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Shiftgig's Techweek Recap, Part 2

Earlier, we talked about this year’s Chicago Techweek, and how Shiftgig CEO Eddie Lou presented on a panel with other Chicago startup CEOs.

Today, we look at the impact of these Chicagoland start-ups and the state of the tech landscape today. Here are just a few of the things people have said recently about the city’s technology growth.

  • Adweek recently spotlighted Chicago stating it is “on the cutting edge of emerging tech.”
  • Inc.com cited Chicago as a developing startup ecosystem that raised over $1.7 billion in funding in 2016. They also highlight that Chicago is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to the growth of tech jobs.
  • Chicago was also recently named #6 on a list of cities that will be known as leading technology innovation hubs over the next four years.

These thoughts were echoed during Techweek Chicago which took place June 19-23. This year’s conference was all about growth — which is exactly what the Chicago tech scene is currently experiencing.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel also was among one of the speakers at this year’s event, and he  highlighted the city’s presence as a tech leader. The Mayor pointed out that Chicago has gone from having zero innovation-focused organizations to more than 100 in just five years. He also spoke about Chicago being home to 16 different schools who are cultivating talented graduates for the tech space.

Shiftgig’s own CEO and co-founder, Eddie Lou, also reiterated these thoughts during his Facebook live interview with Nasdaq saying, “Chicago is set up for so much growth. We have some of the biggest companies here, we have great universities who are a hotbed for talent, and finally just the people here have a great midwestern work ethic.” He goes on saying, “With 1871 and various incubators, we’re seeing so many companies grow and thrive in Chicago.


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June 29, 2017 | Shelby Eversole