Last year was a great year for startups in Chicago of all stripes. Built In Chicago just published the 2012 report full of data. Maria Katris did a great job compiling it and when you are reading it, you will get a good sense of the overall startup environment in the city. Here is the link.
The 2012 Digital Startup Report for Chicago
Some highlights: 197 digital startups launched. 59 companies raised a million or more of funding. 27 had exits.
The activity in Chicago attracted more than 50 investors from outside Chicago to invest in the city’s digital startups in 2012. “Chicago has developed into a city that every investor must watch,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Our economy is thriving and the companies we are producing are among the nation’s leaders in many sectors, and this year’s data proves it.”