We Empower Startups for Success 

Today’s startups face a host of new challenges. The marketplace is more competitive than ever before, and roughly 80 percent of new startups fail. Success requires planning and vision. Beyond that, it requires hard work and knowing how to fix your subject matter gaps. We empower founders to better understand their businesses, and provide the resources necessary for business success. Our purpose is to help founders understand and mitigate the risks associated with launching their businesses, so that they can meet and exceed their goals.

We are a collective of subject matter experts passionate about seeing the Chicago startup community thrive. We offer a comprehensive ideation to commercialization process designed to help you fast track your business launch and product innovation. Our program provides an emphasis on growth and scalability.

Launching a startup is grueling, and the majority end in failure. It’s critical that startups gain access to the crucial resources that they’ll need to defy the odds stacked against them.

These are just a few of the common reasons that startups fail:

  • Lack of market fit
  • Lack of intellectual capital
  • Lack of business fundamentals and execution
  • Lack of funding

Startup Port is here to address these most common needs. With the necessary knowledge, resources and expertise – founders can drastically improve their chances for market success.

We assist Chicago-area founders looking to navigate this difficult terrain. We’re here for those who are passionate about their product or service. We are here to provide that pathway to success for the most worthwhile startups. We do this through the investment of intellectual capital and through our Sprint 90 program.

Launching a Startup: Your Success is Our Goal

Our goal is to increase founder and investor profits for the most qualified startups. We do this through a rigorous selections process, and by administering our patented stress test. Startup Port works with a small handful of qualified startups on a quarterly basis, providing a hybrid program to expedite a quality launch.

We apply unique strategies and solutions that provide real results in the shortest amount of time. We provide access to advisers, partners, technologists, and other specialized subject matter experts dedicated to your success launching a startup.

The Startup Port Process

Startup Port offers a sought after and competitive program with a track record for business success. We work with a select handful of quarterly applicants through the launch process.

We begin with a business assessment to determine the product to market fit, the most efficient revenue generation process, and the methods for optimizing talent. Our startups then participate in our proprietary Sprint 90 program, developed to help founders plan and launch their businesses.

The Sprint 90 Program

The Sprint 90 program is an intensive training program designed to help startups focus their energy on finding effective growth solutions that can be adopted quickly and reliably. Some aspects we focus on include:

  • The Product/Business Build
  • The ultimate ideal customer/product fit with Sales and Marketing
  • Team Management and Growth

The purpose of the Sprint 90 program is to create a more efficient and effective pathway from ideation to commercialization. The business planning and launch process can be overwhelming and complicated. Our Sprint 90 program provides a proven roadmap for success.

Our clients have access to our collective of more than 30 subject matter experts. Part of the Startup Port process includes pinpointing subject matter gaps for our clients, and providing the necessary legal, accounting and marketing expertise to fill those gaps.

Plan. Package. Pitch. Raise. Raising money for your startup isn’t easy. It takes a tremendous amount of work and know-how. Once you have been through our Sprint 90 program our team of subject matter experts, writers and designers can help you plan, package and pitch your business to explore the different sources of financing available, build a strategy around your capital requirements, and set the best fundraise structure for your raise by:

  • Structure the correct Fundraise Strategy
  • Crafting the perfect pitch and presentation collateral
  • Investor research and selection
  • Determine and Create the best Investor Engagement

Our Team of experienced startup operating advisors will guide you through the funding process and keep you on track toward your goals. They’ve worked with hundreds of businesses at various stages and have learned what not to do!

A winning and growing startup Ecosystem to help in your Journey

Whether this is the first time or the 21st time you have launched a company, entrepreneurship is hard. It requires massive amounts of dedication to build something that truly gains traction and finds a core audience to support it.

It helps to have a supportive community behind you.

At Startup Port, we understand the role that your surroundings can play in the success of your ventures. We have gone out of our way to create an empowering startup ecosystem specially designed to offer our founders and entrepreneurs enhanced value at this critical early moment in their business.

Our startup ecosystem revolves around these core elements:

Sprint 90 Program – Our signature program empowers founders and entrepreneurs to grow their business from the idea stage into a functioning reality. The Sprint 90 program serves as a roadmap and methodology for success on an accelerated 90-day schedule.

Network of Experts – A business often begins on the back of a founder’s passion. Developing and running a successful business, however, often requires new knowledge and skill sets. It’s important for founders to understand that key experiential knowledge is available to them. They can rely on others who have been through the process before, for knowledge and expertise.

Access to knowledge, talent and skills   Startup Port entrepreneurs gain access to a network of subject-matter experts ready to offer guidance at every turn. Finance, legal matters, marketing, and other business-related endeavors can quickly become complicated. Startup Port offers access to a network of knowledge and expertise from experts in all business-related subjects.

Dedicated Workspace – Launching a business requires focus and discipline. That can become challenging to accomplish as distractions compound all around us. Startup Port offers founders and entrepreneurs a planning space so they can develop their businesses in an environment that meets their needs.

Resources – Launching a business requires a broad knowledge base. It requires finding a way to move forward when others might simply stop. Startup Port offers entrepreneurs access to key documents, articles, books, and other resources that make a difference in the health and direction of your company.

Helping the Chicago (and beyond) Startup Community Succeed 

The startup market is crowded and competitive. Businesses that fulfill a public need and innovate deserve to see the light of day. Don’t let your startup become a statistic. We can help you meet and exceed your goals. Your pathway to success starts with Startup Port!

If this is something of interest to you, contact us today!


Business support process that accelerates the successful development of startups with an array of finely tuned resources and services


“Fast-Track” proprietary programs which help founders create and execute a lean roadmap with fast turnaround and execution


Why go it alone? Access to expert advisors, mentors, partners and collaborators help guide you along the path to success