Chicago startup LearnCore recently made headlines for their $50 million acquisition by Showpad but many may not know that Co-Founders Ryan Leavitt and Vishal Shah are also responsible for the creation of Catapult Chicago, the only peer-selected coworking community for later stage startups.
In 2012, Leavitt and Shah were looking for something that didn’t exist to take LearnCore (then VLinks) to the next level. Their business had already begun generating revenue and they were ready to seriously scale their company but at the time, Chicago only offered support for early concept companies and later stage ventures seeking big funding. “We decided to build a community that was completely peer-driven.” says Leavitt. “Our thought was, if we get the best people in Chicago with the best companies in the same place, amazing things are going to happen.” With that in mind, Leavitt and Shah teamed up with colleagues Chris Cain and Galen Mason of Foley & Lardner LLP and opened Catapult Chicago.