Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
Elliot Richardson, CEO and President of SBAC, and the founders of ElmSpring Chicago, Thomas Bretz and Adam Freeman, recently announced a partnership to offer shared resources for technology start-ups in the ElmSpring Accelerator program. The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small businesses through political advocacy, support services, and educational programs. ElmSpring Accelerator is a seed accelerator program focusing on disruptive ideas in real estate technology and other related industries. The program offers unparalleled access to mentors, investors, and an expansive proprietary network of real estate professionals and companies.
The SBAC and ElmSpring will work in tandem to develop and offer a broad series of entrepreneurship education courses, professional workshops, and seminars geared toward Chicago’s start-up community. The partnership also grants participating companies in the ElmSpring Accelerator free membership in the SBAC. Members of SBAC can take advantage of community-based networking, product and service discounts, and game-changing benefits like the SBAC health care exchange and SBAC co-branded credit cards.
“The partnership between SBAC and ElmSpring will be a timely and impactful effort to foster entrepreneurship in the City of Chicago. A focus on tech-related businesses will strengthen the city’s reputation as a rising star in the digital game,” said Richardson.
Bretz agrees, “This type of partnership has numerous possibilities for all involved in the accelerator program and the city at large. It is our chance to curate a real estate technology community that currently does not exist, leveraging our tech expertise to change the dynamic of small business, the Chicago job market, and the real estate industry all at once.”
ElmSpring is now accepting applications for its Summer 2014 session. Companies selected into the ElmSpring Accelerator can expect immediate, guaranteed access to seed funds, office space, and a specialized network of mentors in addition to the SBAC educational partnership. During the session, companies will have the opportunity to test their products within some of the city’s largest brokerage, mortgage, and real estate investment firms. The session will conclude with a pitch to ElmSpring’s network of investors and venture capitalists. Beyond the program ElmSpring offers various opportunities to continue connecting and growing beyond the start-up phase.
Candidate companies, mentors, and investors looking for more information about the ElmSpring Accelerator or the SBAC/ElmSpring partnership should contact Colleen O’Toole, Director of Operations, at cotoole(at)elmspringchicago(dot)com.