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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Chicago is powerful thriving hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. In a 2017 survey of the world’s tech leaders done by KPMG, Chicago was named one of the 10 best places outside of Silicon Valley for tech innovation. Additionally, the city ranked 38th in the “Access to Resources” category of WalletHub’s 2017 rankings of the best large cities to start a business. In the 2017 Kauffman Index rankings, the Chicago metropolitan area ranked 27th in entrepreneurial growth, 31st in startup activity, and 14th in established small business activity.

Students at Lake Forest College are learning entrepreneurs in one of the most powerful innovation and entrepreneurial cities in the world. Students have access to resources and the right platform to become successful young entrepreneurs. 

Chicago Entrepreneurial Eco System

  • 1871

    Co-working Space, Events, Education, Programming, Incubators, Accelerators and a community of Entrepreneurs focusing on Innovation.

  • Future Founders

    We immerse youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. Join us as we empower the next generation of business.

  • Lake County Partners

    Lake County Partners is your “go-to” organization for economic development in Lake County. We are a private, non-profit corporation that is supported by investors in the private and public sectors. By leveraging our resources, we improve the local business climate and transform economic opportunities into business realities. 

  • LifeWorking CoWorking Space Lake Forest

    LifeWorking Coworking Spaces puts work-life balance in your hands with flexible remote offices, coworking, and offsite meeting space in Chicago Lake Forest!


    MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER we are hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.

  • mHUb
    mHUB is Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing.
  • The Hatchery Chicago

    The Hatchery Chicago is a non-profit food and beverage business incubator, which enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses.