Tech Day offers an opportunity to celebrate industry growth while fostering continued collaboration within the tech sector
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that 16 local technology companies have added or will be adding a combined 2,000 jobs in Chicago in 2018 and 2019. From fintech and supply-chain, to automation and artificial intelligence; these companies chose to expand in Chicago because of the City’s growing reputation as a global tech hub, its diversified economy and its strong talent pool.
“Chicago’s technology economy is diverse, young and thriving,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The companies here today represent some of the most innovative businesses that touch every emerging industry and represent why the City continues to build its reputation as a leading tech hub. I congratulate you on your growth and wish you continued success in the future.”
Through its tech initiative ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago hosted the local companies as part of its annual Tech Day. The event celebrates the growth within the technology sector and provides a platform for local companies to come together to collaborate on the latest issues facing the industry.
“An innovative economy is a growing economy, and innovation lives here in Chicago,” said Andrea Zopp, President & CEO of World Business Chicago. “Whether it is entrepreneurs, tech icons, innovators, incubators, or emerging talent, all play a critical role to advancing Chicago as a global tech hub. Together we are making Chicago’s tech scene more inclusive and better positioned to build a new economy with jobs in groundbreaking fields like artificial intelligence, automation, cryptocurrency, and quantum computing.”
Tech remains Chicago’s fastest growing industry sector, employing more than 143,000 people working with more than 4,000 digital companies – one of the largest tech talent pools in the United States.
The growing strength of Chicago’s tech community has not gone unnoticed. With a strong startup scene and a number of fast-growing tech companies, Chicago was recently identified by Deloitte as a top 10 global tech and innovation hub. In addition, MODIS ranked Chicago the number one tech spot of the future; Pitchbook again ranked Chicago first in the country for venture capital ROI; and Site Selector Magazine ranked Chicago among the top North American metros for corporate relocation and expansions for the sixth year in a row.
The tech companies participating in Tech Day 2018 include:
Launched by Mayor Emanuel in 2012, ChicagoNEXT is World Business Chicago’s dedicated initiative to drive inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s technology economy through a strategic focus on capital, talent, industry and community activities.