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1871’s Momentum Awards were held in-person – Crain’s Chicago Business

A big part of Chicago’s tech community celebrated the Momentum Awards in person last night in the South Loop.

About 350 people turned out at Revel Motor Row for annual awards put on by startup incubator 1871 and its parent organization, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Another 200 or so tuned in remotely. Last year’s awards were held virtually.

The awards highlight Chicago’s tech successes, from startups to late-stage companies. Here are the winners:

ShipBob, a logistics-services and technology company, received the CityLights award. The company was part of a surprising surge in Chicago tech “unicorns” to emerge this year with valuations at more than $1 billion.  

Farmer’s Fridge, which provides fresh food to go in vending machines and retailers, took home the Momentum award. 

Mycocycle, a clean-tech startup that uses fungi to break down toxins in plastics and petrochemicals, won the Industry Disrupter award.

The Rising Star award went to 86 Repairs, a tech company that schedules equipment repair and maintenance for restaurants.

Stan Chia of Vivid Seats, an online ticket seller expected go public next month, won the CEO of the Year award.

Ellen Carnahan, a pioneer among women in venture capital, won the Chicago-ness award, and Abbott won the Corporate Champion award.


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