The Latinx Incubator is a first-of-its kind partnership between IHCC and 1871. The mission of the incubator is to grow the pipeline of Latinx entrepreneurs participating in and contributing to the Chicago tech and innovation economy. 

Startups selected for the incubator join 10-12 of their peers in a 3-month cohort. During the program, founders go through a rigorous curriculum to help them test their ideas and understand what it takes to develop a real product and attract customers for it. Sessions also focus on educating founders on their finances and the different forms of capital available to them. Incubator companies benefit from constant peer-to-peer feedback, one-on-one coaching, and access to mentorship opportunities.

The program culminates in two exclusive events. The first is a private pitch with key stakeholders from 1871,  IHCC and the investment community. The second is a capstone Demo Day with the Chicago tech ecosystem. 

Applications for Cohort 6 are now accepted until Monday, August 12th.

Why Participate? 

Participants in the Latinx Incubator are fully immersed in the IHCC and 1871 tech ecosystem. During the course of the 12-week program, startup founders have access to:

  • Co-working space within 1871 and its member benefits 

  • Tailored educational sessions and workshops to help their business gain traction

  • IHCC & 1871 network of mentors

  • Exclusive networking events and extensive public exposure


  • At least one co-founder must commit to attending the full 12-week program in Chicago

  • Startup must be a for-profit business

  • The product or service must have a focus on technology. Technology must be a critical component of the business model.

Preferred (not required):

  • A scalable product or service

  • An MVP or pilot (beyond idea stage)

  • Startup interested in becoming investment ready

Judging Criteria: 

  • IDEA: Innovative solution 

  • TEAM: Motivated and skilled team  

  • MARKET SIZE: Clear market opportunity and revenue potential 

  • TRACTION: Demonstrated commitment to building a company and measurable progress

  • ATTITUDE: Openness to growth and interest in collaborating with peers

The Selection Process: 

  • Applications for Cohort 6 are now accepted until Monday, August 12th.

  • Finalists will interview in person with 1871 and IHCC leadership the week of August 19th

  • Selected startups will be notified  the week of August 26th

  • Cohort 6 is scheduled to launch on September 9th

To learn more about the program, contact Liana Bran at 312.425.9500 


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June 2019 | cohort 5

June 2019 | cohort 5

December 2018 | cohort 4

December 2018 | cohort 4

april 2018 | cohort 3

april 2018 | cohort 3

august 2017 | cohort 2

august 2017 | cohort 2

MARCH 2017 | Cohort 1

MARCH 2017 | Cohort 1


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About Our Partner 1871

1871 is the home of over 500 high-growth technology startups and more than 1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Located in a 150,000 square-foot space over three floors in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has hundreds of expert mentors available to its members, as well as more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that all work towards our collective mission of making Chicago the best city in the world to start a business. Visit www.1871.com for more information.