This article showcases our top picks for the best Chicago based Blockchain companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Blockchain industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Chicago Blockchain Companies
ErisX specializes in digital asset space that offers both spot and futures contracts on one platform. It integrates digital asset products and technology into reliable, compliant, and robust capital markets workflows.
ErisX solution provides trading, deposits, and withdrawals on a stable, proven capital markets technology infrastructure. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois..
DrawBridge offers lending loans with no margin calls backed by Bitcoin holdings. They initiate cash loans secured by digital assets.
Operating as a CFTC regulated Commodity Trading Advisor (“CTA”) and Commodity Pool Operator (“CPO”), DrawBridge Lending uses both a qualified and insured custodian & advanced risk management strategies to protect borrower assets and lender capital. DrawBridge Lending is driven by a vision to provide the most reliable and efficient service for connecting institutional lenders with borrowers seeking to monetize any asset recorded on a Blockchain.
With unmatched rates, no margin calls, and secured storage, individuals and commercial businesses now have a hassle-free way to get cash by using their crypto as collateral.. .
Bloq provides blockchain technology solutions for global enterprises. Our software platform allows companies to build, manage and scale robust blockchain-enabled ecosystems, backed by enterprise-grade service and support.
Bloq’s solution set is built on open source technology, and provides the key connective tissue to securely interoperate with existing business systems. Our technology focuses on solving key business issues around security, provenance, authentication and reconciliation.
Bloq is led by a world-class team of blockchain developers, entrepreneurs and investors. We are headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Atlanta, Washington, DC and Shanghai.
For more information, visit: bloq.com and follow us on Twitter: @bloqinc.. .
Blockware Solutions is a blockchain infrastructure company that provides bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining services such as hardware procurement, mining rig colocation, as well as professional Mining and Staking Pool operations. It assists clients with the acquisition and sale of mining rigs direct from foreign manufacturers and through trusted Peer-to-Peer channels.
Blockware also offers access to an extensive network of commercial Data Center Facilities across North America who specialize in Hosting Services for Cryptocurrency Mining Rigs; providing guaranteed up-time and 24/7 monitoring of your machines by experienced IT personnel. It was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois..
CMT Digital Ventures
CMT Digital is a venture capital firm engaging in the crypto asset and Blockchain technology industry. The firm focuses on asset trading, blockchain technology investments, and legal and policy.
It was founded in 2017 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.. .
Elemetric is an API service for the blockchain internet, powering the future of blockchain applications beyond cryptocurrencies. Their platform consists of two parts: 1) tooling for transforming data for use on blockchain and 2) a online marketplace for brokering data transactions.
Companies with valuable data use Elemetric for network growth and monetization. Companies building blockchain applications can go to market faster with easier access to data.
Elemetric serves as a critical infrastructure piece, bridging between data on the internet today and data used in the next generation of apps on blockchain.. .
Transship is an automated freight forwarding platform that will disrupt the international shipping of perishable goods industry. Every day thousands of containers are shipped all across the globe.
The time required is disproportionate to the actual work that is required to process these shipments. Numerous phone calls, emails and even faxes are required in order to process one shipment.
This requires a lot of time and labor and costs a lot of money. Trying to track shipments is nearly impossible.
The frustration level for both the shipper and the vendors is always at an all time high. Transship’s platform is B2B and IoT.
The User (shipper) simply has to upload required information such as what they are shipping, when, where, consignee as well as required documentation. On the back end, Transship will communicate with all the vendors via EDI/API and blockchain technology.
This will not only speed up the processing of every shipment, but will also make it more efficient and require less labor. End result is a cost savings for the vendors and the shippers.
WealthBlock is a technology firm established in 2018 and proudly based in Chicago, Illinois, where tech meets finance! Our team has a passion for fighting for the underdogs and making this world a better place by giving everyday people equal access to the world’s best investment opportunities. WealthBlock’s technology connects investors directly with a growing network of vetted top asset managers and quality assets around the world.
We aim to use the knowledge we love – blockchain, artificial intelligence and behavioral science – to help people take control of their financial future.. .
Based in Chicago, we are a passionate and experienced team of traders and finance professionals. We specialize in trading cryptocurrencies with both individual and institutional counterparties globally.
OneChain is not an exchange, brokerage house, or custodial service; we are solely a market maker for cryptocurrencies.. .
Visionary Financial (VF)
Visionary Financial is one of the fastest growing Digital Asset and Blockchain media outlets. VF caters to 15,000+ daily through social, sponsors numerous events globally, and consults some of the largest companies in the industry.
We are consolidating the media space and building out a one-stop solution for readers, businesses, investors, and traders globally. As VF continues to grow on a global scale, our next developments include a one of a kind social experience and introducing 1st to market investing solutions for millennials..
EtherDelta is ERC-20 token exchange for trading ethereum-based cryptocurrency tokens. It is particularly notable for its selection of alt coins (from ICOs) which are often listed on its site before they hit other, higher profile exchanges.
The exchange is also easy to use since it doesn’t require user verification of any kind to commence trading, although it doesn’t support fiat so all trades are crypto-to-crypto.. .
HTMLCOIN recognizes and celebrates that all people are created equal. Their goal is to build and continually enhance a platform that helps to unlock the highest potential in all people.
HTMLCOIN is committed to improving the quality of life for all with a platform and coin that can be accessed and used with ease by everyone. HTMLCOIN is committed to breaking down barriers by providing a strong foundation of support for all, including people who are currently unemployed, physically restricted, or who may not be able to work for other reasons.
HTMLCOIN will be for everyone.. .
DefendEdge began as a Managed Security Service Provider for SMB and Enterprise clients located in the United States. With our experienced cyber security team we have created a platform called SiON which helps enable our clients to become proactive against cyber threats.
The SiON platform integrates and analyzes upstream target system logs, data in real-time through machine learning algorithms and takes action on human threats. SiON has several trademarks, patents, and a friendly user interface making it easy for auditors, analysts, CISO’s, CIO’s, and other executives to make cyber risk business decisions..
Athena Blockchain is always seeking talented individuals. If you believe you are in the top percentile of your profession, regardless of discipline, send us your resume and a copy of your best work.
We offer cutting-edge work, above market compensation and a great professional work environment. Join us – be part of the revolution..
Tasit Labs makes mobile Ethereum dapps. Tasit Labs has two major projects that dovetail together: the Tasit SDK (for developers) and the Tasit mobile apps (for pretty much anyone who uses a smartphone).
The Tasit SDK is a standardized, open-source set of tools and components for interacting with major classes of already-on-chain dapp smart contracts, and Tasit is a suite of mobile apps for mainstream users that lets them use features of these popular dapps through a Tasit third-party client.. .
Emerging Insider Communications is a boutique public relations and marketing firm that is hyper-focused within the emerging media and technology fields. We work with innovators to garner worldwide press, media, awards, speakerships, partnerships, influencers and investors.
We have launched unicorn startups, participated in internationally acclaimed exits and assisted some of then world’s most revolutionary brands and executives. The practice areas we represent across our North American and Asian offices include: Martech, Fintech/ Blockchain, AI, VR, Gaming, Finance, and Cannatech..
Mosaïque is a Chicago-based FinTech. We focus on driving innovation in the cross-asset post-trade technology landscape.
We are experts in prime services, cross-asset post-trade, and distributed ledger and client-facing technologies. Our next-generation platforms digitize trading and clearing ecosystems to drastically increase straight-through-processing.
Our main customers are asset managers, hedge funds, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisers, and executing and clearing brokers.. .
Block26 is a tech production fund that invests money, develops projects, and creates strategic partnerships for Blockchain technology. It is committed to developing the most compelling blockchain technology solutions in order to participate in the advancement of the next tech revolution.
It finances and incubates innovative ideas that it believes will enhance consumer adoption of blockchain technologies. It also researches and develops new blockchain-related applications that it co-creates with strategic partners.
Block26 invests in the future of distributed technology.. .
Equity Global Management
Equity Global Management, LLC (“EGM”) is a leading, principal-oriented investment firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois that invests in the single-tenant net lease, sale-leaseback, and build-to-suit real estate markets. EGM’s funds are professionally managed investment programs designed for institutional and individual investors attracted to the potential income, stability, and capital appreciation available from net leased commercial real estate.
Through our client focus and experienced professionals, we have become a trusted partner for investors, sale-leaseback, and build-to-suit clients across the nation. Our relationship network, capital markets knowledge, underwriting approach, and proven track record originating and structuring net lease investment opportunities has helped make us a leading investor and partner within the sector.
We are solely focused on investments in operationally significant real estate with long-term leases guaranteed by creditworthy tenants that offer the reliable cash flow and security of a fixed income strategy as well as the capital appreciation and upside potential of an equity investment.. .
Crypto Key Stack
Crypto Key Stack is a software based hardware wallets help protect your keys while transacting. Crypto Key Stack LLC was co-founded by Chris Gonyo and NFL veteran Israel Idonije in an effort to reduce the billions of dollars lost due to improper private key storage.
The number of assets being stored and tracked on the blockchain is growing at an exponential rate, and they are all being secured by private keys. Realizing that software-based hardware wallets are excellent for cybersecurity, but become vulnerable in the event of a physical disaster, Chris and Israel designed Crypto Key Stack to help preserve access to your assets in the event of a hardware failure and physical disaster.
It was created out of a need for an affordable, high-quality stainless steel backup device that allowed users to store multiple cryptographic keys permanently.. .
Radiant is a Chicago based consulting firm that specializes in blockchain and cryptocurrency education, portfolio management, development, and implementation. Radiant provides risk-mitigated investment strategies, catered to your fiscal goals.
The company’s team of certified analysts makes money personal, taking time to create a game plan that’s perfect for you.. .
Velas is on a mission to get the world using better technology, particularly open and decentralized technology. If you’re considering crypto-currencies or blockchain technology for your business our integration experts can help.
If you need to educate yourself or your work force on blockchain technology, our education team can help. Velas provides educational resources, one day courses for busy business professionals, consulting and crypto integration services.
We’ll educate you on the why’s and assist you with the how’s.. .
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