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Who they are

Founded in 2012, 1871 was created as a home for Chicago’s digital startup community. It has evolved into the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today, 1871 is the home of 400+ early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 150,000 square foot facility is now the large private startup incubator in the world.

How we helped

Our recruiters are housed onsite at 1871 and offer their expertise to 1871 companies and alumni. In the past four years, we have partnered with more than 100 member companies on more than 150 openings. Our recruiters have also managed the internal hiring for the 1871 team, placing more than 20 1871 team members at the #1 startup incubator in the world.


Who we helped hire

Entire development team and 9 additional hires for Thyng (AR/VR startup)
VP of Sales & Services
Manager of Mobile Development
4 3D Modeler/Animators
2 iOS Developers
1 Android Developer


Head of Product Management 

Operations Director
4 Digital Marketing Coordinators

1871’s internal team
Director of Membership & Programming 
VP of Creative 
Director of Events 
Manager of Development & Donor Relations
Director of Marketing 
Program Director 
Manager of Events 
Video Editor/Cinematographer 
Facilities Associate 
Social Media Coordinator
Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator
Finance Associate

The Numbers

110+ Hires
Average Salary of $72,500
$2,500 Cost / Hire

What They Say

Tom Alexander
Tom Alexander
Former COO
5 star rating

"Hirewell helped 1871 hire one of the most outstanding teams around"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Hirewell served as 1871's recruiting firm -- both for the organization as well as for the member companies. We hired over 20 people using Hirewell at 1871, and Hirewell helped dozens of member companies find talent as well. They were extremely successful in both tasks.

What do you like best?

What I really loved was the thoroughness and thoughtfulness Hirewell put forth with every hire. They really acted as though they were hiring someone for their own team and they operated as an extension of our team. They took the time to show their work and include everyone in the process, and it resulted in outstanding outcomes.

What do you dislike?

The only downside I can think of is that from time to time Hirewell's knowledge of the marketplace and the realities of hiring didn't match our Pollyannish vision for what we wanted to do. But even this was very helpful as it helped us understand what was possible, probable, and what would make us successful.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Go for it. You'll find a dynamic, hard-working and thoughtful partner with Hirewell and your team will be better for it.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

Simply put, Hirewell helped us (and our member companies) get better people than we ever thought imaginable, faster and more successfully than we realized we could. This changed the look and feel of 1871 forever and the impacts of our efforts will be helpful for a long time. Hirewell helped us hire a diverse, inclusive, thoughtful, dynamic and vibrant team and that team went on to build 1871 what it is today, so Hirewell has played a critical role in 1871's (and Chicago's) story.

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