As we near the end of Black History Month and take pause to honor our innovators of color, we're mindful that we're also entering into an energized continuation of community-wide efforts to pursue equity and opportunity for all. We recognize that Black entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders have often been excluded from our history, and we're reminded of the vital contributions they've made to our city. We're dedicating this newsletter to celebrating and amplifying the great work of Black innovators in Chicago — an important effort we're committed to fulfilling all throughout the year.

Chicago Innovation is dedicated to ensuring that innovation is for everyone. To do that, we will continue to learn about Black history, which is American history, and celebrate and recognize Black innovators. We encourage our Chicago Innovation Community to make an effort to support Black companies you can find a list of Black-owned companies here.

And take a look at the amazing organizations led by black innovators that have won Chicago Innovation Awards over the years:

*click the logos to see the organization's profile
Tune into the latest "Innovation Minute" from Tom Kuczmarski, courtesy WBBM Newsradio.
Chicago Innovation's 2020 virtual pivot is the featured case study in the January edition of Forum Magazine.
Watch & Learn: discover the latest from our Chicago On Innovation video archive.
PCs for People provides access to computers, internet, and digital literacy training. In Illinois, they aim to collect and distribute computers to over 30,000 homes. Click to get involved!
Chicago Innovation Executive Director Luke Tanen is named among the Crain's Chicago Business Rising Stars in Tech.
Learn the essential elements of creating, leading, and sustaining a culture of innovation in this executive education course curated by Tom Kuczmarski.
Discover the benefits of becoming a year-round Member of the Chicago Innovation inner circle
Meet the current cohort of mentees in the Women's Mentoring Co-op.
Meet the current cohort of mentors in our Ageless Innovators intergenerational co-mentoring program.