Silicon Prairie 2.0 or is P33 the solution to Chicago’s tech ranking woes?
With news high profile lease expansions by tech giants this year, it feels like Chicago is only just behind its peers in terms of all things tech — innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.
- With news high profile lease expansions by tech giants this year, it feels like Chicago is only just behind its peers in terms of all things tech-- innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. Although Chicago is the 3rd largest metro in the United States, we make up only a small piece of the global tech pie. It is hard to ignore some of the key issues Chicago faces that it’s competitive peers simply do not. But we have a solution, thanks to former Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker & serial entrepreneur/CEO of Ocient, Chris Gladwin who joined forces to create the initiative P33.
- P33 aims to leverage our young, talent heavy market, in hopes of launching Chicago into a top tier tech market and global leader for innovation. Together with 120 prominent and rising business and community leaders, pro bono work from McKinsey, Accenture and Boston Consulting group - P33 aims to be the most comprehensive plan that encompasses five different strategic committees with each its own dedicated team of specialists. In a preliminary study from P33’s consulting partners most Americans surveyed saw Chicago’s tech scene as merely invisible. With many of the right people at the same table, they intend for Chicago to surpass the country in innovation by 2033, exactly 100 years after the World’s Fair.
Source: JLL Research, P33 Chicago, Crain’s Business Chicago, Hyde Park Angels