Why we focus on diversity?

We focus on diversity because while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.
Technori welcomes all entrepreneurs, but we especially encourage founders with diverse teams and backgrounds to apply to present because providing more talent with the chance to build companies creates a stronger economy.
How we affect this is important; female, minority and first-time founders are notoriously underserved by the investor community – we equalize the fundraising landscape by providing founders of all backgrounds with access to startup capital, via equity crowdfunding, media exposure and strategic advisory.

How does Technori work?

Technori disrupts how startups are launched and funded by combining the power of equity crowdfunding with the support of a traditional fund by providing early stage companies with access to capital, strategic advisory and tech support, while also enabling community members to invest in startups featured by Technori, via our exclusive Reg CF partner, Republic.
Our initial objective is helping founders launch successfully, but the mission is to grow the value of your company year-over-year.
If you’re looking to raise startup funds or gain valuable feedback from customers and investors; we provide a platform to equity crowdfund directly from our audience in-studio at WGN Radio and on-stage at our Startup Showcase events!
However, not all startups are made equal – if your needs are more operational or tech-based – apply to Technori.
The process is simple and transparent. We elect a dedicated Board of Advisors based on their ability and willingness to commit support, strategic connections, time and capital. Then, we select a small batch of early stage companies that we believe our program, resources and dedicated Board can help to scale.
What separates our co-op from more traditional accelerator programs or fund structures is that we enable all investors, elected advisors and startup companies to own a stake in the overall performance of the portfolio.
It’s also important to recognize that Technori is not an accelerator or incubation program with a finite end date. Unlike most traditional 12-week programs, where startups work towards a demo day, our co-op is designed to help founders throughout the life of their business.

What is the Startup Showcase?

The Startup Showcase is one of the largest quarterly tech events in the world, and the first ever to allow attendees to invest directly in the presenting startups, via Title III equity crowdfunding. Investors call it “unicorn hunting” … but, showcase events are more about helping early stage founders raise go-to-market funds by giving them the opportunity to pitch their startup in front of thousands of would-be investors.
The Startup Showcase is also Chicago’s top tech show, where Technori CEO Scott Kitun sits down with entrepreneurs from around the world to talk shop and invest in startups live on WGN Radio!
Experience what more than 75,000 of your peers already have! Simply register to invest, and RSVP to our next showcase event!

How we help growth companies?

We provide founders with access to capital, strategic advisory and tech support!
Technori was launched in 2010 by Seth Kravitz and a band of entrepreneurs on a mission to build the largest and most inclusive startup community in the world.
Before 1871MATTER, mHUBor that building full of unicorns known as Lightbank, there was Technori – a small community of techies focused on providing fellow founders with the resources, funding and connections required to successfully start a company!
Since then, Technori has grown into Chicago’s leading startup platform with hundreds of alumni companies that have raised more than a billion dollars in venture capital.

Who are we?

We’re a team of entrepreneurs, investors, tech builders, creators and operators whose expertise has contributed to more than $3,000,000,000 in shareholder value.

Scott Kitun
Scott Kitun


I like to write on stuff; mostly walls and napkins. entrepreneur CurbYourEnthusiast, Technori CEO, @WGNRadio host and @NorthwesternU grad.

Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman


SMS Assist founder and Chairman, Venture Capitalist, Chicago Innovation Awardee, Board member and EY Entrepreneur of the year.

Alex Rothman
Alex Rothman


Former Chief Product Officer of SMS Assist, TheronTS founder, and an investor with a passion for changing the way big business operates.

Sam Fiske

Chief of Staff

Master operator-in-training, Technori Executive Producer; startups and media junky, occasional @AP_Sports contributor, Medill alum, and an Outdoor cat.

Davis Marklin


Finding and executing on new value streams for the Technori ecosystem; blockchain + AI, corporate innovation, self-proclaimed biggest Star Wars fan. On Twitter and Linkedin @davismarklin.

Rachel Rowlands

Marketing Manager

Michigander living in Chicago, social media & digital strategist, college sports nut, pro books on boats, and a seriously impressive Netflix binger.

Sam Fiske
John Rosin

Video Producer

I’m responsible for anything you see on Technori that makes you laugh; gamer, creator, videophile, and a shameless promoter of Baltimore sports.

Sean Froelich
Sean Froelich

Video Producer

Host of technori Feed, Medillian and multimedia juggernaut, sometimes WGNRadio host; people compliment my voice a lot.

Seth Kravitz


CEO at Phlearn – Sometimes feel lost, sometimes found. Varies daily. Collector of interesting people. 3x founder with 2 exits to public cos. Introvert Writer.    

Val Chulamorkodt
Val Chulamorkodt


Recovering lawyer, writer, mother 2x, female tech founder, and supporter of all things inclusive.    

Victor Pascucci III-tean
Victor Pascucci III


VC Managing Partner lightbank, Family, cooking, fitness, venture capital, fintech, insurtech, disruptive innovation, combat sports, leadership & music.

Anne Hoffer


For the love of learning, entreprenuer. Started espnW, the chicago office of Apple and the Chicago office of Snapchat. Passionate about media and technology.

Emile Cambry


Polymath: Founder of @BLUE1647 & CISCFF; Partner longjumpfund, married to @misskelleyohh, @Ebonymag Power 100, TheRoot Power 100

Ken Nguyen-team
Ken Nguyen


Republic founder, founding advisor of @CoinList, former General Counsel at @AngelList, @StanfordLaw Fellow and democratizer of investing.

Matthew Luzadder


Partner @KelleyDrye, legal strategist, fintech, crypto and payments aficionado, IU grad 2x, explorer of all things new, and generally pretty radio-friendly.

Nate Lyman


VP of Engineering @Fanatics. Formerly Head of Retail Innovation Tech @eBay. I love building teams that solve hard business problems with technology. 

Michael Laser


Lifelong entrepreneur, co-founder of Second Avenue Realty and former investment manager at SF based Coatue.

Turiya Simic


Director @MillerCoors, evolving marketing strategy through human insights illuminated by empathy and storytelling.