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Fred Hoch

CEO, Illinois Technology Association (ITA)


Ever wonder about disruption in the technology industry and how a company can grow by taking advantage of it? For 18 years, Fred has worked with hundreds of companies to strategically address the ongoing transformation and challenges of the technology industry. 

Fred Hoch is currently the CEO of the Illinois Technology Association – a business services organization with over 500 member companies with a focus on scaling great tech companies. Serving as a platform for strategic development, ITA drives the growth of the tech industry by helping its member companies grow, build and elevate their business. Fred jumps in the fray with companies each and every day to figure out their needs and provide insight, connections and collaboration.

Fred is also the co-founder of Chicago’s TechNexus Venture Collaborative, , a venture development firm building a new, collaborative model for leading corporations to engage and extract value from the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechNexus also operates a start-up incubator from its headquarters in Chicago, where more than 200 ventures have grown. 

Fred has had an eclectic background.  Fred has worked and founded a number of technology start-ups. He also led the Software Division at the national Software & Information Industry Association. With a keen interest in international affairs, Fred worked for a time at the U.S. Department of State and has visited over 50 countries for work and pleasure.

A native Californian, now a deep-rooted Chicagoan, he is always seeking out ways to get in the water and if that’s not available enjoy the outdoors through biking, hiking or kayaking with and without his wife and three children . 

Mr. Hoch currently sits on the board of ChicagoNEXT, SmartBet Charities as well as the Advisory Boards of the UIC School of Engineering, the Chicago Innovation Awards and TechWeek.

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