It’s no secret that entrepreneurs who work together, thrive together. We wanted to build more than just an incubator for tech companies. We wanted to build a peer-selected community where startups would have the opportunity to leverage experience from not only their peers, but also Chicago’s incredible business network. And that’s exactly what we did. Through mentors, service providers, investor referrals, and fellow founders, the connections at Catapult open doors that help you grow your business.

Our history

In 2012, Ryan Leavitt and Vishal Shah (Co-Founders of LearnCore) were looking for something that didn’t exist to take their startup to the next level. Their business had already begun generating revenue and they were ready to seriously scale their company but at the time, Chicago only offered support for early concept companies and later stage ventures seeking big funding. The idea for a new type of coworking emerged: Get the best people in Chicago with the best companies in the same place, and amazing things will happen. With that in mind, Leavitt and Shah teamed up with colleagues Chris Cain and Galen Mason of Foley & Lardner LLP and opened Catapult Chicago.



Smart. Hardworking. Innovative. Collaborative. Driven. These words describe our founders. We are a diverse group of founders in a variety of verticals with a similar mission: to grow our companies. It’s not easy and it’s not always pretty. But we wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

Tech Startups

Tech startups with business traction. Traction could mean a variety of things: funding, product-market fit, customers. You’ll have a network of startups that are working on similar challenges and celebrating similar successes. When you ask a question to your fellow founders, you will know you can trust the advice.

Downtown Chicago

Not many startups can boast 52nd floor views in the heart of The Loop. Look up from your computer to enjoy the amazing vistas from your private office. Hungry? Walk a block in any direction to find great food and drinks. Need a break? Jump on the complimentary water taxi for a breather.