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The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations — born of passion and practical ingenuity — shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. What started 140 years ago continues to this day.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.

Upcoming Events

February 2018

1871 – Intro into Participating in CryptoCurrency Markets

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
IMSA Classroom, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Pl. Suite 1212 Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago, 60654 United States
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Overview: This workshop will provide the necessary tools for gaining access and exposure to Crypto. Attendees will learn how to enter these markets via the various on-ramps that are accessible to the public and how to go about then expanding beyond the major currencies into other opportunities. We will also discuss the various ways to measure success and or failure in these endeavors and provide reference materials for people that want to learn more on their own. There will be…

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1871: Google Livestream – Open for Business

February 21 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Trinity Conference Room, 1871, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Help your customers do business with you wherever they are. Whether it's in-person or on the go, it's important for business owners to create seamless shopping experiences. In this live stream on 2/21 from 9:30AM-11AM PT / 12:30-2PM ET, learn to put your best foot forward online from experts at Facebook, Constant Contact, Google, and Square. Please Join Reva Minkoff and the rest of Digita4Startups for this session with Google Bio: Reva Minkoff is the Founder and President of Digital4Startups Inc. and DigitalGroundUp…

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1871 – Peer-to-Peer Work Session: Networking

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
IMSA Classroom, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Pl. Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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1871 is excited to announce the first in a series of peer-to-peer work sessions. The goal of these one-hour sessions to build connections with other members in the 1871 community, learn best practices; share experiences, and most importantly add value. Our first session will cover “Networking to Build Your Business."  The goal of the session is to share best practices and techniques to increase the quantity and quality of your network. We will discuss the following topics How can I utilize…

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1871 – Sector Conversation

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Motorola Classroom, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Pl. Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Join Chris Girgenti and Ty Findley from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Q&A for companies targeting the enterprise (SaaS, B2BC, B2B marketplaces, infrastructure, etc.) Participants will be able to receive honest, direct answers from members of the investment team at one of the most active VC funds in the Midwest, as well as share learnings with one another. The number of participants will be capped at 10, and participants are not allowed to pitch their…

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