101 Top Illinois Social Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Social companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Social industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Social Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies is a global leader in barcode printing and RTLS technology including printers, RFID, software and supplies.

Groupon

Groupon

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Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that offers discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies.

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Sprout Social

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Sprout Social provides a platform for businesses to manage social media engagement, publishing and analytics.

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Five to Nine

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Five to Nine manages & evaluates virtual event programming so you can focus on building the employee experience.

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Popular Pays

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Popular Pays is a platform that connects brands with creators who make content worth sharing.

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4C Insights

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Scope by 4C™ is the leading self-service intelligence platform for marketers to drive business outcomes across closed ecosystems.

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ShoppingGives

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ShoppingGives encourages consumers to make an impact through its change commerce technology.

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Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne National Laboratory conducts researches in basic science, energy resources, and environmental management.

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tastytrade

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Tastytrade is a financial media company that offers trade and finance-related edutainment content for traders and investors.

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Cameo

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Cameo is a marketplace where fans can book personalized video shoutouts from their favorite people.

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Hunt Club

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Hunt Club is a new kind of talent company that leans on subject matter experts to find your next great hire.

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Rise Interactive

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Rise Interactive is a full-service digital marketing agency, helping leading brands drive better business outcomes.

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Basecamp

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Basecamp is a private, secure space online where people working together can organize and discuss.

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Networked Insights

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Networked Insights provides analytics that enable companies to make data-driven marketing decisions and improve media efficiency.

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Blinkfire Analytics

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Blinkfire Analytics uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyze multimedia resources and generate reports.

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UpCity

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UpCity helps businesses find service providers they can trust.

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Geofeedia

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Geofeedia is specializing in location-based social media monitoring, intelligence, and analysis for corporate security and more.

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UpNext

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UpNext The Game of Music Discovery that maximizes exposure for new & emerging artists.

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SIM Partners

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SIM Partners is a marketing businesses that focuses on improving communication with local markets.

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Professional Diversity Network

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A best resource for meeting diversity recruitment goals.

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RiseKit

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RiseKit connects un(der)employed job candidates to careers, training, and resources while providing analytics for employers and grantmakers.

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TruePublic

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TruePublic is a crowd-sourced platform that allows users to ask questions, share honest opinions, and learn about the world around them.

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Social Market Analytics

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Social Market Analytics quantifies social media data and provides actionable market intelligence primarily to financial market investors.

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Cision

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Cision is a global media intelligence company that offers PR and social software as well as analytics.

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Abe’s Market

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Abe’s Market is an online marketplace that provides natural product entrepreneurs with a platform to showcase their products.

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PeopleVine

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PeopleVine was built for private clubs and member-based business looking to provide premier and elevated experiences for their members.

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The Desire Company

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Bite-sized, shoppable Masterclass

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Future Founders

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Future Founders is a nonprofit that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur.

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Sentic Technologies Inc

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Sentic is a Chicago-based startup that programmatically incorporates trends, inventory levels, and social activities into digital marketing.

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Open Water

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Sustainable packaging for plastic-free oceans

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Strike Social

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The global leader in AI for social advertising

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® is an international service organization.

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SportsLock

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First of its kind, real-time, short duration fantasy sports experience. Draft against friends, compete in brackets, survive and win cash!

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PowerPublish

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PowerPublish is a virtual newsroom that leverages technology and content automation that turns modern brands into power publishers.

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WeSolv

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WeSolv is a technical solution that engages diverse candidates in real business.

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Tagkast

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Tagkast is a photo marketing platform to help event marketers increase social reach and capture consumer data

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mRelief

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mRelief offers an online and SMS tool for low-income Americans to find out if they qualify for social services.

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Ditto

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$1-A-Ditto across Brokerages & Exchanges Globally -A StatsBased IncomeDriven Platform Powering Decentralized PonziProof Investing

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Earshot

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Earshot is a precision-based customer acquisition platform

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elicit

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elicit develops onsite search software solutions for the internet, mobile devices, and social media.

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Noirefy

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Noirefy is a web platform that connects diverse professionals to corporations using data and referrals.

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Sivic

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A Chicago, IL-based maker of a ‘post function’ app.

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Health As We Age, Inc.

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HAWA is Your Friend In Healthcare. Let us connect you to health & fitness providers, device and lab data, incentiv and well-being solutions.

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Growth Geeks

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Growth Geeks is an online marketplace for high quality, vetted marketing services.

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StageBloc

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StageBloc is the best way to create, promote and sell anything.

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Pairade

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Pairade is an application where fans can see and interact with entertainers and bands.

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matchist

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Matchist is a product design company that helps businesses with APIs develop certification programs.

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Sarah’s Circle

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Sarah’s Circle envisions a safe and secure home for every woman in Chicago.

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Yapmo

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Yapmo is a mobile software company providing tools that enhance employee engagement and productivity and reduce information overload.

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Oomi

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Oomi Smart Home. Available now on Indiegogo.

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For True Foodies Only

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True Foodies is the culinary world in your pocket.

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SiteVibes

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A User Generated Content & Visual Marketing Platform helping ecommerce businesses engage shoppers.

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BCKSTGR

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BCKSTGR, an authenic way to engage and influence today’s digitally connected consumers through virtual currency, rewards, and gamification.

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TableNOW

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TableNow is a web based online table booking software.

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PreeMe+You

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PreeMe+You is a social benefit health startup that works to improve premature infant health and developmental outcomes.

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SketchMe

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SketchMe is a social media application that enables its users to capture their friends’ special moments and share them with one another.

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Transparentrees

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Transparentrees is a web-based app, listing company and employee reviews while revealing the reporting structure within an organization.

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Lasso

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Lasso is a communications platform that develops social networking and mobile applications.

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Bambu

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Bambu is software that renders advocacy solutions for employees of a company to share curated content on social networks.

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CloudSpotter Technologies

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CloudSpotter is an advanced photo analytics firm paving the path for private, automated photo sharing.

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SocialKaty

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SocialKaty is a social media marketing agency developing strategy and daily execution of social media marketing for brands.

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Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation drives venture creation and technology commercialization at the University of Chicago

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eMazeMe

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eMazeMe allows its users to find and share their preferred service providers by creating a social directory of trusted businesses.

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Sensefolio

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Artificial Intelligence ESG Data startup specialized in socially responsible investment #AI #ESG #SRI #AM #FinTech

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soundBYTE App

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soundBYTE is a social application that allows its users to record audio, called BYTES, and share them on a limitless platform.

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Buzz Digital (formerly Buzz Referrals)

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Buzz Referrals enables companies to have their own referral programs that integrate with both social media and their company websites.

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VivaKi

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Vivaki, a marketing communications organization, provides digital advertising solutions that connects advertises with consumers.

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Sycamore Media

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Sycamore Media Holdings is a media startup that focuses on promoting entrepreneurship

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LuminAID

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LuminAID seeks to make safe light and energy accessible for all.

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Transistor.fm

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Podcast hosting and analytics for creatives, brands, and professionals.

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BCV

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BCV is a full service social media provider focused on the hospitality industry.

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Laudville

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Laudville observes users’ activities on social and entertainment sites to recommend movies, music and books.

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WOW

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WOW is an online content provider in entertainment, health, technology, food, lifestyle, family, sports, and finance.

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Kumbuya

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Kumbuya is a social commerce site that allows users to create communities of people with similar interests.

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DateBox

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Dating is hard, how about a little help from your friends?

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Dishable

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Dishable’s method for Consumer Research is faster, broader, more expanse, and less expensive than using traditional survey tecniques.

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Walker Sands

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Walker Sands is a B2B marketing agency focused on accelerating growth.

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Spare to Share

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Save money, make money and strengthen community ties via sharing, rental & sales within closed trusted groups such as residential buildings.

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Black Doctor

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BlackDoctor.org is the nation’s leading health website for African Americans. Currently reaching 14.5 million users per month, BlackDoctor.

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snapAsong

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snapAsong is a smartphone app that enables its users to take and share pictures with its current background music.

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ScoreMore

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ScoreMore is a mobile technology that enables users to increase their fan engagement and drives team revenues at large venues.

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Exact Data

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Direct Marketing Services including Postal, Email, and Phone Lists and Social Media Pay-Per-Click Advertising

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Golin

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Golin offers businesses with technology solutions and insights that focus on connecting brands with their customers.

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GiftPrompt, Inc.

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GiftPrompt is a tech company with a vision to automate and personalize eCommerce via mobile app.

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Straight North

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Straight North is a digital marketing, search engine optimization, and website design company.

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Innovare – Social Innovation Partners

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Our data strategy app Inno™ empowers education leaders to impact students and communities.

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Aspen Marketing Services

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Aspen Marketing Services is a digital marketing company focusing on both response and engagement techniques.

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Graham Media Group

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Graham Media Group is a broadcast media company.

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EdgeRank Checker

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EdgeRank Checker is a free tool enabling Facebook marketers to check their page’s exposure within Facebook.

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SocialDefender

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Social Defender helps businesses manage and protect their social presence across all social platforms.

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Brickfish

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Brickfish provide social media software that enables brands to build, manage and monitor social engagement and ROI.

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Student Film Channel

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Student Film Channel provides an online video platform for films and videos created by students.

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Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper that features local and international news, along with in-depth coverage of sports, business, and more.

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Bizware

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Bizware provides an online platform that allows networking, financing, prequalification, and connecting for selling or buying businesses.

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Mirror.me

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Mirror.me is a company that provides technology for customer service representatives to video chat and access remote control capabilities.

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Birdfeud

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Birdfeud is a Twitter-powered social debate platform that gives its users a place to engage in the biggest conversations online.

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COS

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COS is a Chicago-based online music publication that reports on all of music’s breaking news, in addition to hyping new artists and more.

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Pear (formerly Apparel Media Group)

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Pear helps groups and events obtain sponsorships support from major brands and local businesses.

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debate.org

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Debate.org is a free online community where intelligent minds from around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others.

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Attack of the Fanboy

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Online media platform that covers video game news, video game reviews, game guides and more.

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Be Found Online

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Be Found Online is a boutique digital marketing company that is focused on search engine marketing strategies.

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