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Freshwater Advisors is a Chicago-based venture development firm and innovation consultancy that connects corporations to entrepreneurial ecosystems. By scouting early stage technologies and evaluating new ventures for investment and partnership opportunities, Freshwater helps corporate clients speed to market new innovations. Freshwater’s proprietary technology platform provides corporations with customized startup portfolios, market insights, and tracking tools to help them effectively scout and engage with innovative startup companies. Since the company’s founding in 2013, Freshwater has worked with 21 major corporations, including 16 Fortune 500 companies.

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Freshwater has worked with 25 leading corporations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. We have expertise across a broad range of industries, including highly regulated areas such as finance, energy, industrial, and healthcare/pharmaceuticals. Freshwater also partners with leading government entities and leading non-profits that build entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country.

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State Farm, Microsoft sign up for startup speed-dating

The Corporate-Startup Challenge, which introduces startups to the state’s largest companies, is gearing up for a third round. The program, run by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, has signed up State Farm, Microsoft, Underwriters Laboratories and Danfoss, a Danish manufacturer with a facility in Loves Park, for its next installment.

The founder of Freshwater Advisors on the importance of a fast ‘no’

Few people have experienced the breadth and depth of Chicago’s innovation scene as David Weinstein, founder and managing partner of innovation consultancy Freshwater Advisors. He was the founding president of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, he launched two technology companies, and he was a senior technology advisor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Today, Weinstein scouts […]

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