Is Chicago Poised to Become the Next Great Tech Ecosystem—and How Will It Get There?


Episode 6

According to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, Chicago boasts the fifth largest economy in the United States and the fourth largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. In 2017 Chicago saw $1.9 billion in venture funding and the highest venture capital returns of any U.S. startup hub. As the City of Big Shoulders continues to grow, how can its tech sector move to the number one spot?

Joining Curiosity Unplugged today are University Professor Howard Tullman, executive director of Illinois Tech’s Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship; Clinical Professor of Law Heather Harper, the supervising attorney for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech; and Nik Rokop, Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business.