ThinkChicago

Connecting Top Talent with Innovative Businesses

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Twice each year, during Lollapalooza and Chicago Ideas Week, ChicagoNEXT of World Business Chicago invites top university students from across the country to unleash their career potential in Chicago. 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.

Students are accepted into the program based on their interest in technology, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship, and a commitment to excellence as demonstrated by academic, professional, and/or extracurricular activities.

“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals

Grow Chicago’s Talent Pool

Make Chicago Top-of-Mind for Starting a Career

Connect Chicago Companies with the Talent

> 600

Students have participated in the ThinkChicago program

Nation's Top University Students

A competitive admissions process brings some of the nation's most talented students from universities including MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, Princeton, and London School of Economics to explore Chicago's innovation ecosystem.

Connecting Top Talent with Innovative Businesses

Companies like Civis Analytics, Gogo, Groupon, HERE, kCura, Morningstar, Motorola, and Threadless say they're likely to interview and/or hire ThinkChicago students

> 80%

Of participating companies surveyed said they plan to interview and/or hire ThinkChicago students

Accomplishments

  • 70% of alumni say the program positively impacted their desire to live/work in Chicago
  • 80% of companies say they plan to interview or hire ThinkChicago students
  • > 62% of alumni who have jobs work in Chicago
  • 74% of alumni are interested in volunteering for future ThinkChicago programs

  • Program expanded from from 50 students a year to 275 and growing
  • Recruiting has expanded from 13 midwest Universities to 30+ nationwide