SmallBizDev Hackathons

July 19 - 20

Event Details

The SmallBizDev Hackathon in Chicago is a chance for you to create new financial solutions for 23 million American small businesses. With mobile technology positioned to make a real impact in this space, we want to see mobile apps that address the most critical challenges facing small businesses. So register today. The most promising submissions will win their share of our $20,000 prize purse. Plus, ALL attendees will receive 6 months of FREE access to General Assembly’s Front Row. And, thanks to a grant by Capital One, participants will also receive a $50 promo code to lend to small businesses through Kiva.

Don’t know much about small business? Don’t worry. We’ve got resources to get you started. And, on the day of, we’ll walk you through the market, highlighting the obstacles small businesses are wrestling with.

We’ll also offer on-site experts, technical resources, and real-time user feedback to help you and your team build an app with the potential for big impact. Special thanks to our volunteer small businesses:

-  Bolstr is a marketplace where emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses can quickly access funding to expand, build relationships with accredited investors, and retain 100% equity in their business.
-  Catering Out of the Box
-  Altogether Lovely Salon
-  Occasion
-  Blue Betties Boutiques
-  Praise Chicago / Chicago L.O.O.P. Catering
-  Soultry Shoes

Date: Saturday, July 19 – Sunday, July 20

Time: Doors open at 9am on Saturday. Winners are announced at 2:30pm on Sunday. Check out the daily schedule here.

Location: 1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Hackathon Rules FAQs


  • Brian Hamilton
    SVP, Capital One
  • George Vukotich
    VP Programming, 1871
  • Jennifer Tescher
    President & CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation
  • Jonathan Ozeran
    VP, Product, Zest Health
  • Vincent Shine
    Director, Mobile User Experience, Razorfish

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