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The Top Chicago Tech Hires in November

This is our monthly feature where we recap the biggest tech hires and promotions in Chicago over the past month. Want daily updates on personnel moves,...

Why We Love Flyover Country

In past blog posts, we’ve written about the next generation of social entrepreneurs in Chicago, why impact entrepreneurship is thriving in Chicago, and the newest players on...

A Message to Startup Founders: Please Talk to Your Investors

Many entrepreneurs don’t prioritize communicating with their investors… and that’s a mistake. At Impact Engine, we know how important the investor-entrepreneur relationship is. We...

New Money: Luna Lights Raises $225K To Prevent Falls Among the...

Luna Lights Deal: $225,000 Investors: Participation from Impact Engine, Breakpoint Ventures, Fulcrum Investing, M25 Group, Chicago ArchAngels, Invoyent Ventures, and angel investor William Banks, associate director...

Impact Engine Raises $10M Fund For Social Impact Startups, Drops Accelerator

Over the last three years, Impact Engine has invested $700,000 among 23 social impact companies through its accelerator program. Now it has raised $10 million...

Can A Study Group App Fix College Dropout Rates?

Fletch focuses on retention through an academic social network.

For A Startup That Sells Key Fob Panic Buttons, Growth Means...

  When a startup is in growth stage, usually founders excitedly discuss an increase in revenue, employees, and users. For Joe Parisi, founder of Guard...

New Money: These Chicago Companies Raised Millions This Week

Here are the Chicago companies that made deals this week: AdYapper Deal: $4.5 million Investors: Led by KGC Capital, with investments from Techstars' Bullet Time Ventures, and BW...

What Chicago Jail Education Entrepreneurs Learned Working In Philadelphia Prisons

Brian Hill, cofounder of Chicago-based Jail Education Solutions (JES), knew their product, Edovo, was making strides when a corrections officer in a Philadelphia prison piloting...

The Country’s First Literacy-Focused Coworking Space Just Opened in the West...

Stacy Ratner admits that Chicago isn't the first place that comes to mind when people think "literacy innovation." Not anymore. That's because Ratner cofounded Literacenter, the first...

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