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TECHWEEK100
IN 2017:

Techweek is honoring 100 startup professionals who reflect the Hero Company thesis of economic development. Our goal is to show Techweek’s mission in action by recognizing the amazing contributions of Hero Companies & Entrepreneurs on the entrepreneurial ecosystem around them.

HEROES BREAKDOWN:

Rising Startups:

Founders of up-and-coming startups growing into Hero Companies

Investors:

Venture capital professionals investing in Hero Companies

Established Leaders:

CEOs that generate sustainable wealth creation, and cultivate spinoffs

Talent Cultivators:

Organization leaders cultivating future founders

ELITE 8 AWARD CATEGORIES:

Techweek is celebrating 8 unique categories to highlight the impact of rising, emerging, and established Hero Companies. In addition to the TW100, Awards will recognize 8 category winners. Each category has been defined with key parameters to recognize individuals and companies that embody Techweek’s Mission and Hero Company thesis of economic development.

  • Rising Hero Company less than 2yrs in age

  • Emerging Hero Company between 2 to 5years in age

  • Established Hero Company greater than 5 years in age

  • 30 Hero Company professionals under 30

  • Female founder or senior-level executive building a Hero Company

  • Company culture that best embodies Hero Company thesis

  • Financing round best positioned to support a growing Hero Company

  • Venture capital firm best supporting growing Hero Companies

Deadline for Techweek100 Nominations:

Chicago: May 26 Toronto: June 30

KC:July 21 DC: August 4 NYC: August 18

Dallas: September 1 LA: September 15

TECHWEEK100
IN 2016:

In 2016, the Techweek 100 was divided across 3 key categories that embodied key roles within the community.

Ambassadors (25 individuals) - Founder, influencers, and prominent voices who act as positive representatives for the tech community

Innovators (50 organizations) - COmpanies, both established organizations and rising startups, shaping their industries via innovative technology

Cultivators (25 organizations) - VCs, incubators, educational institutes, and other organizations that support and enable the tech ecosystem

INNOVATORS
  • Akouba Credit
  • Apervita
  • Avant
  • BallotReady
  • Careerbuilder
  • Centro
  • Cleversafe
  • ContextMedia
  • Dose
  • dough
  • Esquify
  • Eved
  • Geofeedia
  • Gesture
  • GoHealth
  • Hearken
  • HERE
  • Hireology
  • InContext Solutions
  • Infiniscene
  • Jellyvision
  • KCura
  • Keeper
  • Morningstar
  • mRelief
  • Mu Sigma
  • Narrative Science
  • Noted.fm
  • Opternative
  • Packback
  • ParkWhiz
  • Paylocity
  • Pearachute
  • Raise
  • Reverb
  • Rise Interactive
  • Rithmio
  • Shiftgig
  • Signal
  • SMS Assist
  • SpotHero
  • Sprout Social
  • SwipeSense
  • Tovala
  • Trunk Club
  • TurboAppeal
  • Uptake
  • VISANOW
  • YCharts
  • Zero Percent
Cultivators
  • 1871
  • 2112
  • Blue1647
  • Built in Chicago
  • Catalyze
  • Catapult
  • Chicago Entrepreneurial Center
  • Chicago Innovation Exchange
  • Chicago Ventures
  • Coalition
  • Code2040
  • Girls Who Code
  • Hyde Park Angels
  • Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • Illinois Growth Innovation Fund
  • Impact Engine
  • Lightbank
  • Math Venture Partners
  • Matter
  • Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • Sandbox
  • Smart Chicago
  • Tech.co
  • Technori
  • Techstars Chicago
Ambassadors
  • Brenna Berman (CIO City of Chicago)
  • Hardik Bhatt (CIO State of Illinois)
  • Terri Brax (Founder & President Women Tech Founders)
  • Maria Christopoulos Katris (Co-founder & CEO Built in Chicago)
  • Linda Darragh (Executive Director Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, Heizer Center for PE & VC)
  • Jessica Droste Yagan (Partner & CEO Impact Engine)
  • Fabian Elliott (Founder & CEO Black Tech Mecca)
  • John Flavin (Executive Director Chicago Innovation Exchange)
  • Mike Gamson (SVP Global Solutions LinkedIn)
  • Jane Gilligan Hamner (Co-Founder & VP of Business Development ARA – IT Women’s Mentoring Platform)
  • Chris Gladwin (Technology Entrepreneur and Business Leader )
  • Troy Heinkoff (Managing Director Techstars)
  • Brad Keywell (Co-Founder & CEO Uptake Technologies)
  • Sonali Lamba (Founder)
  • Amanda Lannert (CEO JellyVision)
  • Eric Lefkofsky (Co-Founder & Chairman Groupon)
  • Joe Mansueto (CEO Morningstar)
  • Kristi Ross (Co-CEO & President dough)
  • David Schonthal (Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Business Designer Kellogg School of Management & IDEO)
  • Brad Serot (EVP Advisory & Transaction Services CBRE)
  • Thomas Stovall (Creator BlackInTech)
  • Mark Tebbe (Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
  • Genevieve Thiers (Founder Sittercity)
  • Howard Tullman (CEO & Managing Partner 1871 & G2T3V)
  • Daniel Yu (Founder & CEO Sokowatch)