Each December, as the year comes to a close, Chicago Inno takes a look ahead with our Startups to Watch list, a collection of early-stage startups poised for growth in the years to come.

We’ve compiled this list each year since 2014, with the goal of highlighting up-and-coming startups that have shown early signs of promise and the potential to make a big impact. Past Startups to Watch include Tock (acquired by Squarespace) in 2016, unicorns like Tempus and M1 Finance in 2017, breakout consumer startup Cameo in 2019, and Nature’s Fynd, The Mom Project and Fyllo in 2020, three startups that have since gone on to raise large rounds after fast growth.

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