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Ensemble: Reimagining Startup Incubators

Mike Santoro

A new startup is formed in Chicago roughly every two days. While we’re thrilled to see our hometown becoming a hub for all things tech, the reality is not all startups thrive and continue to contribute to the local and national economy. Across the nation, more than 90 percent of all tech startups fail. Accelerators and incubators can be great for entrepreneurs, but often fail to provide the full range of support needed to take startups to the next level after the programs are over.


The solution? All the tools a tech entrepreneur needs to launch and grow their business in a digital-lab-in-a-box.”

Ensemble, a one-stop digital services suite, was launched today as an alternative to the incubator model. Walker Sands is thrilled to join Chicago’s top digital services firms specializing in SEO, capital raising, technology and web design, social media marketing and public relations to bundle the services tech startups need most to launch and scale their growing businesses.

Beyond time savings, Ensemble offers companies a 20 percent cash discount for clients that buy services across the entire group of member companies, and up to 40 percent cash discounts for clients that Ensemble agrees to take an equity position in their businesses – a model popular in Silicon Valley that has yet to take hold in Chicago. The cash savings are obvious, but our collective expertise and the collaborative nature of Ensemble will set entrepreneurs who employ our collective services apart from the rest.


Ensemble makes sense for many more reasons besides the costs and time savings. The founding members are all headquartered in Chicago. We know the tech scene; we have the connections and a portfolio of happy, successful clients.

Walker Sands has been around for more than a decade, but we’ve managed to retain our startup sensibilities and sense of collaboration. Joining Ensemble is a natural step for us, and we can’t wait to see our members and services grow.

Ensemble’s current roster includes:

Check out the release to learn more about Ensemble and what collaboration can do for tech entrepreneurs.