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Top Chicago Tech Companies

The Windy City has long been a hub for industry, home to major Fortune 500 companies like Morningstar and McDonald’s. But only recently has the Chicago technology scene seen the same type of rise as traditional industries. With companies like Groupon and Grubhub joining the ranks of the top companies in Chicago, along with tech initiatives like the Built-in Chicago program, more and more innovators are choosing the city to create their next big idea.

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Top Chicago Tech Companies

Top Tech Companies in Chicago

These are some of the top startups in Chicago based on employee count, size, profile completeness, and funding.
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Aclaimant
Chicago - Aclaimant offers a risk reduction platform designed to save time and money on workplace incidents and insurance. It engages the employee, employer, and insurance carrier in making workplace incidents everyone’s responsibility. The Aclaimant system comes with three great tools that are easy to use in reporting and resolving workplace incidents. The company was founded in 2013 and based in Chicago, Illinois.
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ActiveCampaign
Chicago - ActiveCampaign specializes in email marketing, marketing automation, and sales automation. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to 500+ pre-built automation that combines email marketing, marketing automation, CRM, and machine learning for segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat, and text. It was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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Braviant Holdings
Chicago - Braviant Holdings is a Chicago-based fintech company that uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to make smarter lending decisions. Our products transform how people access credit online by streamlining the borrowing process and creating a path to a better financial future.
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Hologram
Chicago - Hologram is a cellular platform designed for the Internet of Things. Thousands of connectivity teams rely on Hologram to keep their fleets connected around the world — from Burbank to Brisbane. Hologram was founded in 2014 by Benjamin Forgan and Patrick Wilbur. Inspired by the connectivity challenges affecting food delivery startups in Singapore, Hologram's co-founders focused their efforts on removing the red tape preventing fast-growing IoT teams from launching cellular equipped fleets around the world. What started as a Kickstarter, under Hologram's old name, Konekt, has blossomed into the de facto networks IoT teams use to launch their products. In the years since Hologram was founded, the company has been a partner to leading technology pioneers around the world. Hologram made it possible for the rapid growth of micromobility vehicles like e-scooters. Hologram kept self-driving cars connected and on the road. Hologram helped drones deliver medicine to remote communities and kept vital health devices online across six continents. The future will have billions of more devices connected to the internet. Hologram is focused on being the operating system for global connectivity.
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nativeMSG
Increase engagement & conversions while capturing more data using RCS Business Messaging and our patented RCS emulator.
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Goose
Pet Services SaaS Platform
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M1 Finance
Chicago - M1 Finance is The Finance Super AppTM that helps people manage and grow their money with control and automation – for free. With over $4 billion in assets under management, M1 has empowered hundreds of thousands of investors to open accounts and improve their financial well-being through investing, digital checking, and lines of credit.
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Avant
Chicago - Avant operates an online marketplace that provides users with access to personal loans to consolidate debt, pay unexpected medical expenses, and for family vacations. Through the use of big data and machine-learning algorithms, the company offers a customized approach to streamline credit options. The company caters to consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Avant was founded in November 2012.
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M25
Chicago - M25 is a Chicago-based Midwest-focused venture capital firm run by Victor Gutwein and Mike Asem. Since the firm's inception in 2015, M25 has invested in 90+ early-stage tech startups in over 24 cities across 11 states in the Midwest. M25's objective, analytical model and collaborative, forward-thinking approach creates a large portfolio spanning several industries across the entire region, allowing them to establish M25 as a key node in Midwest startup ecosystem.
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Chicago Startups by Funding Amount

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ActiveCampaign
Chicago - ActiveCampaign specializes in email marketing, marketing automation, and sales automation. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to 500+ pre-built automation that combines email marketing, marketing automation, CRM, and machine learning for segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat, and text. It was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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Amount
Chicago - Amount is a digital technology company that accelerates digital transformation for financial institutions. Amount partners can optimize performance across product categories by tapping into various service offerings including customer acquisition, funnel and performance assessments, and risk consulting and analytics. Amount clients include financial institutions collectively managing close to $1T in US assets and servicing more than 25 million U.S. customers.
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Arturo
Chicago - Arturo is a deep learning spin-out from a Fortune 500 company focused on delivering highly accurate measurement and predictive data. It eliminates the complexity of extracting insights from ensemble data sets and specializes in being able to deliver accurate predictions in formats that are immediately useful inside their customer’s business systems. Arturo is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and has representation across North America to support both the Insurance and Re-Insurance Industry. Arturo has recently added to its locations a presence in Ottawa, Canada.
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Ascent Technologies
Chicago - Ascent provides a cloud-based platform that helps financial services firms to keep their businesses compliant. Its platform analyzes business activities, informs about potential compliance obligations, and assists in tracking and complying with relevant requirements. The company's cloud-based solutions include issue tracking and management, industry reference and research materials, and compliance manual documentation..
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Attain
Attain is an outcomes driven platform enabling marketers with better data to achieve their goals
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Avaneer Health
Healthcare IT - Multisided Platform
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Avant
Chicago - Avant operates an online marketplace that provides users with access to personal loans to consolidate debt, pay unexpected medical expenses, and for family vacations. Through the use of big data and machine-learning algorithms, the company offers a customized approach to streamline credit options. The company caters to consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Avant was founded in November 2012.
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BenchPrep
Chicago - BenchPrep offers a learner success platform to improve engagement and outcomes for learners around the globe. A recognized expert in learner success, BenchPrep partners with organizations that administer certification, credentialing, test prep, and continuing education programs to deliver customized enterprise SaaS solutions. Many of the world’s largest assessment companies use BenchPrep's platform to provide a personalized, omni-channel learning experience to their own users within a single ecosystem. By leveraging the power of technology, data, UX expertise, and innovative instructional design, BenchPrep has helped to make learning more effective, efficient, and enjoyable for more than 3 million learners worldwide.
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Braintree
Chicago - Braintree's payment platform provides all the tools online and mobile businesses need to accept payments. Providing the global commerce tools people need to build and grow businesses, Braintree’s global platform powers payments for thousands of online and mobile commerce innovators including Airbnb, Uber, GitHub, Facebook and Pinterest. Merchants in more than 40 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia can accept, split, and enable payments in more than 130 currencies. Braintree’s SDK powers PayPal, including PayPal One Touch™, Venmo, Apple Pay, Android Pay, credit/debit cards, and Bitcoin across any device. Braintree was acquired by PayPal in 2013.
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Braviant Holdings
Chicago - Braviant Holdings is a Chicago-based fintech company that uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to make smarter lending decisions. Our products transform how people access credit online by streamlining the borrowing process and creating a path to a better financial future.
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Bringg
Tel Aviv-Yafo - Bringg helps retailers and logistics providers scale up and optimize their fulfillment and delivery services for exceptional last-mile experiences and greater operational efficiency. The data-led cloud platform digitizes and connects supply chain systems, delivery fleets, and customers. Automation and business logic are applied to delivery and fulfillment so businesses can improve delivery capacity, fulfillment services, and operational efficiency. Bringg customers such as Walmart, Albertsons, SEKO, Day & Ross, Leroy Merlin, Autozone, Boulanger, COOP, KFC and Coca Cola, have experienced double digit growth in sales from rapidly introducing new fulfillment channels while reducing operational costs. Bringg was founded by Lior Sion and Raanan Cohen in 2013 and has offices in Chicago, Tel Aviv, and London.
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Chicago's Tech Community

Why is it that the Chicago tech community is making such an impact and attracting talent from both coasts?
Startup companies are thriving in Chicago due to a combination of factors. The city has a long history of supporting business development, with a winning combination of corporate infrastructure and a talented and highly educated population providing an ample workforce. Major universities like Northwestern and the University of Chicago produce some of the best tech talent in the country. Meanwhile, the Chicago 1871 incubator located in the historic Merchandise Mart downtown has helped facilitate funding and networking opportunities for a generation of startups working in a variety of industries.

Biggest Tech Companies in Chicago

Here are some of the biggest tech companies in Chicago by employee count.
ActiveCampaign
Chicago - ActiveCampaign specializes in email marketing, marketing automation, and sales automation. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to 500+ pre-built automation that combines email marketing, marketing automation, CRM, and machine learning for segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat, and text. It was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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AHEAD
Chicago - AHEAD is a solutions-based company that helps clients move to an optimized IT service delivery model. The company creates business value through true data center innovation, transformation, and optimization of processes and technology. AHEAD serves large commercial and enterprise clients across verticals that include healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and retail.
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AON
Singapore - Aon is a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human resources solutions, and outsourcing services. It employs over 60,000 people in 120 countries worldwide. ACIA is a unit of Aon, based in Dublin, which was set up in 2009. It is one of the first centers established in Ireland that are dedicated to data analytics and innovation. ACIA provides analytical services that identify and create innovative new products and services for the many different divisions within Aon.
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Avant
Chicago - Avant operates an online marketplace that provides users with access to personal loans to consolidate debt, pay unexpected medical expenses, and for family vacations. Through the use of big data and machine-learning algorithms, the company offers a customized approach to streamline credit options. The company caters to consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Avant was founded in November 2012.
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Boeing
Boeing is The worlds second-largest defense company,Defense,Space & Security is the only aerospace business.
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bswift
Chicago - Since our inception in 1996, bswift's goal has been to use technology and information to simplify the administration of health care, reduce costs and empower consumers. In the beginning, we were known as Platinum Healthcare, a company that set out to change the world and transform healthcare by creating the first web-based CDH (Consumer-Driven Health) plan. In the process, we discovered that there was great market demand for an online benefits enrollment/administration system, so we built one. It worked pretty darn well. In fact, version 1.0 of our benefits enrollment system was a finalist out of 15,000 entrants in Microsoft's 1999 e-commerce system competition. Not bad, huh? So the company ran with it, changed its name to "bswift" and landed its first employer clients.
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Citadel
Chicago - Citadel is a leading investor in the world’s major financial markets. In markets around the world, we work relentlessly to uncover and capture new opportunities. Across a diverse range of investment strategies, we deploy our capital with the goal of generating consistently high risk-adjusted investment results for our investors and capital partners. At our core, Citadel is built to deliver excellence. We have some of the most talented and focused minds in the industry, and we activate their ideas and strategies through a robust range of proven technologies and execution capabilities.
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CNA
Chicago - CNA Financial Corporation (CNAF) is an insurance holding company. The Company’s core business commercial property and casualty insurance operations operate in two segments: CNA Specialty and CNA Commercial. Its non-core businesses are managed in two business segments: Life & Group Non-Core and Corporate & Other Non-Core. The Company’s insurance products primarily include commercial property and casualty coverages, including surety. Its services include risk management, information services, and warranty and claims administration. Its products and services are marketed through independent agents, brokers and managing general underwriters to a wide variety of customers, including small, medium and large businesses, associations, professionals and other groups. In August 2014, the Company completed the sale of Continental Assurance Company (CAC) to subsidiary of Wilton Re Holdings Limited
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Copado
Chicago - Copado is the DevOps platform enabling the world's largest digital transformations on Salesforce. Copado accelerates digital transformation projects by automating the release process, increasing developer productivity, and maximizing return on cloud investments. Copado DevOps 360™ includes Value Planning, Continuous Delivery, Automated Testing, and Compliance.
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Cresco Labs
Cresco Labs is a vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operator inciting the progressive evolution of the medical cannabis industry.
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Tech in Chicago's Suburbs

Outside of the city limits, tech companies in the Chicago suburbs are flourishing, as the combination of liveability and great schools offer an attractive combination for tech professionals looking for a suburban lifestyle for their families. The Chicago tech job board offers perhaps the most diverse array of tech jobs available between either coast. With plenty of Chicago startups hiring now, the future continues to be bright for anyone in the tech industry looking for a new place to call home.

Top Companies Hiring in Chicago

Here are some of the best startups in Chicago that are hiring.
Loadsmart
Loadsmart helps shippers move their freight fast and carriers keep trucks full.
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GCM Grosvenor
GCM Grosvenor is an investment management firm that specializes in hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure investments.
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Fission Consulting
IT Advisory for Private Equity
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UPshow
UPshow is transforming what people experience on the shared televisions of the world
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86 Repairs
86 Repairs manages the end-to-end equipment repairs and maintenance process for restaurants.
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Level Ex
Chicago - Level Ex is a developer of professional medical video games designed for physicians to capture the challenges of practicing medicine. The company uses state-of-the-art video game technology and cognitive neuroscience to capture the challenges of practicing medicine, allowing physicians to keep up-to-speed on rare and challenging cases, new medical devices and drug therapies.
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Buildout
Leading commercial real estate brokerage software
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Mediafly
Chicago - Mediafly goes beyond traditional sales enablement capabilities to help companies enable all their revenue teams with content and technology that inspire and engage buyers across the entire buyer journey. Mediafly's Evolved Selling portfolio of products combines content management, learning management, value selling and interactive presentations capabilities, along with advanced content usage and revenue intelligence analytics to improve sales and marketing strategy and effectiveness. It was founded in 2006 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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Braviant Holdings
Chicago - Braviant Holdings is a Chicago-based fintech company that uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to make smarter lending decisions. Our products transform how people access credit online by streamlining the borrowing process and creating a path to a better financial future.
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Immuware
The award-winning employee health compliance software designed to easily record and track immunizations and more.
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G2
Where you go for software.
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