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Tech hub 1871 merges with ITA; Illinois Technology Association's CEO stepped down in Dec.

Feb 19, 2020 - Chicago Tribune
Board and Executive Moves-Mergers and Acquisitions

Chicago's marquee tech hub, 1871, has acquired Illinois Technology Association in an effort to broaden the resources available to its member tech companies.

1871, which was co-founded by J.B. Pritzker in 2012, offers programming and support for startups and helps connect them to corporations, giving those early stage companies exposure to a larger audience. Illinois Technology Association, or ITA, focuses on slightly larger companies that have 25 to 1,000 employees and are trying to grow.

"For us, it's a total complement," said Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871. "We've got different memberships and it's an opportunity to connect all the ...