Areas of Focus
Attract capital for tech entrepreneurs
Attract and retain STEM talent
Foster innovation through industry and university partnerships
Build a more inclusive tech community
Build and promote global partnerships
Our Vision for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Supported by a council of 200+ local tech and innovation leaders, ChicagoNEXT manages a portfolio of programs focused on increasing access to capital, attracting and retaining diverse talent, fostering innovation with industry and university partners and building a more inclusive tech ecosystem.
With the ChicagoNEXT council, the initiative promotes Chicago as a global tech hub and supports entrepreneurs and their companies through inclusive growth and opportunities. Inclusive entrepreneurship strives for involvement of all entrepreneurs – particularly those in underrepresented communities – in order to create stronger communities, to close the opportunity gap, and to scale creative solutions to persistent citywide problems.