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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Chicago Innovation Credit: www.istcoalition.org

At Lake Forest College, students are exposed to an unparalleled experience with access to Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

Chicago, Illinois is a powerful thriving hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Illinois universities have been a steady and fundamental output of top entrepreneurial talent and successful ventures. Illinois universities have been responsible for creating direct economic stimulation and local job creation as the number of student and faculty ventures increase.

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.