Connecting top-tier, diverse talent with career-building opportunities in Chicago


In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and led by ChicagoNEXT, ThinkChicago is World Business Chicago’s national STEM attraction and retention program for Chicago technology and innovation companies. ThinkChicago invites university students from across the city, state, and country to unleash their career potential with Chicago’s leading technology companies. ThinkChicago’s flagship programs include three-day student immersive programs during two key cultural events – Lollapalooza and Chicago Ideas Week. Additional programs include campus events (roadshows), strategic partnerships with Chicago and Illinois universities, and ongoing marketing efforts to highlight why Chicago continues to lead and grow as a global tech hub.

Since 2010, ThinkChicago has engaged 3,000+ students to explore Chicago’s vibrant tech scene where we showcase innovation hubs, fast-growing tech companies, and corporate innovation leaders. Students are accepted into the program based on their interest in technology, innovation,  entrepreneurship, and a commitment to excellence as demonstrated by academic, professional, and/or extracurricular activities. To learn more, visit

“I absolutely love ThinkChicago and really owe a lot to it. I wouldn’t have started my company if it weren’t for the program. I was going to move to California.” – Matt Unger, Roompact Founder









Grow Chicago’s tech talent pool

Make Chicago a top-tier destination for students and recent graduates

Connect Chicago's leading innovative companies with top-tier talent


majority of participants in 2019 were students of color and women.

Attracting Diverse Talent

ThinkChicago's competitive and inclusive application process brings some of the city’s and nation’s most talented and diverse students to explore Chicago’s growing technology and innovation ecosystem.

Connecting Top-Tier Talent with Innovative Businesses

companies like Relativity, tastytrade, Grubhub, Invenergy, CCC Information Services, Sprout Social, SpotHero and Sprout Social say they’re likely to interview and/or hire ThinkChicago students.


students have participated in ThinkChicago programs since 2001.