These 39 entrepreneurs represent a range of young companies, some supplying consumer products, others offering B2B services and others fulfilling community needs as nonprofits. They’ve faced and overcome similar obstacles—researching their market, developing technology and then raising capital, whether from friends and family, angel investors or venture-capital firms.
In this feature, you’ll meet entrepreneurs with products ranging from pet food to veggie snacks to men’s jeans. There are health care businesses that target specific conditions and offer online treatment. And there’s a range of imaginative B2B services in IT and software, real estate, insurance and digital marketing.
During the pandemic, these firms have pivoted, putting their offerings online, helping clients navigate the crisis or donating goods and services. They’re helping to put Chicago on the map as a growing center for entrepreneurship.
Source: Chicago Business