On March 10th, TechRise, Verizon and 1871 hosted a virtual event for 300 people in Chicagoland’s tech community to talk about closing the resource gap facing Black and Latinx early stage founders in Chicago and solutions to close that gap. The event featured panelists and speakers from the Chicago tech community, Black and Latinx co-founders, and leaders from across the Chicago business community. Speakers included Verizon’s Nia Mathis and Steven Shaw, alongside former  Penny Pritzker; Sherrel Dorsey, The Plug; Betsy Ziegler, 1871; and many more.

Below is a summary video of the event, the full event video, and individual break out panels and speakers. To learn more about TechRise and its ongoing mission to support early stage founders in Chicago, visit

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