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So much in the tech sector boils down to access. Innovation and new growth strategies mean nothing without the right people in the room or the proper forum with which to network, share and collaborate. ITA has a wide array of initiatives and events that address this need for access to the burgeoning Illinois and Chicago tech industry.  

The access pillar encapsulates one of our most prolific programs, the leadership exchange, a cross-vertical program that allows c-suite executives to connect in an intimate but relaxed setting. Additional access efforts focus on strategic development, growing an unmatched network of service providers and providing top-line space to meet and collaborate at 1871 along with countless other networking opportunities.



Staying competitive and remaining on the cutting edge is crucial to keeping you and your company in the tech game. Our talent pillar arms our members with the ammunition needed to succeed in this competitive industry.

If you're looking to recruit first-class talent, look no further than the ITA Talent Portal. If you're hoping to grow and develop the personnel you already have in place, our professional development workshops will unlock that untapped potential. Be sure to tap into our expert Talent Advisory Board for advice and connections on key people issues - employment brand, diversity, campus recruitment and more. Our 360-degree approach to talent will keep you one step ahead of the competition. 



Visibility is the final component of the ITA platform for success, and it is defined by our biggest and most impactful occasion, the Momentum Awards. Held annually at the end of summer, the Awards are the premier event in the region that honors achievements from the local technology community and remain a consistent predictor of success in the tech sector locally and nationally. 

From 1999-2019, the CityLIGHTS Awards were the end-of-summer event for the ITA community. After ITA's acquisition by 1871 Chicago, the CityLIGHTS Awards became part of the annual Momentum Awards. 

ITA also activates ancillary facets of visibility through content and thought leadership initiatives, amplifying your messaging across digital platforms, white papers, newsletters, social media and more.

Lastly, as industry leaders, we believe that we should share success and harness influence to effect palpable industry-wide change for the better. Therefore, we work day-in and day-out to actualize this transformation through advocacy, diversity programming, partnerships and investments in STEM education.

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Email: collaborate@illinoistech.org