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#4 worldwide
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Marketing & Sales
#9 worldwide
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Software and Data
#13 worldwide

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The Startup Ecosystem of Chicago is ranked at number 14 globally, and shows a positive momentum increasing 3 spots since 2021. Chicago also ranks at number 6 in United States, and 6 in North America.

Chicago is an ideal place to locate for Foodtech, Marketing & Sales and Software and Data startups. As the most popular industries in Chicago, there is a sample of 356 Foodtech startups in Chicago, 162 Marketing & Sales startups in Chicago, and 161 Software and Data startups in Chicago, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 4 startups in Chicago, 9 accelerators in Chicago, 12 coworking spaces in Chicago, 25 organizations in Chicago and 1 leaders in Chicago.

Startups in Chicago

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QuillBot is a startup developing an AI writing tool that reconstructs its user's writing to be more clear and concise. Read more
Order online from Chicago delivery and pickup restaurants. Whatever you're thinkin' Chicago, we got you. Read more
Phenix is a real-time streaming tech platform that streams synchronous real-time video to broadcast-sized audiences. Read more
ShoppingGives encourages consumers to make an impact through its change commerce technology. Read more
2016 marks our 17th year in business, yet we feel like we’re just getting started. For our first 15 years we were called 37signals. We changed our name to Basecamp in 2014 to reflect our focus on our most popular product (coincidently named Basecamp). Over the years we’ve been fortunate to earn the repeat business of thousands of customers including some of the world’s largest - and smallest - companies. It’s rare that a business tool is equally popular with the big guys and the small guys, but Basecamp is that kind of tool. Freelancers, small shops, mid-sized companies, and multinationals all rely on Basecamp. Read more
Accuradio is a multichannel internet radio station that caters to audiences with varied tastes. Read more is an online marketplace for in-person and online tutoring. Parents and students can research and review tutor bios, credentials, customer reviews, background checks and more to ensure they find the perfect tutor for their individual needs. WyzAnt also offers visitors access to thousands of free educational resources including a question and answer forum, how-to videos, lesson plans, and a directory of study guides and tutorials. We believe that all students learn differently and that the most effective and enjoyable way to learn is through customized, one-on-one instruction. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for students of all ages to find the help they need Read more
StatHat is a tool that allows companies to track custom stats in their applications. It only takes one line of code (16 languages supported). You get beautiful charts, alerts, reports, and automatic anomaly detection. StatHat is based on a tool used at OkCupid for years to track thousands of internal stats. Read more
Founded in 2010, Sprout Social is built on the idea that the world is better when businesses and customers communicate freely. We exist to help streamline and enhance those conversations—with customers, prospects and enthusiasts. Our platform is packed with handy features but stays out of the way to let brands easily engage with people and build lasting relationships. Sprout is a private company backed by the venture funds of NEA and Lightbank. In four years, we’ve earned the trust of more than 15,000 amazing customers and our team has grown into the hundreds. We stay active in the industry and love to share our insights and cultivate conversations with other social business enthusiasts. Read more
ClubExpress provides clubs and associations with their complete front-office and back-office, securely built into their website. No programming or HTML experience is required; everything is controlled by menus and dialog boxes, and all changes are immediately live. We use state-of-the-art security, there's no advertising and associations own their data at all times.  Read more
Screencastify is used to create instructional videos, record presentations, give better feedback, and much more. We’ve set out to transform video in the classroom and make it not just a tool for remote learning, but an integral part of every student’s education. Read more
YCharts is a financial software company that was founded in 2009 and is backed by Morningstar. YCharts provides the analytic power of a financial terminal (such as Bloomberg, FactSet, CapIQ), but with the ease of use and accessibility of a modern website. Investment professionals across the financial services spectrum have found the product to be a valuable complement to their existing investment tools, or as a lower cost replacement.  Read more
Klover leverages important assets and data to level the financial playing field. Read more
RedShelf is a distributor of digital learning materials for the higher education community. Read more
Basis Technologies, formerly ‘Centro,’ provides cloud-based workflow automation and business intelligence software for marketing. Read more
Built In is a network of online communities for tech companies and startups. Read more
CharacTour helps you find your next favorite movie, TV show, book, or video game based on what matters most: characters. Through our “Get Matched” personality quiz and recommendations based on similar characters – both utilizing our patent-pending matching algorithm – and other tools, we suggest characters we think you’ll love. And then you can get to know those characters via detailed profiles to decide for yourself who you want to watch or read about. Read more
We are building an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) to power social applications that empower micro-philanthropists and veteran non-profit staffers alike. We are providing the foundation for data integration, awareness building, fundraising, and volunteer engagement services that power a two-sided marketplace between public benefit organizations and people. Organizations deserves a fresh, mobile, social, internationalized platform that works for them, learns with them, and allows them to engage their online community with the same care and passion they have in person to person interactions offline. People need easy ways to connect within their communities and see the impact of their time, treasure, and talent.  Read more
Avail is a platform that simplifies the rental experience for 600,000 DIY landlords and tenants. These individuals use Avail to navigate all aspects of the rental process — everything from listings, rental applications, leases, monthly rent payments, and maintenance tickets. Read more
Leading & only independent consumer marketplace for parking in North America. Read more
Having a Pre-Paid Legal Life Events Legal PlanSM for you and your family means a lawyer is available when you need one. Identity Theft ShieldSM offered by Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Pre-Paid Legal Services offers valuable legal plans and business consulting resources specially designed for small business owners just like you.  Read more
RISE is a developer of a sleep management platform used to provide tailored sleep planning. Read more
ThreeKit is a 3D product configuration and visualization platform that enables brands to create and manage beautiful visuals at scale. Read more
ShowMojo empowers property owners and agents with innovative and disruptive tools, including: online scheduling, automated confirmation (email or SMS), and tenant notification. Read more
BigMarker enables people from around the world to meet face-to-face with others who share their passions and interests. Communities can host online events such as webinars, panel and roundtable discussions using BigMarker's video conferencing system, allowing hundreds of people to communicate via audio and video, share and present files, and chat. Participants can then join a community to attend future events and keep the conversation going over time. Read more
ParkWhiz is the fastest and most convenient way for drivers to find and book parking spaces before reaching their destination. Read more
M1 Finance specializes in financial technology, investing, investments, fintech, automation. Read more
Leading companies use dscout to engage users in improving their existing experiences and inventing new ones. Our platform connects organizations with early adopters who work with companies to gather insights, develop ideas and ultimately launch new stuff. This unprecedented access to users comes at a fraction of the cost and time of more traditional approaches. dscout’s roster of blue chip customers in technology, consumer packaged goods and retail, points to the enormous scale of tapping into consumer-facing innovation budgets: ~$100B in the US alone.  Read more
CareTree is a collaboration platform designed to replace the paper records in the home health and senior care industries with an online platform that centralizes information and automates communication with care stakeholders (the individual, their caretakers, family, and doctors). The second phase of CareTree is to be a for EMR records. Using EMR patient portals, CareTree will give caregivers access to all of a patient's records from one easy portal. Read more
the better way to pay the store next door! Read more
We enable our customers to travel more, travel better and travel further. 20M+ consumers stock away miles & points to satisfy their wanderlust. Flying around or using credit cards are the only good ways to fill the stockpile today. We've built the third way. Customers earn ~7000 miles/booking for staying among a handful of premium hotels in each city. One stay can now earn a free flight. Hotel partners fill rooms that would have otherwise gone unused with coveted premium business travelers. Read more
HomeX is a home services platform designed for homeowners and service providers offering virtual solutions with remote assist. Read more
CoPilot is an assisted commerce platform that provides expert partner services for car purchases. Read more
Printavo is the simplest way screen-printing, embroider & sign manufacturing shops can manage their scheduling, invoices and books. It is a web-based, mobile compatible solution that helps shops all over the world keep track of their key business information so they can continue running their shop.  Read more
Learnmetrics is a platform that helps schools seamlessly extract insights from the data they are already collecting, then magnifies the effectiveness of those insights by making them measurable, trackable, and communicable. With Learnmetrics, our users can • Get a 360° view of data to help inform decisions and set goals • Decrease focus on administrative tasks while increasing the range of teachable moments • Move from insight to action faster than ever before. • Power personalized learning in a scalable way. Currently in closed beta!  Read more
Jiobit personal safety products secure your most precious assets with trusted and long lasting location technology. Jiobit is a fully vertical tech stack that includes a device coupled with software products and recurring subscriptions; what we call Hardware Enabled SaaS. Read more
Lightstream is a powerful & intuitive live streaming studio in your browser. No Downloads. No technical wizardry. Read more
Cleversafe is a provider of hybrid or object-based storage. Read more
The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace that helps women remain active in the workforce. Read more
Rentgrata is a messaging platform that connects prospective renters with current residents of apartment communities. Read more
OpenMenu™ has created the first standard to regulate the way restaurants store and share their menus over the Internet by standardizing the menus' structure and format. Combined with OpenMenu Registrars, OpenMenu is providing a regulated system for sharing accurate menu information. Complete specification can be found at: OpenMenu: Sample Restaurant on the OpenMenu Platform: Read more
At Inventables we believe the world is at the beginning of a new renaissance. We see power in product development shifting from major corporations to individual designers and entrepreneurs. The availability of low cost manufacturing tools and low cost distribution on internet sites are leveling the playing field. Small teams can now make unique high value products that major corporations can’t justify because they aren't for the masses. Read more
NOCD provides online therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), one of the most severe, prevalent, and misunderstood mental health conditions. Read more
Spark Hire is an easy to use video interviewing platform with 3,000+ customers in over 100 countries. Since launching in 2012, Spark Hire has become the fastest growing video interviewing platform. Organizations of all sizes are utilizing Spark Hire to make better hires faster than ever before. Using Spark Hire's one-way video interviewing tool, recruiters come up with interview questions and candidates record video responses on their own time like a selfie. These video responses can be reviewed at a recruiter's convenience and shared with key hiring stakeholders to improve collaboration. Hiring teams gain way more insight on candidates earlier in the hiring process resulting in better in person interviews and huge efficiency gains. Read more
Train Heroic empowers coaches with proven strength and conditioning programming. Reducing administrative time by 50%, coaching effectiveness improves with a streamlined workout creation interface that provides for easier distribution and eliminates the admin hassle of logging the results of dozens of athletes...which returns time for higher impact coaching activity. Athletes log their own results and compete with themselves, teammates and rivals on the daily workout. Read more
Puttshack offers indoor mini-golf ball-tracking technology. Read more
Hireology is a staffing and hiring platform for the franchise and retail-automotive industries. Read more
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