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15 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2015
The young companies with big ideas that are poised to make an impact in 2015.
But if Chicago is going to build on the momentum it has generated over the last few years, the city’s younger startups are going to need to continue to grow and contribute to the ecosystem. So we’ve rounded up 15 startups that we’re keeping our eye on in 2015. These aren’t necessarily the companies that have raised the most funding or have the best chance to go public, but they have developed truly innovative ideas and are poised to expand their business and make an impact in 2015.
Here are Chicago Inno’s 15 startups to watch in 2015:
From pinball to coin-operated games, Chicago has a rich, but forgotten, history as a leader in the gaming world. LyteShot wants to put Chicago gaming back on the map, and it just might transform the industry entirely. The company is creating a new gaming market segment called “live action gaming” that uses a mobile app and sensor-based device so users can play games in physical spaces.
LyteShot’s first game, Assassin, is an action shooter experience that enables players to go into their city or neighborhood, search for friends, and fire the sensors once a target is spotted and in-range. After a “win/loss” has been registered, the player’s score is recorded and he or she is automatically sent a new assignment. And so far, industry leaders are paying attention. LyteShot joined Microsoft and Samsung as a finalist at a recent trade show, and Epson – a maker of “Smart Glasses” – reached out to them about exclusively integrating games into their augmented reality accessories.