Startup of the Week

Every week, the CEC highlights a homegrown startup company that has demonstrated growth and innovation within the Chicago community and beyond.

2013 Startups


Motozuma helps to bring car buyers and auto partners together in a unique and positive way.

StatHat makes it a piece of cake to track any value or event in your application. It takes just one line of code (we support 15 different languages).   


Dashfire designs startups. We partner with entrepreneurs and launch their startup ventures through software development and strategic refinement.  


Signal is an all-in-one marketing software for small businesses to manage their email, text, social media marketing and digital promotions from a single platform. 


Paperlet is collaboration platform which empowers a community of story tellers, comprises of writers, digital artist, font designers, illustrators and readers, to work together to build great stories. 

Rentalutions guides do-it-yourself landlords through the complex and time-consuming process of renting properties and provides them tools to make renting easy. 


2012 Startups


BrokerSavant is a SaaS, web-based, software solution that is the fast, sleek and affordable Commercial Real Estate Marking Engine that Brokerage Firms and Municipalities leverage to better market available properties on their own websites. 

FasTab is a customer facing payment-processing system, which allows bar patrons to open and close credit card tabs without bartender interation. 


30Second Mobile is a new-media company redefining content, conversations and connections for mobile platforms by sharing authentic information in engaging formats of about 30 seconds or less.

Mirrorgram is a fun mobile app that lets you create and share beautiful mirrored images. 

Kapow Events is a matchmaking service that streamlines event planning with prescreened unique and memorable experiences that will strengthen company ties with their employees and clients.


BitBend allows users to hold (or 'Bend') a flight for a period of time while they finalize their travel plans, essentially an option on an airline seat. 

Everpurse charge your phone directly in your bag, on the go, without any wires, ugly cases or bulky batteries. 

RIVs has completely transformed the way hiring is done through interview automation by providing a framework for collaboration among employers. 


Mrs. Judd's Games is reshaping the early childhood learning experience in the digital age with a series of fun, interactive classroom games for the Apple iPad.

FunRaising Events USA is a full-service, no-risk silent auction company that utilizes bidding technology at events in order to create a fun, interactive experience for guests and maximize proceeds for charities.

GoSoapBox allows students to ask questions, respond to polls, and indicate confusion, all in real time, through any mobile device.

MyServista enables consumers to easily compare and buy local services and to socially promote businesses that provide great value. 

CheekyChicago is the premier online magazine for the metropolitan woman of Chicago. 


Fippex provides customized and branded client portals for intuitive business-to-business content sharing and collaboration.

FFocal is a social platform that allows people to track and share upcoming events.

Ideavation creates web-based tools for hospitality sales professionals. 

Honey Apps powers Risk I/O, a low-cost SaaS application that offers a new way for security professionals to manage organizational vulnerabilities. 


A Better Chicagouses venture capital approach to help low-income youth, adults and families to get the education and skills they need to stand on their own two feet. 

Bluebuzzardcreates web-based tools for hospitality sales professionals. 

ContactKarmais a social recommendation engine that stocks B-B deals for local Chicago business owners and execs to take advantage of.


InsightHDis re-inventing how internet users discover the most premier destinations in Chicago.

CelebTangodelivers a personalized, engaging entertainment experience directly to your living room or boardroom.


MarkIT Exchange is an online, transparent and disruptive marketplace for enterprises to purchase, trade, and recycle their IT products.

Sleeve Candymatches urban hipsters with unique / out-of-print t-shirts via an online store.

Poll Everywhereis a real time audience response web application used by trainers, speakers, and educators to stylishly engage their audiences via any mobile device using texting, Twitter or web browser.  


RentStuffconnects renters and lenders in a more efficient way.

Yield Technologiesis a leader in Real Estate technology and services. At Yield we build innovative solutions that increase profitability and provide clients the necessary resources to grow their business.

HiredMyWayis a hybrid between a recruiter and a job board, offering the simple solution to the biggest problem facing the online job search industry: overcrowding.


Simple Relevancehelps small and midsized B2C companies increase revenue by personalizing communication.

FanFueledis a game-based marketing and social ticketing platform that incentivizes, tracks, and rewards word-of-mouth marketing and fan engagement.

SweetPerkpartners with shopping communities to build mobile apps branded to their unique identities.


Bellyis a universal loyalty program that offers unique and exceptional rewards to local businesses through a universal loyalty card.

InContext Solutionsprovides top consumer brands with the most rapid and cost efficient way to get reliable and actionable consumer insight within the in-store context.


2011 Startups


RETROFIT arms its clients with wireless data collection devices to ensure accountability and a personal team of wellness experts to design a tailor-made plan for weight management.

GiveForward provides a solution that empowers friends and family to contribute to a loved one's recovery and create economic stability for a family they care about.

CookItFor.Us connects Cravers to Makers to get recipes made - delivering all the benefits of homemade, without having to cook. 

Buzz Referrals helps companies create branded referral programs and promotions to get their customers talking.


Code Academy is a 12-week program that teaches passionate people how to build web applications.

New Futuro provides Latino families with a one-stop shop to help them get their students into college and beyond.


GiftBack is a personal and business gifting company that gives 10% of every purchase back to the charity of your choice.

Shortlist is a mobile social platform for professional events that helps attendees, planners and exhibitors make the most of their time and opportunity.

ExpertBids makes it easier to find the right professional service provider to start or grow a business.


DemiBooks is a new digital publisher with a software platform and distribution ecosystem for authoring richly interactive book apps for children for the iPad.

SpotHero is a platform that efficiently connects parking demand and parking supply.

plura Financial is an online business-loan matchmaker, connecting small businesses seeking competitive financing with a network of banks nationwide.


KoalaDeal is your free personal shopper on the internet.

Mob Manager helps businesses manage daily deals, measure success, and create repeat customers by using our automated marketing, loyalty, and analytics tools.

Mineful helps companies use data to retain customers.

Power2Switch is a website that allows businesses to comparison shop for electricity suppliers in Illinois.

Dabble is an online marketplace for affordable, one-time classes.


HaveMyShift enables companies to give their hourly employees an easier and more efficient way to trade their shifts online.

Shotfarm's free Product Image Exchange--a single platform where all manufacturers can post their product images and all retailers can come to download them--centralizes the transfer of these assets to reduce that inefficiency by 85%.

SitterCity is the leading online solution for connecting families with high-quality, local caregivers, including babysitters, nannies, tutors, elder care providers, pet sitters, and housekeepers.

Evive Health creates and delivers data-driven, evidence-based, and highly personalized health communications that both encourage the appropriate use of medical services and foster positive lifestyle behavior change.





PipeJump, a CRM and sales tracking tool with which you can manage your sales process and business contacts.

ProOnGo accurately fills out your customized expense reports.

FeeFighters is a free comparison shopping website for credit card processing.




Contact Information

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
222 Merchandise Mart Plz, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654