Vote for your favorite Chicago based startup. The CEC in conjunction with the Momentum Awards is trying to identify Chicago’s coolest startup. There are some HPA companies on the list.
Risk I/O, SimpleRelevance, and Food Genius are ready willing and able to accept your support. Vote early and often. It’s Chicago (heh)!
An aside, look at the list of companies. They all are pretty cool. They all are a part of the ever expanding ecosystem that is Chicago and the midwest in general. Most of them have deep roots in industries and other companies that are based in the midwest.
If you aren’t aware of the startup scene in Chicago, look at the list. Become a customer of one of the companies. Download their app. Make an introduction to a potential customer. Talk about it amongst your friends.
Investment is an important part of growing the Chicago startup community, but all of the above help tremendously too. And it doesn’t cost you a dime!