Growing startup plans to leave Evanston


Everspring Inc., a fast-growing startup that helps colleges deliver degree programs online, plans to leave its base in Evanston for new quarters in Chicago.

Everspring CEO Jeff Conlon tells Chicago Business he's planning to make the move to downtown Chicago to make it easier to find new employees as the company continues to grow.

Everspring has raised $16 million in venture capital funding, including $10 million last month. It's grown from nine to 30 employees over the past year.

Everspring's offices now are located in te 1007 Church St. building.

Update 1:25 p.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in an email response to an inquiry from Evanston Now about whether Evanston might try to persuade Conlon to change his mind about moving Everspring out of town said, "No. When we talk to these companies, they tell us their employees who live in Chicago prefer shorter commute. We also have limited office building options to offer businesses that want to expand compared to Chicago."

The city, Bobkiewicz said, "does what it can to influence other factors that come into play when companies need to grow — help with identifying buildings, help with downtown parking, help with identifying trained workers, occasional financial assistance and most important, love."

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