Chicago Tech Day celebrates industry growth while fostering continued collaboration within the diverse tech and innovation ecosystem
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and World Business Chicago today hosted the third annual Chicago Tech Day featuring 15 local technology companies that have added or will be adding a combined total of over 2,000 new jobs through 2020. Chicago is a global tech hub, attracting an increasing number of resident tech companies, including micro-data and cybersecurity, automation and artificial intelligence firms, which are drawn to the City’s diversified economy and unmatched talent pool.
“Every year, more tech companies are opening offices in Chicago, creating new jobs for our city’s unmatched workforce and furthering our status as a leading hub for 21st-century innovation,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “As a City, we are working to ensure residents in every community have the tools, resources and skills they need to be a part of Chicago’s rapidly-growing tech industry.”
For the past three years, World Business Chicago’s initiative, ChicagoNEXT, has hosted Chicago Tech Day to celebrate the unprecedented growth in the City’s technology and innovation sector and providing a platform for local companies to come together, network and collaborate.
“Chicago’s tech and innovation community is thriving,” said Andrea Zopp, President & CEO of World Business Chicago. “In fact, earlier this month, 1871 Chicago was recognized at the World Incubation Summit as the World #1 Private Business Incubator. It is because of game-changing organizations like 1871 that Chicago is a leader in bold, innovative ideas and entrepreneurship. Today we are proud to celebrate the growth of our local tech companies.”
Chicago Tech Day 2019 will be held at the global headquarters of Relativity, whose market-leading data platform helps legal professionals around the world organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Relativity’s Chicago office is home to more than 1,000 employees.
“It’s a privilege to partner with Mayor Lightfoot and World Business Chicago to host Chicago Tech Day at Relativity,” said Mike Gamson, CEO at Relativity. “As a tech company founded and headquartered here in Chicago, we’re proud to play a role in growing the local tech ecosystem and are looking forward to further building out opportunities for the incredible talent in our community.”
Chicago’s tech industry is the City’s fastest-growing industry sector with over 4,000 digital companies – a more than 270% growth in just ten years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech jobs have grown 38.6 percent since 2010, employing more than 143,000 people.
The tech companies participating in Chicago Tech Day 2019 include:
- Cameo – a platform where fans can book personalized video shout-outs from their favorite celebrities, athletes, or influencers; 80 jobs
- Evanston Technology Partners – a provider of cybersecurity support services; 130 jobs
- Fyllo – the world’s first cannabis MarTech platform that powers compliance at scale; 210 jobs
- HealthJoy – a benefits experience platform helping employees make smarter healthcare decisions with personalized guidance and AI technology; 125 jobs
- Kalderos – is building a data and financial exchange infrastructure to make drug discount programs work for all parties; 127 jobs
- Kenna Security – an enterprise leader in risk-based vulnerability management by enabling enterprises to work cross-functionally to remediate the vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk; 65 jobs
- KIN Insurance – is an insurtech startup and licensed Florida insurance carrier that is fixing home insurance through intuitive tech, affordable pricing, and world-class customer service; 100 jobs
- LogicGate –a leading GRC process automation platform enabling organizations to operationalize their governance, risk, and compliance programs for enhanced clarity, control, and accountability; 170 jobs
- Metro Edge Technologies – a certified minority business enterprise, operating a micro-data center, high-performance computer and cloud storage solutions company located in economically challenged urban communities, providing social & economic impact via a data center curriculum training program creating IT career paths; 55 jobs
- PartySlate – a website that inspires people planning events and connects them with the leading event professionals and venues across the country and the world; 70 jobs
- Relativity – a global legal technology company headquartered in Chicago whose market-leading data platform helps legal professionals around the world organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. The company now includes more than 1,000 team members alongside a passionate global user community of more than 180,000; 400 jobs
- TripActions – the modern business travel platform that combines AI-driven personalization with unrivaled inventory and 24×7 human support to delight employees, finance leaders, HR professionals, and travel managers alike—all while empowering organizations to seize travel as a strategic lever for culture and growth; 120 jobs
- Snapsheet – delivers the best claims management technology; 200 jobs
- Spothero – the digital parking leader and the largest place to buy and sell parking in North America, helping millions of drivers find, book and access off-street parking in 7,000 locations across 300 cities; 155 jobs
- Village MD – a national healthcare provider and provider services platform that equips primary care physicians with the clinical, operational and financial resources required to succeed in value-based care contracts, while allowing them to preserve clinical autonomy; 95 jobs
Launched in 2012 and governed by a council of tech and innovation leaders, ChicagoNEXT is World Business Chicago’s dedicated initiative to drive inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s technology economy and innovation ecosystem. Their portfolio of programs includes ThinkChicago, the Chicago Venture Summit and the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge.