National Startup Resources


At its core, 1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that helps engineer the success of the world’s most promising startups tackling important challenges in areas like education, health, energy and sustainability, and transportation & smart cities.



Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible. If that sounds like you, join us.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.


1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.


Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud computing platform offered by These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world.



Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale.


The Case Foundation

The Case Foundation, created by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, is a diverse and dynamic institution by design. We create programs and invest in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact.


CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization)

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North America and beyond. CEO currently supports entrepreneurship in over 200 chapters in over 43 states.


A free, online matchmaking service gives you access to the largest group of entrepreneurs ever assembled looking to join a startup or be joined on their venture. CoFoundersLab will help you cast a much wider net in your search for talent. as an online resource to help entrepreneurs grow great ideas. The site provides innovative educational tools and informative resources covering the latest issues and insights affecting entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur’s Club

The Entrepreneurs’ Club (formerly CoolTech Club) – – is an international multi-ethnic network of several thousand high-tech entrepreneurs, executives, and other professionals started in 2003.


Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO)

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. Click “Get Started” to learn more.


Facebook for Developers

Build, grow and monetize your app with Facebook.


Fast Company

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design.


 Founders Card

FoundersCard is a global membership community of over 20,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, and business professionals, offering exclusive access to premier benefits with travel, hotel, business and lifestyle brands and unique member networking events throughout the world.


Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.


Google For Entrepreneurs

Google for Entrepreneurs partners with startup communities and builds Campuses where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and create companies that will change the world.


IBM Bluemix

Bluemix is an open standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing apps and services.’s “16 Cool Coworking Spaces”

List of notable co-working spaces in the United States.


National Entrepreneur Center

Founded in 2003, through the collaborative efforts of Walt Disney World, Orange County Government and The University of Central Florida, this “shared facility” and collaborative approach to small business development has attracted national attention for its financial efficiencies and the ability to leverage the resources and skills of each resident organization.


Social Enterprise Alliance

Members receive subscriptions to a monthly newsletter, GrantStation Insider, and extensive webinar series. Other benefits include access to forums, the SEA Knowledge Center, consultation services, and networking opportunities at chapter events.


Softlayer Catalyst

Meet Catalyst, the SoftLayer startup incubator. Catalyst is core to our mission to enable next generation technologies and empower the entrepreneurs that will bring them to market.


Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.



Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail) is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired.TechCrunch




Up Global 

Up Global is an organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership and strong communities.


USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.



When we started WeWork in 2010, we wanted to build more than beautiful, shared office spaces. We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, ‘me’, but where you become part of a greater ‘we’. A place where we’re redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.



Wired is a full-color monthly American magazine, published in both print and online editions, that reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics.


Young Entrepreneur’s Council

YEC: an informal brain trust of like-minded peers who wanted to help each other’s businesses grow while also supporting the millions of aspiring young entrepreneurs just getting started.