Navigating Bureaucratic Sales Structures to Reach the Right People: Joy Randels, Citizinvestor
Answering, “How do you navigate bureaucratic structures to reach the right people?” with Joy Randels of Citizinvestor.
Finding the Right Problem to Solve With Your Business: Joy Randels, Citizinvestor
Answering, “How do I find a problem I’m passionate about to solve for my next business?” with Joy Randels of Citizinvestor.
Maintaining Strategic Partnerships While Scaling: John Moorhead, Nelnet
Answering, “How do I manage strategic partnerships and hiring to scale business development?” with John Moorhead of Nelnet.
Using Financial Forecasting in Scaling Your Business: Michael Araten, K’NEX Brands
Answering, “How do I manage finances to know how to scale in different channels?” with Michael Araten of K’NEX Brands.
How to Manage Cash Flow During Product Development: Mike Delazzer, Founder of RedBox
Answering, “How can I manage cash flow during the product development phase?” with RedBox CEO, Mike Delazzer.
Improving Repeatable Sales While Setting A Company Up for Scale: Kevin Harrington (As Seen on TV and ABC’s Shark Tank)
Answering, “How do I improve repeat sales while setting my company up to scale?” with Kevin Harrington of As Seen on TV.
Where Should I Begin With International Manufacturing and Distribution? With RedBox Founder Mike DeLazzer
Answering the question, “”How do you approach international manufacturing?” with RedBox Founder and CEO, Mike Delazzer.
Future Founders & Ford Motor Company Award $15,000 in College Scholarships to Chicago Teens
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.
Future Founders Selected for Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Grant
Future Founders selected to join a cohort and receive funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Video: Using The Experience Model Matrix to Delight Customers
Vinesh Kannan, founder of Omnipointment and 2017 Fellow, gives an overview of the Experience Model Matrix.
Taking Advantage of Failure: How to Make the Most of Startup Setbacks
At the end of the day, failure of any scale or magnitude becomes a metric and driver for your own personal leadership.
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.
What is Customer Discovery? A 4-Step Guide to Building the Right Product for the Right Customers
Learn the proven 4-step process for identifying exactly who will be interested in your product or service.
Future Founders Recognizes Winners of Inaugural EntrepreneurshipU Awards
Future Founders recognized colleges and universities for their contributions to the entrepreneurial community.
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.
Do I Need to Register My Business?
One of the most important but confusing parts of launching a company is officially registering as a business.
How Do I Come Up With A Business Idea?
Coming up with the right idea can take quite some time, but startups have a name for it: ideation.
Do I Need a Co-Founder?
You have a business idea. Do you really need a co-founder to make it successful?
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.
Future Founders Adds Talent to Support Collegiate Entrepreneurs
Future Founders announces the addition of two Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) and a staff promotion.
Do I Really Need a Patent? 3 Cautionary Things to Know About Intellectual Property
Patents can be confusing, yet they offer one of the only methods of formal protection for an idea.
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.
How to Build a Product that People Will Actually Buy
The journey of an entrepreneur is plagued with self doubt. Am I making the right decision? Do I have the right team?
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.
Get Unique, Entrepreneur-Made Holiday Gifts with Our 2016 Fellowship Holiday Gift Guide
Give your loved ones something exciting this holiday season, and support our entrepreneurs at the same time!
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
Future Founders Introduces New Team to Inspire Elementary and High School Students & Welcomes 2016 School Partners
Future Founders is excited to announce the promotions of two staff members and school partnerships.
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 Turns 5 Today
Our mission is even more important today as it was when we started.
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 Invites Community to Annual Fundraiser on September 22
You’re invited to celebrate with Future Founders at our Innovation and Impact event at 1871!
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding has become the norm for startups seeking to introduce a product to a market without much prior startup capital.
The Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs on the Rise in Chicago
Three high school entrepreneurship programs in Chicagoland that are building the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
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.
Top 6 Sites to Learn to Code for Free
With the help of FEMcoders, we listed our top 6 sites where you learn any number of programming languages.
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 and 1871 Announce Partnership
Future Founders Moves Headquarters to 1871 with help of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
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!
How to Write a Professional Email
Your emails are a virtual representation of you. Sometimes, they can be the first impression someone has of you.
Is Nobody Buying What You’re Selling? This Might Be Why.
If you find yourself struggling to gain traction with your flashy new product, this might be the reason why.
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.
6 Future Founders Fellows and Alumni Named to Chicago Inno’s 2016 Tech Madness Bracket
Tech Madness is a friendly competition to see who the community thinks will be the most valuable tech company in five years.
Future Founders Appoints Three Board Members, Expands Startup Team
Future Founders announces the appointment of three new board members and the expansion of its Startup team.
Why You Should Stop Asking for NDAs When Pitching Your Idea
It’s finally time to pitch it to some friends, advisors or even investors. What should you do?
4 Future Founders Startup Businesses to Compete in SXSW National Tournament
Student startup teams from 38 colleges and universities compete for top honors in Student Startup Madness tournament
Future Founders Fellow Daniel Yu Named One of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs of 2016
Congratulations to Daniel for everything he and his team continue to accomplish.
Fox32: Future Founders Fellow Kaeya Majmundar Proves Worth of Never Giving Up
Kaeya Majmundar is a role model for anyone who vows to never give up. Watch the video here!
Future Founders Fellow Kaeya Majmundar Featured on WGN
Meet the young CEO with two different startups: Ziptank and Bizzy Box
5 Questions to Expect When Pitching Your Idea to Investors
We have compiled the top five questions asked by judges at our own successful entrepreneurial competition.
Two Future Founders Collegiate Entrepreneurs Named to Chicago Inno’s "10 to Watch in 2016"
Future Founders Fellowship member TagPrints Digital and 2015 U.Pitch participant NuGrad named top 10 to watch.
READ: Future Founders Named One of Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire
On November 30th, 2015, Future Founders was named one of Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire!
U.Pitch competition shows off a harvest of student startups
The finalists presented 90-second pitches then answered questions from judges, including Shark Daymond John.
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.
Announcing This Year’s 50 on Fire Winners
Future Founders part of the 50 on Fire, a collection of companies, CEOs, startups, and entrepreneurs that are driving Chicago’s innovation forward.
Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign in 5 Steps
5 steps to help you build a successful crowdfunding campaign as an early entrepreneur.
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.
Sourcing 101: Where Do You Begin?
Finding a factory, budgeting, and planning what you need are big steps in your sourcing process.
How to Read a Convertible Debt Term Sheet
As an entrepreneur raising capital, you have many options on what type of round to pursue.
The 2015 Winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards
Congratulations to Daniel Yu, the founder of Reliefwatch, on winning a 2015 Chicago Innovation Award.
How to Get an Angel Investment
To succeed at building relationships with angel groups and getting them to invest, you have to understand how they work.
Pitching Lessons from Applying to Shark Tank
How did applying for Shark Tank make the Packback team members better pitchers?
25 Chicago Startup Founders Under 25
Want a good way to evaluate the strength of a tech ecosystem? Take a look at a city’s youngest entrepreneurs.
What if we gave education an entrepreneurial facelift?
It’s no wonder that universities shy away from teaching risk, but what if the education system embraced it?
Entrepreneurs on Campus: Revenue Model Tips from the College Founders of VitaFive
Two students at Texas Christian University are launching the next best thing to happen to vitamins.
Chicago Startup Founder Named Finalists for Forbes’ $1M Change the World Competition
Daniel Yu is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s most celebrated young entrepreneurs.
7 Essential Entrepreneurial Resources to Build Your Startup
So much of succeeding in the entrepreneurial ecosystem is constantly learning from others who’ve been there before.
Future Founders Seeks New Role: Coordinator, Startups
Future Founders announces a new role that will support the execution of Future Founders programming and operations.
How to Maximize Your Internship While Building Your Startup
Here are 10 ways to maximize your internship as you’re building your startup.
Advice From a Shark Tank Alum
“You are not an entrepreneur” is what one Shark told then 20-year-old inventor Kaeya Majmundar.
How to Measure Valuation
As an early-stage entrepreneur, one of the first things you learn is that the valuation of your company is important.
Why You Don’t Need to Be a Unicorn
Understanding investors’ perspectives on risk will provide insights into how they make investments.
4 Ways to Achieve Work/Life/School Balance as a Student Entrepreneur
Time is a valuable and precious commodity and as a student entrepreneur with a busy schedule.
The Top 5 Ways to Secure Sponsors for Your Event
Follow these 5 rules and you’ll be sure to have a rocking event in no time.
Caffeinated Toothpaste, More Innovations Flow from Area High Schools
Meet Lizzete Manjarrez, 16, Luqman Muhammad, 17, and Shandale Watkins, 18, and see their stories first-hand.
How a UChicago Student-Run Startup Raised Funding
In an article from ChicagoInno, Founders Fellow Jason Li talks about UProspie, his college campus tours app.
UProspie Aims to Disrupt the College Admissions Tour
UProspie, a college tour platform, is looking to disrupt the university visit for millions of students across the country.
Future Founders CEO Scott Issen Published in Entrepreneur
“How to Show Investors Your Startup Is Worth Sinking Money Into” written by Future Founders CEO Scott Issen.
1776 Challenge Cup Winner Reliefwatch Uses Mobile Phones to Solve Systemic Stockouts
Daniel, a Founders Fellow, speaks what led to Reliefwatch’s founding and the company’s impact.
Student-Run Economics Club Connects Elite Chicago High School Entrepreneurs
Founders Fellow Samuel Lurye has just announced the creation of the Junior Economic Club of Chicago
Founders Fellow Wins Big at Urban Sustainability App Competition
Founders Fellow Elizabeth Zubiate and her team won the Urban Sustainability App competition with Purshable
Shark Tank Alum Kaeya Majmundar Talks Returning To Chicago, Pitching At Technori
Founders Fellow Kaeya Majmundar, founder of BZbox, was recently profiled in ChicagoInno.
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.
Trinity Christian College Recognized by Future Founders Foundation
Read more about the award given to Trinity Christian College by Future Founders.
Reliefwatch Wins $50K (And Maybe $100K More) At International Startup Competition
Founders Fellow Daniel Yu has won big yet again, this time taking home $50,000 as one of two champions.
Chicago’s Student Entrepreneurs Win Big at Future Founders Challenge
The Future Founders Foundation hosted its inaugural Future Founders Challenge on April 24 in downtown Chicago.
Future Founders Foundation Highlighted on WGN Radio
Our CEO Scott Issen recently sat down with Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio to talk about Future Founders.
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