The Residency is an innovative program designed to empower local millennials to start businesses. The program offers an expansive set of resources to new and early-stage entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 who want to explore opportunities to launch and grow businesses in the Chicago community.

When to Apply

The inaugural Residency cohort graduated in June 2018. Applications for the 2019 Residency will open in Fall 2018. The program is open to Chicagoland millennials who are developing an idea or are in the early stages of running a business.

If you know someone who might be a great fit for the Residency, you may submit a recommendation here.

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Why should you apply for the Residency?

As a member of the Residency, you’ll be a part of an exclusive community of up-and-coming innovators and change makers representing diverse backgrounds, industries and schools from across Chicagoland.

Cohort members will benefit from:

  • 1-on-1 mentoring by Chicago entrepreneurs, Fellowship alumni and staff
  • Monthly cohort experiences
  • Entrepreneurship summit
  • Goal setting
  • Opportunity to access startup grants
  • Events and resources
  • Unparalleled networking connections
  • Participation in an entrepreneurial peer community

Program Co-Founders

The Residency is made possible through a generous grant from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge, which is sponsored by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, World Business Chicago, and ChicagoNEXT.