What we're about

Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward.

This group hosts numerous free events throughout the year where you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. You’ll have the opportunity to meet local founders and investors, exchange ideas with experts, get feedback on your idea, participate in startup workshops, and more.

Typical startup event topics include:
• Coming up with a strong startup idea
• Startup legal basics
• How to pitch your startup
• Starting a company without quitting your day job
• How to raise funding for your startup
• And much more!

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Upcoming events (2)

The Story Behind The Nation's Largest Manufacturing Innovation Center: mHUB

Founder Institute Chicago supports this community event. For more details and to RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/y55nom73 Come hear the story of Bill Fienup of how he started and built mHUB into the nation's largest and fastest-growing innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. For more details and to RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/y55nom73

Chicago Founder Night Out - Entrepreneur Networking, Drinks, & Fun!

Founder Night Out is a fun, social event where you can meet local entrepreneurs and technology CEOs. Also, you can share your business ideas and aspirations with like-minded peers. Drinks and light food will be provided. The event is sponsored by Founder Institute Chicago. Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator and has been operating in Chicago for the past 8 years. Founder Institute empowers entrepreneurs to launch a company around their ideas.

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How to Win the People Factor in Business

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