Apr 4 2020

Campus 1871

April 4 - 5, 2020




222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60612

What is Campus 1871

Each year 1871 and their university partners team up to create Campus 1871, a pathway to innovation! Participating students have the chance to build a business and disrupt an industry through an immersive experience that will build their skills in collaboration, ideation, and problem-solving.

After two days of intensive workshops, lectures, and mentoring, student-led teams pitch their businesses to a panel of industry leaders in Chicago’s tech community.

Who Should Attend?

University students interested in becoming founders, building a business, solving problems, developing ideas, pitching business ideas, and collaborating with other students should apply! Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Teams are most successful when there are students whose talents and expertise span from STEM fields to the arts to humanities.

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, December 4 | Application is Live on 1871.com
    Register Here
  • Friday, February 7 | Application Deadline
  • Tuesday, February 25 | Accepted Students Notified


  • Friday, April 3 | Potential for Virtual Programming TBD
  • Saturday, April 4 | 8am - 10pm, Full Day Programming at 1871
  • Sunday, April 5 | 8am - 3pm, Pitch Competition & Awards at 1871

Travel & Lodging

All of the event programming will take place at 1871. Lodging will not be provided, but supplemental travel is being explored.

University Partners

DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, Trinity Christian College, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, and University of Chicago.

About 1871

1871 is Chicago’s digital technology hub and the #1 ranked private business incubator in the world. It exists to inspire, equip, and support founders building extraordinary businesses.


Kelly DeGraaf

Date posted

Jan 8, 2020

Date updated

Jan 15, 2020