Built in Chicago, the online community for Chicago startups and entrepreneurs, has just released its 2012 Digital Startup Report, and it’s got some pretty interesting and encouraging tidbits that you might be able to use in your own pitches or at least to feel in solidarity with the rest of the community. For example:
- More startups launched in 2012 than any previous year.
- A new startup launched every 44 hours. 197 of those were digital startups.
- 59 companies raised more than a million dollars.
You get the idea, and you can check out the full infographic here. Regarding the results, Matt Moog, founder of Built in Chicago said in a press release:
2012 was another record-setting year for digital technology companies in Chicago... The increasing importance of digital to Chicago's economy has been recognized by government, media, large corporations, major universities and investors from around the country. With all of these stakeholders working together, we expect to see continued growth well into the future.
So, what do you say? Think we can top it all in 2013?
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.