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Chicago's Social Innovations, Enterprise, and Public/Private Partnership Launch Event

Dear Greater Chicago Social Innovator:

CHICAGO’S SOCIAL INNOVATIONS, ENTERPRISE, AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS edition and symposium will showcase Chicago’s most innovative solutions to solve society’s toughest problems. Across the globe and in Chicago, there has been a rapid rise globally in the number of social sector innovators and entrepreneurs who want to find innovative ways to solve or “move the needle” on society’s problems, and they are increasingly deploying the methods of business and private capital if that helps them to do so. They include people in the social sector who can now tap the markets for finance in addition to seeking grants from donors, and philanthropists who are willing to fund innovative ideas and businesses driven by social entrepreneurs and social sector organizations if they offer a greater likelihood of achieving the social impact they desire. The force capable of driving a social sector revolution is Chicago’s social innovation, enterprise, and partnerships that harness innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships and capital to power social impact.

The Social Innovations Journal has joined forces with the Chicago Public Library, Forefront, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, and BYN Mellon to publish a Special Edition highlighting CHICAGO’S SOCIAL INNOVATIONS, ENTERPRISE, AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. We will commemorate this publication with a symposium and launch event on APRIL 26, 2017 from 1:30 – 5:30 at the Chicago Public Library. This launch event will precede the Social Ventures Partners fast-pitch event from 6:00 – 8:00 at Uptake 600 W. Chicago Ave.

Click here to register!


Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder/CEO
Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founder

Chicago's Social Innovations, Enterprise, and Public/Private Partnerships

April 26, 2017 1:30 - 5:30 (including reception)
Chicago Public Library


1:30 PM - Networking

2:00 PM - Welcome
Tine Hansen-Turton and/or Nicholas Torres
Eric Weinheimer, Forefront
Brian Bannon, President, Chicago Public Library
Michael DiMedio, President, BNY Mellon Chicago and Midwest Region

Live Audience Poll

2:15 PM - Keynote
Marc Lane, Author, The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World's Most Vexing Social Problems

2:30 - 2:45 PM - Panel Keynote
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board

Panel (2:45 - 3:40)
Aviva Rosman, Ballot Ready
Jessica Droste Yagan, CEO, Impact Engine
Paul Sznewajs, Ingenuity
Jim Kales, Aspire Chicago
Christina Hachikian, Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative

3:40 - 3:55 PM - Panel Keynote
Tim Frick, B Corporation and Mightybytes

Panel (3:55 - 4:50)
Megan Kashner, Founder & CEO of Benevolent
Brady Gott, Managing Director of Cleanslate Chicago
Eve Pytel, Delta Institute
Brenda Swartz, Concordia Place
Brandon and Amanda Neely, Overflow Coffee Bar
William W. Townes, Benefit Chicago

4:50 PM - Chicago Government Innovations
Kurt Summers, City of Chicago Treasurer

4:55 PM - Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - Reception and Networking

The Social Innovations Journal believes that the potential for good ideas to inspire more good ideas cannot be underestimated. The value that entrepreneurs and innovators bring to local communities and regions across the nation is often, to our collective societal detriment, overlooked.