Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that 14 tech companies will add more than 1,000 jobs in Chicago during 2017. Following the milestone announcement Mayor Emanuel will travel to Europe to promote Chicago as a leading global city and generate more economic progress. He will visit to London as part of the tech and innovation compact signed between Chicago and London by Mayor Emanuel and Mayor Khan in September 2016.
“Chicago’s growing tech economy is among the strongest in the world because it leverages the strength of our diverse economy,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The companies here today, which will create more than 1,000 jobs this year alone, represent some of the most innovative businesses in Chicago’s emerging tech community. To continue to build on the strength of Chicago’s global leadership in technology and innovation, next week we will sign new agreements to expand cooperation and collaboration with partners in Berlin, London and Milan.”
The tech companies include:
The growing strength of Chicago’s tech community has been recognized by KPMG ranking Chicago the sixth best global tech hub, Pitchbook ranking Chicago first in the country for venture capital return-on-investment and Site Selector Magazine ranking Chicago the top North American metro for corporate relocation.
“The engagement of Chicago’s tech community is unmatched by other cities and is key to driving overall economic growth for the city,” Mark Tebbe, chairman of ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago’s technology council said. “The entrepreneurs, industry leaders, skill developers, universities and innovation hubs work together to advance Chicago as a leading, global tech city by attracting diverse talent, driving inclusive entrepreneurship, improving access to capital and facilitating connections to cultivate growth.”
As an example of driving inclusive entrepreneurship, kCura, the host of today’s announcement, launched a new tech program with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) called Wired to Learn. The program brings technology to local schools. Since 2011, they’ve committed $1.3 million to CPS with great achievements in their Wired to Learn elementary schools: Pickard, Ruggles, Bennett and Funston. Their hope is to get other companies to support the program in order to increase the number of schools served. This intentional initiative represents the impact Chicago’s tech leaders can have on driving inclusive economic growth in Chicago.
Tomorrow Mayor Emanuel will travel to Berlin, then London and Milan. He will announce new agreements to strengthen Chicago’s international bonds, and promote Chicago’s companies on a global stage. He will also work to increase innovation collaboration between the cities, and establish new higher education partnerships. Mayor Emanuel will also meet with the mayor of each city and discuss ways to strengthen our partnerships. While in London, Mayor Emanuel will be joined by a delegation of Chicago companies and will continue to implement the Chicago-London Data Alliance that he and Mayor Khan signed in Chicago in September 2016.
About World Business Chicago and ChicagoNEXT
World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.
Chaired by Mark Tebbe, ChicagoNEXT leads WBC’s dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s tech economy through a portfolio of initiatives and programs governed by a council of technology leaders. With the mission to grow Chicago’s vibrant tech ecosystem, ChicagoNEXT strategic focus areas include industry, talent, capital and community.