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In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Quigley Visits 1871+ IHCC Hispanic Tech Incubator Businesses

Sep 29, 2017
Press Release
Quigley: Latinx-Founded Companies Are Driving Chicago Innovation & Strengthening Local Economy

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting 1871 and meeting with Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Technology Incubator businesses to learn how Latinx-founded companies are spurring Chicago innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship, and strengthening the local economy. Rep. Quigley met with several leaders from six Latinx-founded tech companies that have participated in the incubator program.

“As a leader in Chicago’s tech community, 1871 has put our great city on the map for attracting and assisting talented Hispanic entrepreneurs,” said Rep. Quigley.  “We already know that the Latino community makes Chicago and our nation stronger, both culturally and economically, and the success of the 1871 + IHCC incubator program underscores these contributions and excites me for the future ahead. Having met several of the business founders participating in the program, I’m confident that our tech sector will continue to grow, produce creative ideas, and make Chicago a magnet for diverse, forward-thinking companies.”

“IHCC is pleased to welcome Congressman Quigley today,” said Omar Duque, IHCC, president & CEO. “We are excited to share our work around helping build the next generation of Latinx entrepreneurs. Since launching the program in November 2016, 25 Latinx founders completed the program and have raised nearly one million in non-traditional capital.  Applications for the third cohort of the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Technology Incubator are now open and will begin in January 2018.”

“Bringing a diverse set of voices to the table in tech is essential, and we’re happy to have the support of our state’s leaders who share this belief,” said Howard A. Tullman, 1871, CEO. “1871 and IHCC’s joint incubator program has supported more than two dozen Hispanic founded companies, and continues to be a strong example of our commitment to increasing diversity and opportunity in tech.”

Rep. Quigley is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of congressional lawmakers that promotes policies that harness American ingenuity, innovation and entrepreneurship to grow our economy. In December, President Obama signed Rep. Quigley’s bill establishing the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into law. The creation of this new office and formalization of a Small Business Advisory Committee aims to increase communication on issues affecting small businesses by maintaining a designated representative to advocate on their needs.

Launched in November 2016, the 1871+ IHCC Hispanic Tech Incubator focuses on expanding opportunities for Latinx-founded technology companies by providing educational programming, resources, and funding support. The newest and second cohort began earlier this year with  13 companies. As part of the joint incubator program, 1871 and IHCC uses mentors networking opportunities to help Hispanic entrepreneurs navigate the industry and grow their business. As of August 2017, 25 Latinx-founded and led companies have completed the program. In addition to the companies listed below, Rep. Quigley also met with Victoria Elena Nones, founder of Satira, and Mayra Khan, founder of iDrivio.

DealerFox is a digital management and consulting firm unique to the automotive industry, where they advocate on behalf of new car dealerships.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion on technology and diversity that we had with Representative Quigley today,” said Dan Trinidad, DealerFox, founder. “DealerFox is excited to continue to contribute to the Chicago ecosystem as a Hispanic-owned tech company.”

RozaRoute is data-driven phone and smartwatch app that is working on solutions for the commercial cleaning services industry.

“RozaRoute would not be where it is today without the support and guidance of the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Technology incubator,” said Ricardo Regalado, RozaRoute, founder. “We are always excited to share our work with the community and would like to thank Representative Quigley for his interest in our journey as we work to change the perception of cleaners and the cleaning industry.”

PyroWeb provides fast and easy consultations to help customers get the right fire safety products and services.

“I am glad to have had the opportunity to discuss the positive impact of the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Technology Incubator on small businesses such as PyroWeb with Representative Quigley,” said Marco Alcala, PyroWeb, project manager.

BIM for Better is developing a platform that uses building information modeling for 3D virtual models of buildings, which aim to track energy, water, and materials for LEED and other green building certifications.

“Programs like the 1871 + IHCC Hispanic Technology Incubator are an invaluable support system for Latinx entrepreneurs such as myself,” said Juanita Garcia, BIM for Better, founder. “Thank you Representative Quigley for meeting with BIM for Better and the other companies present.”