About Us

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About Us 2018-05-08T06:23:47+00:00

PR for Tech Startups

Strong results. Personalized attention. Solid dependability.

VineSprout, Inc. is an award-winning public relations firm based in Chicago. Our company has carved a niche in helping tech startups launch, grow and expand their reach via public relations and overall marketing efforts. Our diverse client roster spans across a variety of industries and includes top tech startups in Chicago, Silicon Valley, New York, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Seattle. Over the past five years our clients have raised over $100 million in capital, generated hundreds of jobs and participated in some of the country’s most prestigious incubators and accelerators including Y Combinator, Techstars, 1871, Betaworks, Healthbox and Incubate Miami.

Expert Media Relations

Cultivating key media relationships is essential in our business. We invest time and effort getting to know reporters, what beats they cover, and understanding what kind of story ideas appeal to them and their individual audiences. We have built trust, credibility and a positive reputation with the media, and we are go-to sources for many journalists.

We consistently place our clients in local, national and international media outlets that garner attention and inspire action from users, investors and partners. We frequently secure placements in top tier outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, CNNMoney.com, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Mashable, TechCrunch, Engadget, VentureBeat, FOX Business Channel, WGN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, BBC and many more.

Questions? Give us a shout: info (at) vinesprout (dot) com

Dedicated Partners

Think of VineSprout as an extension of your team. Almost all of our business comes through referrals and word-of-mouth within the startup and VC communities. The companies we work with are led by passionate, intelligent and nimble entrepreneurs whom we truly believe in. We look to partner with startups that have identified a need in an emerging market and have created an innovative solution with growth potential.



Our Leadership Team

Ben Pavlovic
Ben PavlovicCo-founder
Ben has both west & east coast ties. Ben was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Boston University. After interning for Congressman Kennedy in Charlestown, MA, Ben made for the Windy City where he has been working in media and marketing since 2001. Ben serves on the board of the Boston University Alumni Club of Chicago, plays soccer and tennis, loves watching the New York Yankees and is currently contemplating running the Chicago Marathon for a second time.
Nicole Duhoski
Nicole DuhoskiCo-founder
Prior to taking the leap into entrepreneurship, Nicole spent 5 years at Cision, the global leader in PR software and services. While there, she managed and oversaw a 30-person client services department and created its corporate social media strategy. With a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and a double major in communication, Nicole moved to Chicago and interned at Weber Shandwick. A Michigan native, Nicole enjoys traveling, crossing restaurants off her bucket list, and brainstorming with startups.