Making Mental Health More Accessible to All
Meet two young founders from our Fall 2020 Blackstone Fellowship Program that are making mental health more accessible to all.
4 Young Founders Taking Education Beyond the Classroom
Meet the four young founders from our Fall 2020 Blackstone Fellowship Program that are taking education beyond the traditional classroom.
Meet the Young Female Founder on a Mission to Change the Future of Women in Politics
Meet a female founder from our Fall 2020 Blackstone Fellowship that’s changing the future of women in politics.
Future Founders Awards $12,000 in Seed Grants to Chicago Entrepreneurs
Meet the six young founders who were awarded Future Founders seed grants this fall.
Future Founders Announces Semifinalists for U.Pitch 2020
See the list of 18 startups that will be competing in this year’s U.Pitch National Collegiate Elevator Pitch Competition
Future Founders Announces Founders Joining the Next Phase of the 2020 Startup Bootcamp
Meet the 22 ambitious young entrepreneurs joining our 2020 Startup Bootcamp.
Meet the Winners of the 2020 Pitch for Good Middle School Competition
Check out our full slate of virtual programming for Chicago middle and high school students.
Future Founders Partners with Techstars & Blackstone LaunchPad for New Fellowship
The Summer Startup Fellowship will help students directly affected by COVID-19.
Meet the Winners of the 2020 Pitch for Good Competition
Future Founders Launches Summer 2020 Virtual Programming
2020 Economic Impact Report: Future Founders Fellows Achieve Record-Breaking Milestones
Learn about the tremendous economic impact achieved by our Fellowship cohorts of millennial entrepreneurs.
Future Founders Launches The Pitch for Good Challenge
Our first ever 100% virtual program for Chicago high school students, the Pitch for Good Challenge is looking for problem solvers, leaders, and changemakers to help solve our global crisis.
Future Founders Announces 2020 Alumni Accelerator
Meet the 36 entrepreneurs who are part of the 2020 Future Founders National Fellowship Alumni Accelerator.
Future Founders Announces Entrepreneurs Joining 2020 National Fellowship Cohort
Check out the 20 founders joining our 2020 Fellowship Cohort.
Future Founders Announces Founders Joining Fall 2019 Residency Cohort
Meet the 19 ambitious young entrepreneurs joining our Fall 2019 Residency Cohort
Mi Terro Takes First Place at U.Pitch 2019
Check out the full list of winners from the 2019 U.Pitch National Collegiate Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase
Future Founders & Ford Motor Company Award $15,000 in College Scholarships to Chicago Teens
Scholarships given to participants in Future Founders’ annual Summer Entrepreneurship Internship Program
Volunteer for Demo Day on May 30 & Meet Our 2019 School Partners
Join us on May 30 when selected students show off their apps and seek feedback from the startup community.
Future Founders Announces Spring 2019 Residency Cohort
Meet the 23 entrepreneurs from 19 companies who were selected to participate in its Spring 2019 Residency Cohort.
Economic Impact Report: Future Founders Fellows Achieve New Milestones
You’re Invited: Girls Camp Showcase @ Google on 4/19
Future Founders teamed up with Google to offer Startup Spring Break, a free week-long bootcamp for middle school girls.
Future Founders Introduces New Format for Spring 2019 Residency
The Residency Bootcamp is an experiential workshop series that exposes participants to the lean startup methodology.
Future Founders Announces 2019 Alumni Accelerator
Meet the 30 entrepreneurs who are part of the 2019 Future Founders National Fellowship Alumni Accelerator.
Vote Now to Help Future Founders Win $250,000!
Future Founders was one of 10 organizations selected (nearly 170 applied) for the Google.org Impact Challenge Illinois.
Future Founders Announces 2019 National Fellowship Cohort
Meet the 18 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2019 Fellowship program.
Quevos Takes First Place at U.Pitch 2018
The shelf-stable egg-white chips were delicious enough to win over the entire panel of judges.
Future Founders Announces Semifinalists for U.Pitch 2018
Future Founders announces the 18 semifinalists for its 5th Annual U.Pitch National College Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase.
Future Founders hosted our annual “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp for CPS high school students.
"Be Your Own Boss" Summer Camp Blog
Future Founders hosts annual two-week long “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp!
Future Founders Recognizes Winners of 2nd Annual EntrepreneurshipU Awards
Future Founders recognized Illinois colleges and universities at the 2nd Annual EntrepreneurshipU Awards!
Capital One Highlights Future Founders Alum in "My Future Self" Video Series
Future Founders alum Jasmine Leatherwood is one of six people nationwide featured in Capital One’s “My Future Self” campaign.
Data Release: Future Founders Fellows Achieve Significant Economic Impact
Future Founders shares its 2nd Annual Fellowship Impact Report detailing the economic impact achieved in 2016 and 2017.
Future Founders & Google Announce 2019 Spring Break Camp for Middle School Girls
Future Founders is teaming up with Google to bring back Startup Spring Break, a free week-long bootcamp for middle school girls.
Future Founders Launches National Accelerator for Fellowship Alumni
The Alumni Accelerator is a program designed to engage those Fellowship alumni who have demonstrated significant traction.
Future Founders Announces Semifinalists for 2017 U.Pitch National College Elevator Pitch Competition
Future Founders announces the 18 semifinalists for its 4th Annual U.Pitch National Competition presented by Capital One.
Big Names Confirmed for U.Pitch 2017
Future Founders is thrilled to announce the six judges for the U.Pitch Finals at the 2017 competition.
Future Founders Launches New Program for Minority and Millennial Entrepreneurs
Future Founders will launch a new program, branded the Chicago Cohort, designed for ages 18-30 from underrepresented groups.
Future Founders hosted their “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp Student Showcase.
2016 Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Jackie Wu, Corvus Robotics
We spoke with Jackie Wu of the 2016 Future Founders Fellowship to hear about his learning experience with Future Founders.
Data Reveals Future Founders Collegiate Entrepreneurs Create Real Economic Impact
Future Founders announces the economic impact achieved by its first two Fellowship cohorts of collegiate entrepreneurs.
Future Founders Welcomes Top Collegiate Entrepreneurs to Chicago for Founders Weekend
Future Founders flew their 2017 Fellows to Chicago for the first of two Founders Weekends.
Future Founders Teams Up With Google to Launch Startup Spring Break Camp for Middle School Girls
Future Founders and Google to launch Startup Spring Break, a free week-long bootcamp for middle school girls.
2015 Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Tom Iwema, IKG Property Maintenance
We sat down with different members of the 2015 Fellowship to hear about their Future Founders experience.
Future Founders Announces Entrepreneurship Awards Event for Chicagoland Universities
Future Founders announces awards to highlight the work of the entrepreneurial universities in Chicagoland.
Future Founders Names 2017 Fellows: 17 Entrepreneurs You Should Know
Future Founders announced the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship.
2016 Future Founders U.Pitch Competition & Showcase Recap Video
Future Founders hosted their 3rd Annual U.Pitch National College Elevator Pitch Competition on November 10 at 1871 in Chicago.
2015 Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Ryan Hesslau, foreverU
Future Founders Announces Distinguished Panel of Finals Judges for U.Pitch 2016
Future Founders is thrilled to announce the six judges for the U.Pitch 2016 Finals.
Future Founders Announces 18 Semifinalists for U.Pitch National College Elevator Pitch Competition
Future Founders announces the 18 semifinalists for its 3rd Annual U.Pitch College Competition
Get Your Tickets Now to the Third Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase on Nov. 10
Join Future Founders for the 3rd Annual U.Pitch Competition & Showcase, an initiative of Future Founders Startup.
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Kevin Roemer (Brandless Group)
Future Founders Adds Entrepreneurs in Residence to National Collegiate Fellowship, Opens Applications for 2017 Cohort
Future Founders announces the addition of three Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) to its team.
The 5 Traits of a Future Founders Fellow
One of the most common questions we receive is: “What makes a good candidate for the Fellowship?”
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Liliana Leon (Winefolded)
Future Founders Spotlight: Josh Doering, U.Pitch 2015 Winner
We sat down with Josh Doering, the co-founder of Seed Slide and the winner of U.Pitch 2015.
2015 U.Pitch Finalist Seals Major Deal with Competition Judge’s Company
Sam Lukach announced that his company has partnered with ContextMedia:Health, reaching over 25,000 locations.
Future Founders Recognizes Top College Entrepreneurs During National U.Pitch Competition Featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John
Future Founders hosted their 2nd Annual U.Pitch College Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase.
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Kaeya Majmundar (KAEYOS, Inc.)
2016 Fellow Matthew Sarli Talks Benefits of Future Founders, University of Tampa for Entrepreneurs
Watch 2016 Fellow Matthew Sarli discuss how he’ll be taking his business to the next level with Future Founders.
Future Founders Launches "Be Your Own Boss" Summer Entrepreneurship Camp
Future Founders has teamed up with After School Matters to launch an extended summer camp high school entrepreneurs.
Future Founders Announces Successful Pilot of Collegiate Scholars Program
Future Founders is excited to announce the successful conclusion of the pilot for its new collegiate Scholars Program.
Future Founders Announces Finalists for New Culminating Expo
Future Founders hosted competitions for student business plans created during the school year.
Future Founders to Introduce New AdVENTURE Expo – An Initiative of Future Founders Ignite
Join us for an inside look at the next generation of entrepreneurs in Chicago on May 11th!
Future Founders Announces Members of 2016 Circle
The Circle is an exclusive group of students who embody the necessary skills to excel in the entrepreneurial community.
Meet the 24 U.Pitch Student Startup Founders
Future Founders is hosting U.Pitch Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase, a national pitch competition for top student founders.
Future Founders Announces 24 Semi-Finalists for U.Pitch College Elevator Pitch Competition Featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John
Future Founders announces the 24 semi-finalists for its 2nd Annual U.Pitch College Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase.
Founders Fellow Wins Big at Urban Sustainability App Competition
Founders Fellow Elizabeth Zubiate and her team won the Urban Sustainability App competition with Purshable
Reliefwatch Wins Total of $100K at an International Startup Competition
Founders Fellow Daniel Yu wins the 1776’s Challenge Cup, earning a total of $100,000 for his company Reliefwatch.
Middle Market Open™ Partners with Future Founders Foundation to Launch MMO Next Gen Golf Tournament
The Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament is the premier golf tournament for Chicago’s deal-making community.
Future Founders Announces Finalists for 10th Annual High School Citywide Business Plan Competition
Future Founders Foundation and the NFTE hosted competitions for their partnership schools and student entrepreneurs.
ZipCar Partners With Big Ten Conference and Future Founders Foundation
For every hour one of these 14 branded vehicles is driven, Zipcar will donate $1 to the Future Founders Foundation.
Future Founders Names College Students for Inaugural Entrepreneurial Fellowship
Future Founders announces the top 12 college students who were selected to participate in the inaugural Founders Fellowship
2014 Future Founders U.Pitch Competition Video Highlights
Future Founders hosted their inaugural U.Pitch Regional College Elevator Pitch Competition in downtown Chicago
Future Founders Foundation Holds U.Pitch Competition for Young Entrepreneurs
ABC 7 Chicago covers the Future Founders and its U.Pitch Competition, featuring Scott Issen, Katie Sowa, and Andy Marsh.
Future Founders Announces Finalists for U.Pitch Regional College Elevator Pitch Competition
The Future Founders Foundation announces the 10 finalists for its inaugural U.Pitch Competition. U.Pitch!
Future Founders Announces Program Expansion to Accelerate Success of College Entrepreneurs
New Program Includes Free Benefits for College Students, $10,000 U.Pitch Competition & Selective Founders Fellowship
Future Founders Foundation Hosts 7th Annual Summer Entrepreneurship Academy, Awards Over $23,000 in Scholarships
The Academy is a week-long interactive summer entrepreneurship camp for the Future Founders program’s top students.
Lemonade Day Chicago 2014 Stand Locations
We’re mobilizing communities to purchase lemonade and support the work of the city’s young entrepreneurs.
Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition
The Future Founders Foundation hosted their 9th Annual Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition
Future Founders Foundation Announces Finalists for 9th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition
Future Founders announces the seven finalists for the 9th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition.
Lemonade Day Chicago Launch Event @ Google – March 12
Future Founders celebrates the 2014 launch of Lemonade Day Chicago and announce new ways for you to get involved.
Announcing Lemonade Day Chicago Domain Leader Positions 2013-14
Three new domain leadership positions that will work with Future Founders staff to add capacity and increase impact.
Get Involved Happy Hour – November 6
Join our Community Advisory Board for the Future Founders Foundation’s upcoming Get Involved Happy Hour.
Future Founders’ Big Idea Day – September 18
Join us on Wednesday, September 18 for the 2013-14 kickoff for the Future Founders program.
Future Founders Foundation Hosts 6th Annual Summer Entrepreneurship Camp, Awards Over $21,000 in Scholarships
The Future Founders Foundation recently hosted the 6th Annual Future Founders Academy at 1871.
Get Involved Happy Hour – September 12
Join us for the Future Founders Foundation’s inaugural Get Involved Happy Hour on Thursday, September 12.
Lemonade Day Chicago 2013 Highlights
The Future Founders Foundation runs Lemonade Day Chicago, a free, community-wide, educational program.
Lemonade Day Chicago 2013 Stand Locations
View all of the Lemonade Day Shoot Locations (Lemonade Day Chicago) put on by Future Founders.
Chicago’s Next Generation of Teen Entrepreneurs Earn Scholarships at Citywide Business Plan Competition
Future Founders hosted their 8th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition on May 8 at the Hard Rock Café.
Opening Video for 2013 Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition
Meet our citywide business plan competition finalists and hear their thoughts on the program.
Future Founders Foundation Announces Finalists for 8th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition
From each school’s competition, judges selected 3-5 plans to advance to the Future Founders finalist pool.
Future Founders Foundation Announces Partnership with Lemonade Day & Expands Services to 10,000 Additional Students
The Future Founders Foundation announces its newest partnership with national program Lemonade Day.
Future Founders Foundation Hosts Summer Entrepreneurship Camp, Awards $23,000 in Scholarships
The Future Founders Academy is a week-long interactive summer entrepreneurship camp held at 1871.
CompTIA, Illinois Technology Association Team Up to Support STEM Education in Illinois Schools
CompTIA and the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announce a $5,000 grant to support education in STEM fields in Illinois.
See Highlights from the 2012 Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition @ Hard Rock
Future Founders hosted their 7th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition on May 9, 2012 at Hard Rock Café
Opening Video for 2012 Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition & Luncheon
Ten student finalists showcased their business concepts at a high-energy “American Idol” meets entrepreneurship style competition
Future Founders Foundation Announces Winners of the 7th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition
Chicago’s next generation of entrepreneur’s complete year-long program and receive scholarships through Future Founders
Meet the 2012 Future Founders Citywide Finalists
Future Founders will host the 7th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition & Luncheon at the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago.
Teen Entrepreneurs from Chicago’s South Side Brave ‘Shark Tank’-Like Competition and Vie for $30,000 in Prizes
Students from five South Side high schools participated in a thrilling business plan competition on May 5.
Future Founders Foundation Announces Finalists for 7th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition
Future Founders announces the nine plans that will be featured at the 7th Annual Citywide Business Plan Competition.
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