Who's next? 1 coveted space, 4 companies

Catapult Chicago is a community for startups, run by startups. Its companies are vetted using a peer-selection process. What does that mean exactly? Catapult Co-founder and President Ryan Leavitt says it best, "The idea was that we wanted the entrepreneurs to say who were the best companies with the best people, who they wanted to work with, and who they wanted to learn from.” With ICON (formerly known as 5Degrees) outgrowing the space and graduating up to its own piece of Chicago property, Catapult's peer-selection model will be in full swing today as four companies pitch to become the next Catapult member.

  • Brandwatch
  • BriteSeed
  • Golden Reviews: is taking on the exploding senior care industry by bringing transparency to the 100K+ senior care facilities that are being evaluated by 80M baby boomers
  • Symbiosis Health

These four companies were interviewed and selected from a big pool of applicants to ensure they were the right fit for Catapult. What do we mean by right fit? Catapult companies are generally later-stage tech companies that have demonstrated market traction. Whether that be funding, revenue, users, and/or a strong team. We refer to this type of startup as a "scale-up," companies that are rapidly growing and need the support of a community like Catapult to take it to the next level.

Follow us @CatapultChi at 4PM to see our peer-selection process in action!


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