Tech Scenes Chicago with Rebecca Sholiton – Fight with the Passion of the Underdog

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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we meet up with ceos, founders and investors to learn what makes cities in the startup tech ecosystem thrive.

On this episode we have dinner at Antico Chicago with Rebecca Sholiton, Entrepreneur in Residence at 1871. As we often do in Chicago we talk about food, and other topics such as female entrepreneurship, mentorship, WiSTEM, Food Foundry, and transforming from founder to CEO.

Produced by: Jeff Martin CEO / Founder of Collective Genius

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Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of nearly 500 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 140,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, tech talent schools, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition — the state’s leading technology advocate, a number of Chicago-based VCs, and satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Trinity University, and DePaul University.


For a whole host of reasons, 1871 believes Chicago is the best place in the country for women entrepreneurs to start a business. With that in mind, we’ve created WiSTEM, a 12-week, curriculum-based program that connects women to capital, community, and technology resources

Food Foundry

The Food Foundry is a Chicago-based accelerator program by Relish Works built in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871. The Food Foundry supports, connects, and propels innovative startups who are reimagining the foodservice industry.

Antico Chicago

Antico is a long time vision of Brad Schlieder. To pursue sharing a passion for people and good times by offering the finest in food, wine and service.

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