Catapult Chicago puts unique spin on tech incubator/accelerator concept

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Catapult Chicago, the incubator/accelerator space for tech start-up comapnies in River North, got some great exposure recently thanks to this article in the Chicago Tribune.

Catapult was founded by partners with the law firm Foley & Lardner, which provides the space for free and offers pro bono office hours for Catapult’s 12 member companies.

Foley & Lardner senior counsel Galen Mason tells the Tribune that he hopes Catapult will someday become the tech industry equivalent of Chicago’s famed Second City improv club, which remains a breeding ground for some of today’s biggest TV and Hollywood stars.

“Hopefully looking back, that’s what we find. We hope Catapult becomes a place where the real tech-focused business leaders of today and tomorrow met and shared ideas.”

Jones Lang LaSalle is one of several additonal corporate sponsors for Catapult and hopes to partner with member companies to develop their long-term real estate strategies once they outgrow the Catapult space, according to JLL’s Corey Siegrist, who is spearheading the initiative with colleagues Phil Geiger and Matt Carolan.

Click here to read the full Tribune story and click here to visit the Catapult Chicago web site. (Follow them on Twitter @catapultchi.)

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