Chicago’s TechNexus Announces Roster of Spring 2012 Collaborators

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SpotHero, Storeplacer and others round out the group of 10 technology companies joining the TechNexus ecosystem.

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These 10 companies came to TechNexus because they wanted more than an incubator or accelerator program.

TechNexus, Chicago’s first collaborative ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and business leaders, announced today its spring 2012 cohort of collaborating companies, joining more than 130 growing new ventures admitted into the TechNexus ecosystem. Cohorts join on a rolling schedule but have no predefined time frame they spend within the environment.

Each company has access to TechNexus’ strong collaborative environment, which has helped generate more than 450 jobs and $80 million in investment capital since 2007. TechNexus connects innovative thinkers inside mature corporations with the entrepreneurial zeal of the startup community, tapping into the resources of the Illinois Technology Association’s 700 member companies, which tend to be more mature or growth-stage industry leaders.

The most recent collaborators to enter into the TechNexus ecosystem are:

6thirty – Internet marketing company specializing in UXD and eCommerce SEM and SEO.

Base 10 Labs – Consulting and technology for cross-platform digital signal processing, audio synthesis, and processing and recommendation engines.

Netgamix – Knowledge games with videos and multimedia. Create games and challenge friends.

PrintEco, Inc. – Cut down on office paper waste and track the financial and environmental impact of printing habits through a Web-based dashboard.

Sage Clarity – Provides Manufacturing Enablement Systems incorporating revolutionary data immersion techniques with "big data" analysis to enable the hyper information-enabled workforce of the future.

SpotHero – Reserve a Chicago parking spot ahead of time. Know exactly where you're going to park and how much you're going to pay, and get deals with up to 80 percent off.

Storeplacer – SaaS agile commerce platform connecting merchants and brands to social, mobile and other digital marketplaces.

StoryQuest – Enabling business-to-business stories and voices for mobile marketing and lead generation.

ZipFit – Predictive algorithm – the Pandora for apparel.

Zyndeo – Gives home buyers the tools to find the exact home that they are looking for without the wasted time of showings that just aren’t good enough.

“We knew from the onset we wanted to surround ourselves with dynamic entrepreneurs and additional resources to help bounce ideas against,” said Jason Lobel, CEO of Storeplacer. “TechNexus has allowed us to make these vital connections and save thousands of dollars. Additionally, we have partnered with other tenants to win early customer accounts.”

Located in Chicago’s Loop, TechNexus connects young ventures with leading tech companies and executives, serving as a hub for networking and innovation.

“These 10 companies came to TechNexus because they wanted more than an incubator or accelerator program,” said Terry Howerton, co-founder of TechNexus. “They were looking for an environment that allows them to tap into the valuable collaboration that stems from the TechNexus network.”

It is important for TechNexus to include a broad variety of collaborating companies and people.

“It’s a unique experience to grow a business at TechNexus, where you’re just as likely to meet someone from the advanced research team of Motorola Mobility as you are a young entrepreneur growing a new venture,” said Howerton. “We look for diversity of ideas and experience that can make all of the people collaborating here much stronger.”

About TechNexus Venture Collaborative
TechNexus is the gateway to collaboration for Chicago’s technology leaders. Established in 2007, the ecosystem began with private investment and community support and in partnership with the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) to serve as a ‘clubhouse’ where ventures grow, and co-working facility to bring technology professionals together, foster relationships and promote a sense of community in Chicago. For more information, visit

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