Community Startups


10-Week After School Program

Our Incubator Program runs for 10 weeks, working with students to think critically about the issues they face each day and to problem solve, using the resources technology provides. The culminating pitch event showcases their social innovations and impact-based business models, and is open to the public.

Current Incubator Partners



SUMMER Program

Our Accelerator Program pairs selected teams of Student Founders with Corporate Mentors, Tech Hubs and Chicago Community partners to launch their products, generate revenue and seed educational scholarships and grants. Each team receives seed investment, professional mentors, reliable transportation, startup office space, hands-on education and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch and exit their first business before returning to school in the fall. Student Founders work as a team two days per week from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. 

2017 Dates Announced: july 17 - August 18




1-Day Program

Community Startups' one-day workshop works to engage communities and groups in focused discussion around shared concerns and issues. Workshops provide the audience a way to share perspectives, participate in ideation sessions and come together with action items and take aways. Community Startups pulls from a network of over 500 Chicago-area nonprofits across all cause areas to provide deeper insight into barriers and fact-based information to explore community concerns.