Chicago's Next Tech Boom: The Maker-Entrepreneur

Growing hardware hubs provide new pathways for Chicago’s makers to turn their side hustles into startups.

Karis Hustad

Chicago has historically been a strong software and digital startup hub. But a handful of new spaces and resources are providing the infrastructure for a new type of founder: A hybrid maker-entrepreneur that’s looking to create products that can be manufactured and businesses that can scale. And their efforts are creating a new maker and tech community in Chicago.

1871 is building a new Internet of Things incubator

Growing hardware hubs provide new pathways for Chicago’s makers to turn their side hustles into startups.

Amina Elahi

Tech hub 1871 is expanding yet again, with a new 18,000-square-foot incubator for Internet of Things startups called Chicago Connectory, CEO Howard Tullman ⇒ said at a lunchtime presentation to the City Club of Chicago on Thursday.

"It's a partnership with Bosch and we're very excited about that," Tullman said. "It'll be focused on all of this connectivity that's going on."

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