23 Chicago Startups to watch in 2023

As 2023 gets underway, Chicago Inno is looking ahead with our Startups to Watch list, a collection of early-stage startups poised for growth in the years to come.

We’ve compiled this list each year since 2014, with the goal of highlighting up-and-coming startups that have shown early signs of promise and the potential to make a big impact.

This year’s list features startups across a broad variety of industries — from food tech to jewelry insurance, products for Web3 and some that are just trying to get a little extra dough for their customers. Our 23 Startups to Watch in 2023 are tackling single-use water bottle waste, offering alternative meat products and looking for new ways to get saliva testing done more efficiently.

With no sector taking up more than 12% of the overall market, Chicago’s diverse economy has ensured that startups of all shapes and sizes can thrive here. On our list you’ll find consumer companies, B2B software providers, health care platforms and tools for making the world a cleaner place. The companies featured here, generally speaking, have raised a Series A round of funding or smaller and have been founded within the last three years.

To help us compile this year’s Startups to Watch, we reached out to Chicago venture capitalists, founders and other tech leaders to help shape the list, and we also used information from our reporting throughout the year. (New to Chicago Inno? You can follow our work by subscribing to the Chicago Inno Beat, our daily email newsletter on all things Chicago tech.)

Dive into our 23 Startups to Watch in 2023 below.


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