When and Where
March 7, 2018
Chicago Sports Museum
Water Tower Place, Level 7
About Tech Madness
This March, Chicago Inno is bringing the tech and startup communities together for some healthy competition…bracket-style.
Tech Madness is our annual bracket challenge designed to generate awareness and excitement for the city’s ecosystem, and those that are driving it forward. Chicago Inno assembles a bracket of 64 private, fast-growing, tech-enabled local businesses, seeds them based on funding, and asks the community to vote on each matchup, every round. Companies go head-to-head, with Chicago Inno’s readers determining who moves on by answering just one question – who would you invest in? (Last year, the Chicago Inno Tech Madness bracket recorded a whopping 60,000 votes.)
Using your nominations, Chicago Inno's editorial team assembled the 2018 bracket. Check out who the list here!
How does Tech Madness work?
Nominate a Chicago startup. (We’re looking for private, tech-enabled businesses. Not a private business? Still nominate your company and we’ll consider you for our 16-company Public Pool, that will feature public or recently-exited companies. However, the 2018 Tech Madness Bracket will only feature private companies).
After we close nominations, the Tech Madness selection committee will review the submissions and decide which local companies will compete in the bracket.
We will announce 60 finalists and invite everyone to the Tech Madness Party in March to see seedings, matchups and the final bracket.
We will leave 4 slots open in the bracket. If your company was not announced as a finalist, then you will have a chance to pitch our selection committee at the event for a “play-in slot.” Onsite, the committee will pick the final 4 companies to be included in the bracket.
At the Tech Madness Party, each attendee will get a Round One bracket to fill out. Round one brackets completed onsite will count for 10 votes each. You’ll want to bring the whole team to the event to make sure you rack up those votes.
After the Tech Madness Party and bracket reveal, companies will go head-to-head throughout 6 rounds with you, our readers, voting to determine who moves on from every matchup. Every week, we'll post the updated bracket and voting will begin again. After 6 rounds, we will announce our 2018 Tech Madness Winner!
Should I come?
If you’re a part of the tech community or interested in the movers and shakers that are shaping the city’s ecosystem, come out and get connected. If you weren't annouced as a company in the bracket, then come out and compete for 1 of 4 open slots. We will select the 4 companies at the event to add to the bracket. We'll have lots of food, drinks and games for all. All round one brackets will count for 10 votes, show up and make your vote count...literally 10 times more.
This event is 21+. Guests must bring Eventbrite ticket and valid ID to enter. No ticket refunds.
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