How the New Venture Challenge Is Helping Cement Chicago's Reputation as the Next Great Startup Hub

Companies like Tovala and BenchPrep are thriving

At first glance, Tovala’s Chicago headquarters looks like an ordinary apartment. But upon opening the front door to the office space, located in the city’s River West neighborhood, visitors are greeted with an open space filled with boxes, home goods and employees buzzing like worker bees. Some cooked in the test kitchen. Others sat at their desks typing away on computers or chatted in the conference room.