Where did your idea and value proposition for Ekta start?
Ekta’s founder, Jim, moved to Chicago to work
for a government-backed manufacturing startup. As he was building a team, he
realized that the talent pool was a big challenge in Chicago. Just finding one
qualified DevOps candidate took nine months. Top tech talent in Chicago has a
lot of scarcity. We see big tech companies like Google and Facebook gobbling up
a lot of the talent with an insatiable appetite, and we see the startup and
mid-market community in the Chicagoland area dramatically underserved as a
result. Many consulting and contracting companies exist to simply "turn
the crank" on software production - our venture studio model is designed
to have a more impactful partnership with incentive alignment across all
What led you to mHUB?
In our early years, we were a bit nomadic, wandering the deserts of downtown, west town and beyond. Our love of the built world and increased interest in IoT from our clientele caused us to do more product design and manufacturing in our line of business. Ultimately, mHUB is just the best fit. It's a great community with all the right ingredients and equipment necessary for us to be successful.
The most important thing about mHUB is the community and its connectedness with other technology members and accelerators, like MATTER & 1871. This gives us a great opportunity to collaborate on various projects and even take on R&D on promising ideas and take them to market. The great chemistry between the groups and having the network of network effect has really supported our efforts at Ekta.
Tell us about the growth you've experienced since your launch.
What does the future look like for Ekta?
The future for Ekta is really promising. With markets opening up there will be an influx of fresh new businesses that will need technology expertise. Ekta takes pride in helping ideas to market and supporting great opportunities for innovation. We hope to conduct two data science studies within the next year in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and bring our in-house product Aegis to market.