Startup Week celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurial communities in Chicago by bringing students, entrepreneurs, and professionals together in a way that they can connect, share, and bond. Over the course of five days, participants in Startup Week can choose events that are grouped into topics of interest. Local and global leaders are brought in to share their expertise to teach, motivate, and inspire the entrepreneurial community.

About Us


Our event is led by students, for students. The next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs will have the chance to connect and get the right tools to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and pursue their ideas with confidence, passion, and purpose.After Startup Week, participants benefit from a strong connection and a new sense of inclusion within the Chicago Entrepreneurial Community. It’s this support network that can create an ideal environment for positive change and innovation for students to thrive in.

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Chicago’s largest student-run conference

Meet world-class mentors and speakers, and hear from experts in innovative industries

50+ events ranging from workshops to networking events

Pitch your big idea for a chance to win prize money

Engaging, interactive and empowering sessions

Comfortable and inclusive environment

Diverse speakers and mentors

Explore the Chicago Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

  • Lori Lightfoot (Mayor of Chicago)

Key Speakers for Chicago Startup Week 2021

Sign up TODAY to join thousands of other entrepreneurs in celebrating the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and hearing from some fantastic speakers!

  • Lori Lightfoot (Mayor of Chicago)
  • Samir Mayekar (Deputy Mayor of Chicago)
  • Vic Mensa (Singer, Songwriter and Activist)
  • Chris Gladwin (CEO and Co-Founder of Ocient)
  • Brad Keywell (Founder and CEO of Uptake)
  • Kristi Ross (Co-Founder, Co-CEO and President of tastytrade)
  • Lior Ron (Head of Uber Freight)
  • and Many More


Join the Chicago Startup Week Family.