CEC’s New CEO Kevin Willer on What Makes Chicago Special

With all this talk of the debt ceiling and everything else nasty going on in the world right now, it can be easy to lose sight of the things to remain optimistic about. Fortunately for the entrepreneurial community in Chicago, there's plenty to look forward to -- and that's coming straight from the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center's new CEO, Kevin Willer.

If you aren't familiar, the CEC, in Willer's own words, "Work[s] with high-potential entrepreneurs to help build and grow their companies."

Naturally, it's a new hire's job to speak in rosy tones about the future, but a lot of what Willer says in a recent interview with World Business Chicago seems measured even if it's also extremely glowing. 

This is a really exciting time for the City—a lot of Chicago organizations are collaborating to support a self-sustaining entrepreneurial eco-system in Chicago, so it’s an ideal time to start a company here... Overall, there is much more activity and interest now than just a few years ago. 

Where we're lacking in activity, though, is connecting corporate Chicago with start-up Chicago, for entrepreneurs to be less segmented, and to accrue more tech talent. Though, Willer says, the entire country needs more tech talent in general.

Read the full interview over at World Business Chicago.

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