Chicago has transformed into a prime hub for digital business thanks to a host of new ventures seeded by the success of Groupon, Orbitz, and Feedburner. As the tech landscape grows more crowded, here's some expert advice on standing out.
"I'm of the opinion that you got to go lean startup, you have to take as little money as possible, and try to do as much with it as possible. Build a prototype, build some traction, get some customers, get some users, have some data you can use, and then bring it to the investment community for a much bigger round and a better evaluation. So, lean startup; less is more." -- Kevin Willer
Accelerators offer hands-on help from experienced mentors, sources for seed capital, and sometimes even co-working locations, and give entrepreneurs what they need to take a startup from concept to market more quickly and effectively than if they go it alone. Here's how you can get connected.