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Fail Faster,
Succeed More Often
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For $250/mo., you get 24-hour access to a desk and office services, and use of conference rooms, huddle areas, a video broadcast suite and rooftop deck (with WiFi) at Chicago’s newest, most advanced workspace and event destination. Our space is your space.

Multiply Your Resources

Multiply Your Resources


If you want to do more with what you’ve got, and get it done faster with a higher likelihood of success, we assemble the people and resources with our proven methodology to multiply your options. Our approach is to be a “force multiplier” for you.
Fail Faster, Succeed More Often

Fail Faster, Succeed More Often


Surround yourself with fellow entrepreneurs, engineers, and our proprietary networks of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Catalysts (mentors with skin in the game), so your work stays on track and gets done. We’re focused on launching real businesses.
Innovate to Meet Demand

Innovate to Meet Demand


Right now, industry-leading companies need disruptive technology solutions to solve problems and exploit opportunities. They’ve got the resources to get them to market, and the customers ready to use them. Our work is focused on those outcomes.
Idea, Meet World

Idea, Meet World


The Incubator at TechNexus is our home, but our work and vision extend far beyond Chicago. We’ve built proprietary networks of people & resources wherever they’re located, and then created the systems to connect you with them. We’re a national venture collaborative.
Where Start-Up Go to Grow Up

How do you forecast disruption?
You enable it.

Traditional venture capital falls short. Corporate innovation can lack agility. Entrepreneurs need bigger problems to solve, better industry partners and more effective incubation. Technology disruption comes faster, easier and at a lower cost than ever before, and entire industries will be redefined by entrepreneurs and engineers operating “outside” the standard channels of innovation.

We understand this new reality, and our proven model fosters this disruption by enabling it. We co-found ventures that align entrepreneurial invention with the needs and opportunities “inside” larger corporations and real marketplaces, and then we assemble and curate from our national ecosystem the right combination of engineers, partners, and vested mentors.

Our entrepreneurs build smarter, stronger companies driven by revenue. Our corporate clients profit from them faster and more often. Risk is lowered, reward is grown, and success is made far more likely.

TechNexus Companies & People

A track record of successful companies grown with TechNexus since 2007. And we’re just getting started.

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  • New Media Center Brings Communications Resources to Chicago’s Loop
    New Media Center Brings Communications Resources to Chicago’s Loop
    We’ve opened our dedicated Media Center with the announcement of a variety of programs already underway, a special services offer to help our startups tell their stories, and an invitation to companies to utilize our robust A/V resources. The Media Center includes a private studio and edit suite, as well as conference facilities for up […]
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  • TechNexus Partners with Forbes for Reinventing America Summit
    TechNexus Partners with Forbes for Reinventing America Summit
    CHICAGO, IL (January 15, 2014) — TechNexus, a venture collaborative, is the entrepreneurial partner for the inaugural Forbes Reinventing America Summit, scheduled for March 26-28, 2014, at Chicago’s JW Marriott. This invitation-only event will bring together leaders of the next industrial revolution for a non-partisan discussion about the role of heartland innovation in the U.S. […]
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  • Big Ideas for 2014
    Big Ideas for 2014
    Terry Howerton shared his thoughts on 2014 in this year-end piece, saying that he sees tech innovation driven by industry demands as a big story for 2014. “Entrepreneurs need bigger problems to solve, and big, industry-leading companies need the agile, creative forces of a startup,” he said. “Meaningful disruption of major industries is cheaper, faster and […]
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  • The Venture Collaborative Opportunity
    The Venture Collaborative Opportunity
    Co-founder Terry Howerton has a vision for corporate-led technology innovation focused on challenges faced by industry leaders, and building ecosystems of innovative companies thereupon. He outlined his thinking on this Bootstrapping in America interview on July 30,2013.
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  • Infobright Selected by Yellow Pages For Digital Ad Analytics
    Infobright Selected by Yellow Pages For Digital Ad Analytics
    In mid-February, 2013, TechNexus tenant Infobright announced that Yellow Pages group has selected Infopliance, Infobright’s integrated hardware/software solution, to help power its Yellow Pages Analytics performance reporting tool for digital advertisers. Unveiled in September 2012, Infopliance is the industry’s first analytics appliance purpose-built for high-performing, efficient and affordable analysis of machine-generated data, including the massive volumes […]
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  • CohesiveFT Hosts CloudCamp Chicago 2012
    CohesiveFT Hosts CloudCamp Chicago 2012
    TechNexus Collaborator CohesiveFT, a leader in enterprise software defined networking (SDN) and software defined data centers, hosted CloudCamp Chicago 2012 on Dec. 13th at the TechNexus conference center. The theme for the event wa “Who’s In Control of Your Cloud? Security and Visibility in the Cloud, and the event was open for participants to freely […]
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  • TechNexus Named Forbes Top 10 Incubator
    TechNexus Named Forbes Top 10 Incubator
    When named to the list in May, 2012, co-founder Terry Howerton explained the TechNexus’ difference: “In a typical accelerator, you bring in a class of 10 companies that all look the same, 10 entrepreneurs that all have the same experiences and the same goals, and mash them with a torque of mentors that build them […]
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  • optionMonster Democratizes Stock Trading
    optionMonster Democratizes Stock Trading
    When Jon and Pete Najarian, brothers and veteran traders of the Chicago exchanges, could no longer ignore the migration of trades from the pits to the Internet they, along with cofounder Dirk Mueller-Ingrand, pair created in 2006 as a media company that offered news, trading ideas, real-time trading stats, and other resources for options traders. […]
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  • Analyte Health Raises $22M
    Analyte Health Raises $22M
    Analyte Health, founded in 2007 and based in Chicago, creates Web portals to serve as online clinics that pair expert information with quality care for millions of Americans. Analyte Health was a collaborator in the TechNexus space from 2007 to 2009, and the company has since grown to 70 employees. In July 2012, Analyte announced […]
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  • Open Kernel Labs Acquired by General Dynamics
    Open Kernel Labs Acquired by General Dynamics
    Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) began in 2006 when founder Steve Subar recognized the immense potential of the as-yet-unknown field of mobile virtualization. Subar established the company headquarters in Chicago, where employees operate out of TechNexus. After deploying its software on more than 1.5 billion devices, OK Labs was acquired in September, 2012 by General […]
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  • Howerton Named to National Business Incubation Leadership Board
    Howerton Named to National Business Incubation Leadership Board
    Terry Howerton, co-founder of TechNexus, has been named to the board of directors of the National Business Incubation Association (“NBIA”). His three-year term will begin October 1. “I’m thrilled and honored to serve on the NBIA board,” said Howerton, “and I intend to use my involvement as a way both to bring the development interests […]
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  • TechNexus to Double Size of Chicago Tech Lab
    TechNexus to Double Size of Chicago Tech Lab
    On June 25, 2013, we announced that we will more than double our workspace and become an anchor tenant in a remodeled, historic Civic Opera House. Construction is already underway to create permanent and temporary offices and meeting facilities for up to 300 entrepreneurs and corporate partners, as well as a state-of-the-art broadcast suite and access […]
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  • Ocean Tomo Partnership Adds IP Expertise To TechNexus
    Ocean Tomo Partnership Adds IP Expertise To TechNexus
    Ocean Tomo, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, has entered into formal agreement with TechNexus for accelerated development of propriety products and services supported by corporate partnership. Ocean Tomo will make intellectual property valuation, patent quality ratings, investment, risk and transactional advisory services available to all TechNexus clients as a preferred provider. Corporate clients of […]
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  • “An incubator that's been a fixture in the Chicago scene for years.”

    The Atlantic
    The Atlantic
  • "A nurturing community dedicated to the diverse tech business ecosystem blossoming in the City of Big Shoulders.”

    Business News Daily
    Business News Daily
  • "Known as the crown jewel of the Chicago Tech Community, TechNexus is the premier forum where Chicago’s technology leaders gather.”

    Elite Daily
    Elite Daily
  • "TechNexus’ status as a top-ten incubator... is based off the one thing that matters: the companies that call TechNexus home.”

    Pando Daily
    Pando Daily
  • “TechNexus was recently voted as one of the top ten incubators in the US; an impressive accomplishment, especially considering they do not consider themselves an incubator…”

    DeskMag
    DeskMag
  • “The gateway to collaboration for Chicago’s technology leaders.”

    Business News Daily
    Business News Daily
  • “TechNexus aims to be a collaboration environment rather than a program.”

    Tech.li
    Tech.li
  • "Too much of what passes as a startup venture today is really just a good new product, not a scalable business. Entrepreneurs need bigger problems to solve, and big, industry-leading companies need the agile, creative forces of a startup."

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune
  • "TechNexus is at the junction of high tech and art deco, where established corporate citizens meet upstart new startups."

    Chicago Tribune
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