HOTB Software Solutions
HOTB is a highly experienced software development company that provides in-kind angel capital to startup entrepreneurs with a viable technology based business. HOTB helps startups bridge the gap between their friends and family round and their venture capital round by subsidizing expensive technology needs. HOTB specializes in building custom software platforms to provide certainty of execution, experience, credibility, security and compliance. Additionally, HOTB Ventures has been formed for instances of passive investment when software development is not needed.

Manatt
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is known for quality, for extraordinary commitment to clients, for integrated, relationship-based services, and for a range of capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive and entrepreneurial compared to other major firms, and we are deeply committed to diversity, to public service, to involvement in the communities we serve and to excellence in all we do.

TriNet
Tech companies partner with TriNet Passport to compete for top talent by using our bundled HR products that cover the core services of payroll, fortune 100 benefits, risk and compliance, a scalable HR team all on a cloud platform. TriNet reduces the time businesses spend managing HR and administrative issues while providing enterprise-grade cloud capabilities. This enables entrepreneurs and management to focus on what’s important from raising funds to driving revenue. Join hundreds of executives in high tech who have experienced the TriNet Passport difference, working for companies in hardware, software, SaaS and telecommunications. Contact choy.chew@trinet.com for more information.

Eureka
The Eureka Building is a 3-acre technology campus in Irvine, California designed to help accelerate innovation. Founded in 2014 by Peter Polydor, our goal is to support local entrepreneurship by giving innovative companies and entrepreneurs in Orange County a home that is centrally located and easy to access. Through partnerships we are more than just a home, but are a support network hosting startup events while fostering mentorship relationships with our partners all within one of the most creative spaces in the region.

CrashLabs
CRASHLABS IS A VIBRANT COWORKING AND EVENTS COMMUNITY THAT ENHANCES WORK/LIFE BALANCE FOR THE NEW ECONOMY OF UNTETHERED WORKERS. CRASHLABS OFFERS CREATIVE AND FLEXIBLE SPACES SUCH AS OPEN DESKS, DEDICATED DESKS, PRIVATE OFFICES, AND EVENTS SPACE THAT SERVE EVERYONE FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO CORPORATIONS.

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What’s Up With the Lack of Female-Led Venture-Backed Startups in Chicago?

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-09-16

The absence of women in tech is not a recent phenomenon, nor is it isolated to any specific region. Whether it be lack of opportunity, exposure, and even discrimination, female coders and engineers are unfortunately few and far between when compared to their male counterparts.

In a recent article from ChicagoBusiness.com, Katherine Raz explores a different angle what’s really going on with female entrepreneurs. Although her insights are based in Chicago, the issue is universally applicable.

She says, perhaps it’s the “entrepreneurial space that’s the problem”.



“Many female business owners I know don't have MBAs or a network of potential investors. They're not developers and don't know any. And they're not interested in making their businesses "massively scalable." Most women I know actually think a million — not a billion — dollars is cool. They'd like to head a sustainable company that employs eight people and occupies a loft office in Ravenswood where people bring their dogs. But not a lot of angels or venture capitalists are interested in making that happen.”


What do you think? Does the fault lie with investors who fail to see the potential in these types of female-run businesses, or is there more to it?

In response to this issue, the Founder Institute implemented the Female Founder Fellowship - a full scholarship given to an outstanding female applicant of each Founder Institute semester. Since launching the program in 2011, FI has seen a 62% global increase in our percentage of female graduates, which has now reached 26% worldwide. Additionally, FI has graduated over 150 female-led companies, many of which are venture and angel backed, including CakeHealth, Zirtual, Fashioning Change, Skimble, Memetales, Ecobold, Kindara, Piggybackr, and 2RedBeans..

If you are a woman interested in launching a tech startup in Chicago, apply for the Female Founder Fellowship today.  In order to be eligible for the Fellowship for the Chicago Autumn 2013 Semester, you must complete your application and Admissions Test by the early Application Deadline of 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Any woman who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read the full article on ChicagoBusiness.com and we hope to see you this Fall in Chicago!

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