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Demand-driven tech solutions

We’re a national private sector venture collaborative that enables established companies to forecast tech disruption, then works with entrepreneurs to deliver meaningful and sustainable business results.

We facilitate every step of the process, whether working geophysically from our 50,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop, or virtually, via our in-house Media Center and the content sharing, research, publishing and events platforms of our national Innovation Networks.

Recent Collaborations

Our Entrepreneurs

  • TechNexus to Host PBS MediaShift Event on Media Innovation
    TechNexus to Host PBS MediaShift Event on Media Innovation
    TechNexus, Chicago’s private sector tech venture collaborative, will host Collab/Space — a day’s worth of expert speakers, hands-on collaboration using improv comedy techniques, and a cocktail reception focused on media innovation — produced by PBS MediaShift and sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. The event, which is open to the public (register […]
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  • TechNet Names Terry Howerton to Executive Council
    TechNet Names Terry Howerton to Executive Council
    TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs, has named Terry Howerton, co-founder and CEO of Chicago-based TechNexus, to TechNet’s executive council. Howerton is the founding chairman of ITA, a trade organization serving nearly 700 tech companies throughout the Midwest. He co-founded and leads TechNexus, a growth incubator that aligns with leading […]
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  • TechNexus Kicks-Off National Programs at Opening of its New Growth Incubator
    TechNexus Kicks-Off National Programs at Opening of its New Growth Incubator
    We’ve announced a number of programs focused on improving the qualities, connections, and successes of the national tech innovation ecosystem, which will begin rollout later this month: A national innovation network that provides a TV network that enables incubators, accelerators, and university entrepreneurship centers to better share capabilities and opportunities with one another, and then connect […]
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  • New Media Center Brings Communications Resources to Chicago’s Loop
    New Media Center Brings Communications Resources to Chicago’s Loop
    We’ve opened our dedicated Media Center with the announcement of a variety of programs already underway, a special services offer to help our startups tell their stories, and an invitation to companies to utilize our robust A/V resources. The Media Center includes a private studio and edit suite, as well as conference facilities for up […]
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  • TechNexus Partners with Forbes for Reinventing America Summit
    TechNexus Partners with Forbes for Reinventing America Summit
    CHICAGO, IL (January 15, 2014) — TechNexus, a venture collaborative, is the entrepreneurial partner for the inaugural Forbes Reinventing America Summit, scheduled for March 26-28, 2014, at Chicago’s JW Marriott. This invitation-only event will bring together leaders of the next industrial revolution for a non-partisan discussion about the role of heartland innovation in the U.S. […]
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  • Big Ideas for 2014
    Big Ideas for 2014
    Terry Howerton shared his thoughts on 2014 in this year-end piece, saying that he sees tech innovation driven by industry demands as a big story for 2014. “Entrepreneurs need bigger problems to solve, and big, industry-leading companies need the agile, creative forces of a startup,” he said. “Meaningful disruption of major industries is cheaper, faster and […]
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  • The Venture Collaborative Opportunity
    The Venture Collaborative Opportunity
    Co-founder Terry Howerton has a vision for corporate-led technology innovation focused on challenges faced by industry leaders, and building ecosystems of innovative companies thereupon. He outlined his thinking on this Bootstrapping in America interview on July 30,2013.
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  • Infobright Selected by Yellow Pages For Digital Ad Analytics
    Infobright Selected by Yellow Pages For Digital Ad Analytics
    In mid-February, 2013, TechNexus tenant Infobright announced that Yellow Pages group has selected Infopliance, Infobright’s integrated hardware/software solution, to help power its Yellow Pages Analytics performance reporting tool for digital advertisers. Unveiled in September 2012, Infopliance is the industry’s first analytics appliance purpose-built for high-performing, efficient and affordable analysis of machine-generated data, including the massive volumes […]
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  • CohesiveFT Hosts CloudCamp Chicago 2012
    CohesiveFT Hosts CloudCamp Chicago 2012
    TechNexus Collaborator CohesiveFT, a leader in enterprise software defined networking (SDN) and software defined data centers, hosted CloudCamp Chicago 2012 on Dec. 13th at the TechNexus conference center. The theme for the event wa “Who’s In Control of Your Cloud? Security and Visibility in the Cloud, and the event was open for participants to freely […]
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  • TechNexus Named Forbes Top 10 Incubator
    TechNexus Named Forbes Top 10 Incubator
    When named to the list in May, 2012, co-founder Terry Howerton explained the TechNexus’ difference: “In a typical accelerator, you bring in a class of 10 companies that all look the same, 10 entrepreneurs that all have the same experiences and the same goals, and mash them with a torque of mentors that build them […]
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  • optionMonster Democratizes Stock Trading
    optionMonster Democratizes Stock Trading
    When Jon and Pete Najarian, brothers and veteran traders of the Chicago exchanges, could no longer ignore the migration of trades from the pits to the Internet they, along with cofounder Dirk Mueller-Ingrand, pair created in 2006 as a media company that offered news, trading ideas, real-time trading stats, and other resources for options traders. […]
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  • Analyte Health Raises $22M
    Analyte Health Raises $22M
    Analyte Health, founded in 2007 and based in Chicago, creates Web portals to serve as online clinics that pair expert information with quality care for millions of Americans. Analyte Health was a collaborator in the TechNexus space from 2007 to 2009, and the company has since grown to 70 employees. In July 2012, Analyte announced […]
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  • Open Kernel Labs Acquired by General Dynamics
    Open Kernel Labs Acquired by General Dynamics
    Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) began in 2006 when founder Steve Subar recognized the immense potential of the as-yet-unknown field of mobile virtualization. Subar established the company headquarters in Chicago, where employees operate out of TechNexus. After deploying its software on more than 1.5 billion devices, OK Labs was acquired in September, 2012 by General […]
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  • Howerton Named to National Business Incubation Leadership Board
    Howerton Named to National Business Incubation Leadership Board
    Terry Howerton, co-founder of TechNexus, has been named to the board of directors of the National Business Incubation Association (“NBIA”). His three-year term will begin October 1. “I’m thrilled and honored to serve on the NBIA board,” said Howerton, “and I intend to use my involvement as a way both to bring the development interests […]
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  • TechNexus to Double Size of Chicago Tech Lab
    TechNexus to Double Size of Chicago Tech Lab
    On June 25, 2013, we announced that we will more than double our workspace and become an anchor tenant in a remodeled, historic Civic Opera House. Construction is already underway to create permanent and temporary offices and meeting facilities for up to 300 entrepreneurs and corporate partners, as well as a state-of-the-art broadcast suite and access […]
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