Tonight, we unveiled the 50 on Fire, a collection of companies, CEOs, startups, and entrepreneurs that are driving the city’s innovation economy forward.
From Avant, one of Chicago’s four Unicorns, to Todd Connor, Executive Director of the The Bunker Labs, and from Catalyze, an incubator for makers, to Curiosity, an app for discovery, these people and businesses are heating up the city across a variety of industries.
To select the final 50, we announced the 150 nominees earlier this Fall and scheduled a photo shoot with all of the finalists. We then had over 20 judges select their top third in a handful of categories. At tonight’s event, we revealed the 50 on Fire via a high-octane, 15-minute video, which we will be posting shortly.
In the meantime, we wanted to share the winners with everyone.
Thanks to all who came out – it was an absolute blast – and congrats to the 50 on Fire and to the nominees. Enjoy…
B2B TECH Winners:
Rick Lane, CEO, Trading Technologies
Stuart Frankel, CEO, Narrative Science
B2C TECH Winners:
Jessica Tenuta, Co-Founder and Lead Designer, Packback
Kate Drane, Senior Director of Tech Outreach, Indiegogo
Linda Darragh, Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Amy Francetic, CEO, Clean Energy Trust
Todd Connor, Executive Director, The Bunker
Andrea Saenz, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
Katie Olson, Program Director, UI LABS
Lindsay Knight, Marketing Associate, Chicago Ventures
Peter Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
Shoshana Vernick, Managing Director, Sterling Partners
MARKETING & ADVERTISING Winners:
HEALTH & MEDICINE Winners:
Sarah Doherty, Co-Founder & CTO, TeleHealthRobotics
FOOD, DINING, & DELIVERY Winners:
Julie and Tony Bombacino, Founders, Real Food Blends
Matt Matros, CEO, Farmedhere | Founder, Protein Bar
Red Frog Events
Sonali Lamba, Founder, Brideside
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our 50 on Fire partners & sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. Until next year!
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