Meet the STARTUP CHICAGO 2019 Finalists

The search is over… the finalists are in! Who will take it all in the STARTUP CHICAGO 2019 pitch competition? These best and brightest entrepreneurs will pitch for the chance to receive a highly valuable marketing accelerator package from Queue Lab. Don’t miss our Facebook Live Stream of the Pitch Event! Tune in on Thursday, August 22 at 4pm CDT.


Learn more about the event and Queue Lab.





Bespoke women’s apparel is no longer a thing of the past! Balodana is a woman-owned business bringing high-quality, custom-fit fashion to women at an affordable cost. Balodana is dedicated to creating satisfied customers and a happy planet, by recruiting talented designers who serve as personal style experts for their shoppers, while supporting small-batch manufacturers who value quality over quantity. Their beautiful, created-from-scratch clothing reduces unnecessary waste and heightens customer satisfaction.










Bellina Caetano is the first space in Chicago entirely dedicated to Brazilian design. The company has established strong direct-trade business relationships with local artisans in Brazil to provide high-end handmade products curated and designed by Bella Caetano, a female immigrant entrepreneur and the founder of the brand. Along with her team of young professionals and Brazilian artisans, Bella is on a mission to create jobs in Brazil and support local artisans through her “Made in Brazil by the Brazilians” movement. Through the power of storytelling, she provides value to her customers while presenting a unique opportunity for the international market to be able to explore Brazilian culture and lifestyle.









Route is a business management platform for service companies. Featuring solutions for walkthroughs, bidding, contract management, scheduling and workforce management, the SaaS based software was built for the unique and complex needs across industries such as field services, commercial cleaning, facility maintenance and property management. The Route platform develops workforce management solutions for the building services industry. Route’s industry specific solutions provide essential tools for every employee: from field technicians to company owners. Route’s innovative mobile and web app improves business management and increases profitability. Route software is a solution for businesses of any size. From sales to operations, keep everybody on the same Route — a platform from building service contractors, for building service contractors.








Launched in May 2016, TeaSquares is on a mission to bring healthy snacking to the world through our caffeinated energy bars made with organic tea. We believe that people can get the natural energy for their day from natural ingredients without chemicals and artificial flavors. Each bite-size square is light and airy, packed with wholesome puffed millet, crunchy almonds and flavorful fruits. As a socially conscious company with roots in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, TeaSquares has a vision to fuel economic development by manufacturing our snacks and hiring employees in low-income communities as our business continues to grow.









Tempo is a vibrant, modern and mindful brand that elevates consumers to achieve more during the day through their line of better-for-you functional beverages. Founded in Chicago, their signature products feature a carefully-selected blend of superfoods designed to keep you properly fueled and focused throughout the day. Current products include a line of CBD-infused wellness shots for cognitive focus and recovery, as well as a line of sparkling energy drinks in matcha, black tea and hibiscus tea varieties.