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Meet the Associates for the Summer 2013

It is not always obvious just how much work goes into putting on a three month program like TechStars Chicago.  We started ramping up in January getting ready for applications to open February 1st and will finally slow down a bit around Thanksgiving.  A program like this could never come…

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FORBES on SpotHero raising $2.5 Million

Chicago’s SpotHero Raises 2.5mm to Bring Sanity to Urban Parking The influx of West Coast VC money to Chicago continued today with the announcement that SpotHero, a recent graduate of top incubator Excelerate Labs, has raised USD2.5 million from an array of investment firms across the country. The round was…

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SpotHero gets jump on VC support

The 10 companies participating in Chicago tech accelerator Excelerate Labs got to make their formal pitches to investors last week. But that didn’t stop one of the participating companies, parking-reservations startup SpotHero, from securing an initial round of funding beforehand from Silicon Valley venture-capital firm 500 Startups. SpotHero met with…

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Chicago’s Excelerate Labs Graduates Ten Startups

Chicago’s local incubator, Excelerate Labs, held its demo day yesterday, with the program’s ten startups set to graduate. Excelerate, which offers startups $50,000 in convertible debt from New World Ventures (similar to The Start Fund model), counts Lightbank, New World, DFJ Mercury, OCA Ventures, Draper Associates, Sam Yagan and Troy Henikoff as limited partners.…

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Women-Entrepreneurs reviews Demo Day 2012

Meet the Newest Crop of Chicago Start-ups: It’s Demo Day at Chicago-based Excelerate Labs. Here’s a sneak peak at the companies on deck to pitch at the city’s iconic House of Blues. Another incubator, another high-stakes Demo Day. This time it’s Chicago-based Excelerate Labs, the incubator run by entrepreneurs Sam…

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Startup businesses pitch to investors
Startup businesses pitch to investors at Excelerate Labs’ Demo Day

Graduation day for a tech startup means trading pomp and circumstance for T-shirts and a polished, high-energy slideshow presentation aimed at persuading investors to get out their checkbooks. Wednesday marked such an occasion for 10 startups that have spent the summer at Chicago-based Excelerate Labs, an annual boot camp program…

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5 Startups that stood out at Excelerate’s demo day

Chicago’s Excelerate Labs held its annual demo day on Wednesday, trotting out the 10 fledgling companies that underwent its intensive accelerator program this summer. At the end of that program come $50,000 grants investments from Chicago’s New World Ventures as well as the chance to pitch their companies to 200…

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