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ICCC is excited to return to Chicago for the 9th time in 2021! Chicago is home to 463 ICCC alumni, and since their participation they have averaged 75% growth in revenue, created 1,784 jobs, and raised $248.86M in capital.

The ICCC Chicago program will be offered virtually in 2021, with the Opening Seminar Series taking place the afternoons of Tuesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 27th. The 2021 program will also include recruitment efforts in Milwaukee, WI.

For questions regarding the 2021 Chicago Cohort, reach out directly to Marynee Pontes, Deputy Director, at or 617-238-3035.

“My coach has been FANTASTIC to work with, and already provided so much value in helping me chart the future course of my company. I’m incredibly thankful for the introduction, and look forward to integrating myself further into this wonderful community!”

Futurehaus, 2020 ICCC Chicago Participant

 2021 Chicago Timeline

  • Kick-Off Event: Tuesday, March 16th
  • Nomination Deadline: Friday, April 23rd
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 7th
  • ICCC Chicago Virtual Opening Seminar Series: Afternoons of Tuesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 27th.

Become a Nominator for the 2021 Chicago Cohort

As a Nominator with ICCC, we would work together to identify and nominate businesses in your network to participate in ICCC.

We’ve created the 2021 Chicago Nominator Toolkit which includes our Nominator Process Packet, sample language to promote the program, and other tools to best assist you through the nomination process. It outlines the various ways you can get involved as a nominator, the nomination and application timelines, best practices, and FAQs.

You can nominate business owners using our online Nomination Form, or by uploading your nominations to the ICCC Nomination Template and emailing it to by Friday, April 23rd.

For questions about the nomination process, contact Marynee Pontes at or 617-238-3035.

Become a Collaborator with the 2021 Chicago Cohort

As a Collaborator with ICCC, we would work together to promote and provide resources to the larger small business ecosystem by hosting webinars, volunteering as coaches for ICCC, and participating in various panel discussions.

If you’re interested in serving as a Collaborator, please schedule a call to speak with Marynee Pontes here.

Apply for the 2021 Chicago Cohort

Are you a business owner from Chicago or Milwaukee looking to pivot your business and to gain insights to help your business survive, recover and grow? If so, apply to participate in ICCC today! The application deadline is Friday, May 7th.

Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to schedule a phone interview with ICCC. For questions about the application process, contact Jarred Jones at or 617-238-3056.

“Thank you for this excellent opportunity to learn from engaging speakers who care. It’s great to be able to learn strategies and best practices with experts as well as connect with other entrepreneurs.”

All Weather Specialist, 2018 ICCC Chicago Participant

Resources for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

We’ve created the Small Business Resource Center, which hosts a wide range of national and local resources aimed at supporting small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find local Illinois resources here.


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