Chicago Public Library’s Geeks in Residence provide free business and technology guidance at the Harold Washington Library Center. This peer mentorship program is similar to programs offered in business incubators around the country.

The Geeks support entrepreneurs through:

  • Information sessions on topics related to launching a business
  • Free expert coaching services at weekly open office hours

We’ve created the Geeks in Residence pilot with Public Good Software, a Chicago-based technology start-up. PGS founders Jason Kunesh, Dan Ratner and Paul Smith, who between them have more than 40 years of experience running digital businesses, are our first Geeks in Residence.

These seasoned digital entrepreneurs are active members of Chicago’s technology community and have honed their coaching skills as business mentor volunteers at 1871.

This collaboration allows us to:

  • Create a community of people learning and building their businesses collaboratively
  • Support the health of Chicago’s start-up community

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