase and PNC Bank.

The Corporate Champion is one of four awards that will be bestowed at the coming event, including the Momentum Award, the Chicagoness Award, and the Entrepreneurial Champion. The event, which will take place at the Radisson Blu hotel, will draw 750 of the top supporters of business and entrepreneurship in Chicago together. It is the largest gathering of the tech community annually and the primary fundraiser for CEC, which supports the activities and operations of 1871.

Anyone interested in attending the Momentum Dinner can register at http://www.1871.com/2015Momentum. 1871 makes an effort to open up the dinner to entrepreneurs, and facilitates strong interactions between some of our best entrepreneurs and the attendees of the dinner. The dinner is the premier fundraising event for technology in Chicago, and has been a key facet of CEC and 1871 celebrations since its inception.

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 (Flatiron, The Fullbridge Program, Designation 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 Venture Partners, 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 Chicago, 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 Inc. Magazine, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

About A.T. Kearney

A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. Since 1926, they have been trusted advisors to the world's foremost organizations. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues. For more information, visit www.atkearney.com.

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