The Residency is an innovative pilot 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.

The Residency

The application process for the Residency pilot took place during Fall 2017 and the program will take place from January to June 2018. Eligible applicants include millennials age 18-30 regardless of whether they are in school. Whether applicants are currently running a business or still developing an idea, all startup stages are eligible. Candidates should, however, be proactively taking steps to grow their businesses. Applications for the 2019 Residency will open in Fall 2018 should the pilot be extended.

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 pilot, 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 pilot 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.