Empowering the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

IMPACT





  • Every Youth Can Become an Entrepreneur

    Our programs have served over 35,000 youth

  • Today’s Careers Require 21st Century Skills

    96% of students leave our programs better connected and prepared

  • The Startup Ecosystem Thrives with Diversity

    We seed diverse founders at 7x the national rate

  • Young Founders Drive Massive Impact

    Our founders have created $32.8 million in revenue and 543 jobs over the last 4 years


FUTURE FOUNDERS BY THE NUMBERS



OUR PROGRAMS HAVE SERVED OVER 35,000 YOUTH

Through Future Founders’ collection of middle school, high school, and 18 to 30-year-old programming, we have reached an astonishing 35,000 young entrepreneurs. We empower this group of underserved, ambitious youth with confidence, leadership development, vital 21st Century career skills, and so much more. Our efforts prepare them to succeed in the careers of tomorrow, whether it’s for a large corporation or a business they launch themselves.

And the best part? We’re just getting started



96% OF STUDENTS LEAVE BETTER CONNECTED AND PREPARED

Entrepreneurship education plays a powerful role in youth development as its framework supports key aspects of student success: 21st Century skill-building, social and emotional core competencies, and career exposure. Our middle and high school work, in partnership with incredible Chicago schools, is proven to equip students with the skills and mindset they need to succeed in the future.

In fact, an incredible 96% of students leave our in-school programs and camps feeling more connected to and knowledgeable about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago.



DIVERSE FOUNDERS SEEDED AT 7x THE NATIONAL RATE

In a study of 1,454 Silicon Valley companies conducted by the Center for Employment Equity, it was discovered that African American and LatinX employees make up less than 13% of the startup and tech ecosystem, even though they represent over 30% of the available workforce. Future Founders aims to reverse this trend and give everyone a seat at the table.

This starts at the very beginning with the middle and high schools we choose to serve, and continues all the way through our 18 to 30-year-old initiatives, where diverse entrepreneurs comprise anywhere from 60-80% of our individual cohorts, 7x the national represented rate.



OVER $32 MILLION IN REVENUE DURING THE LAST 4 YEARS ALONE

Future Founders believes that young entrepreneurs can have a massive impact, because we’ve seen it first-hand.

Over the last four years alone, founders in our Fellowship program have generated $32.8 million in revenue, raised $34.9 million in capital, and have created 543 jobs in the process.

To learn more, be sure to read our Fellowship Impact Report.

 

 

 

 

 


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