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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith’s passion for practical problem-solving led him to co-found SpotHero, an app that takes the pain out of parking in Chicago and other busy cities across the country. SpotHero allows the user to enter their destination, find nearby discounted parking and reserve a space ahead of time.

An influential member of the Chicago startup tech scene, Jeremy invests time at 1871 and other collaborative workspaces to help aspiring entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality. 

“Jeremy sets himself apart from the rest of the Jews in Chicago with his sparkling personality,” said Elise Fox, a SpotHero employee who nominated Jeremy. “He takes the time to get to know each person he comes across. Jeremy is going to create much change in Chicago and help to continue tech and business in the city.”

Jeremy was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi at the University of Illinois and is a proud and active AEPi alumnus.



Primary gig:

Co-founder and COO of SpotHero

On the side:

Mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Chicago, helping them with business plans and launching their businesses. Leading a monthly collaborative hangout at the SpotHero offices for entrepreneurs. Attending Alpha Epsilon Pi alumni events.

Relationship status:


How do you give back?

Travel as much as possible, continue launching new businesses and help my current business, SpotHero, grow even faster to improve parking for drivers across the United States.

Celebrity doppelganger/who would play you in a movie:

Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt on TV’s “New Girl.”

How do you Jew in Chicago?

As Alpha Epsilon Pi alum, I regularly hang out with fraternity brothers. I attend Jewish United Fund events in the city, too.


Volunteering, working out, biking, cross fit, outdoor activities, reading, learning new things, helping people 

Chicago's Jewish community in 10 years:

I’d like to see the Jewish community in Chicago expand. I’d also like to become more active in the Jewish community and help any way I can.

Me in 10 years:

It’s hard for me to predict my future in 10 years. Personally, I strive to live more in the moment as of late. In terms of business, I have been planning long term. I’d like to continue being an entrepreneur and run successful companies that help people and fix problems. It would be nice to start a family.