1871 supports early stage, growth stage, and corporate innovators building extraordinary businesses, from idea to Fortune 50.

Mastering the Art of Managing Others

When it comes to the art of management, everyone has their own unique style. From peers and supervisors to other teams, this course will help you expand your management skills cross-functionally and inspire results throughout your entire organization.

Delegating with Accountability

Do you currently have or hope to gain people management experience? Are you looking to refine your approach to delegation and creating a culture of accountability within your team? If the answer is yes, you should be at our virtual Manager Toolkit Series: Delegating with Accountability. This program will give you the key knowledge to …

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Identifying Your Sources of Stress and Shutting Them Down

In this session we will discuss: The six major influencers on stress and well-being (spiritual, mental, environmental, physical, social, emotional) Three disciplines for reducing stress (awareness, acceptance, conscious choice) Creating a plan for implementing these strategies going forward Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of what influences their stress levels and actionable strategies for …

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Coaching & Communication for Maximized Performance

Sometimes, you don’t have to be all talk to get the right action. In this program, you will learn how to utilize verbal and nonverbal styles of communication to better coach your teams and achieve the best results.

Cameras Off, Coffee Talks

This is a 619 quarterly event get-together for members of color at 1871 and is open to the general public! 619 is our internal ERG led by the Black community that strives to educate and empower our employees, build a coalition of allies devoted to inclusive innovation, and promote equity across all levels of 1871 …

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Supply Chain Innovation Summit

Join us for the first annual Supply Chain Innovation Summit where startups, tech leaders, corporate innovations, investors and industry experts gather to explore the most impactful tech innovations in Supply Chain.

Growth Stage Info Session

Learn what it means to be an 1871 member company! We’ll share all the new & exciting initiatives, programs, and resources that will positively impact your company’s ROI.

Early Stage Info Session

In this one-hour info session, our early stage membership team will walk you through 1871’s roadmap of support, which includes regular educational programming, 1:1 guidance, networking events, and much more—all accessible anywhere and anytime.

Bound to Accelerate

For many, founding a company is uncharted territory. 1871 provides the comprehensive roadmap to the structure, accountability, and community of support you need to build the foundation for sustained success.

Bound to Scale

You’ve laid the foundation for success, and now it’s time to bring the world along as you scale. 1871 delivers to you the solutions you need to support your growth and cement your credibility as a leader in your industry and community.


Small Business Initiative

1871’s Small Business Initiative (SBI) provides free resources and mentorship to “non-digital native” small businesses across Chicagoland and the Midwest.