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Four Chicago Startups get $1.7 Million to Boost Tech Diversity
Four Chicago startup and tech organizations will be awarded grants totaling $1.7 million over the next two years as part of the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge, an initiative run by the New York-based Blackstone Charitable Foundation and ChicagoNEXT, the tech-focused division of World Business Chicago.
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$1.7 Million Awarded for Next Phase of the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge
For the next two years, Bethel New Life, BLUE1647, Bunker Labs, and Future Founders will be awarded grants totaling $1.7 million to refine and expand their programs that support traditionally underserved entrepreneurs.
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Chicago’s First Inclusive Entrepreneurship Summit
ChicagoNEXT and the Blackstone Foundation corralled civic and corporate leaders from around the country to drive inclusive entrepreneurship.
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Women, Veteran and Minority Entrepreneurs Across Chicago to get Boost from $1M Grant
A $1 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds in Chicago will go to major players 1871 and UI Labs as well as specialty groups Blue1647, Bunker Labs and i.c. stars.
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Jimmy Odom joins ChicagoNext after leaving state government post
Jimmy Odom, the tech entrepreneur who resigned from a state government position earlier this month, has taken a new job touching the public sector.
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Jimmy Odom Joins World Business Chicago to Boost Tech Diversity in Chicago
Chicago-area entrepreneur Jimmy Odom will join World Business Chicago as ChicagoNEXT’s first Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship, the city announced Thursday.
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Chicago will get up to $3.4 million in grants to support diverse entrepreneurs
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation will give up to $3.4 million over three years to Chicago nonprofits that support entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, the group and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday evening.
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Mayor Emanuel, Blackstone Charitable Foundation and World Business Chicago Launch Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and World Business Chicago (WBC) today launched the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge (“Blackstone Challenge”). The three-year pilot program will award up to $3.4 million in grants to innovative organizations that effectively recruit and support diverse entrepreneurs and scale start-ups in the Chicago area. The selected programs will serve diverse populations, including communities of color, women, veterans and immigrants. Chicago has been chosen as the first city for this pilot program.
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