1871 and Truss Partner to Expand Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Chicago’s Startup Community

Local Midwest Tech Hub Joins Leading Online Marketplace to Connect Entrepreneurs and Startups with Best-in-Class Office Space

CHICAGO  – 1871, Chicago’s center for technology and entrepreneurship, and Truss, an award-winning marketplace for commercial real estate, announced today a new partnership to serve startup founders and entrepreneurs in Chicago.

Truss, a leading online marketplace to help small business owners find, tour and lease space, will now list 1871 spaces on their online platform including 3D tours of their options.  Entrepreneurs and founders who are looking to add or expand office or coworking space can use Truss’ platform to review and compare their options, including the amenities offered at 1871.

“1871 exists to inspire, equip, and support founders to build great businesses and ensure that they have access to all the resources that they need to thrive,” said 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler. “We know that great companies start with great ecosystems. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Truss and provide Chicago’s tech and startup community with a platform to identify the environments that will maximize their potential.”

Additionally, as startups outgrow their space, they can use Truss again to find their next office space in the market or when adding another market. Truss will also offer support to 1871 members seeking real estate advice or consulting.

“We want to help Chicago’s entrepreneurs find the right space for their businesses, either through 1871 or when they’re ready to find their own space.  We’re thrilled they can do this on Truss’ platform right from their own laptops or mobile devices,” said Tom Smith, co-founder of Truss.  “This allows business owners to focus and grow their businesses while also using the startup ecosystem to network and share ideas.”


About 1871

1871 is a not-for-profit organization that exists to inspire, equip, and support founders to build great businesses. It is the #1 ranked university-affiliated business incubator in the world, and the home of ~500 high-growth technology startups and ~1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Located in a 140,000 square-foot space in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has 350 current mentors available to its members, as well as more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that make its extensive matrix of resources possible. Visit www.1871.com for more information.

More about Truss

Truss helps small and medium businesses, find, lease and tour office, industrial and retail space with more than 300 million square feet available in  Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, D.C. and  Northern Virginia, Houston, Maryland, Miami, Philadelphia and San Antonio. The business owner can search for the space from their own computers or mobile devices. The AI-enabled technology enables business owners to find the right space in a convenient and easy manner.  Truss also offers dedicated brokers who act as the point person throughout the seamless process.  To learn more about Truss, visit www.truss.co or follow them on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Molly Lynch

Lynch Communications Group



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