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Rising Together: The Story of Chicago’s Innovation Ecosystem

April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Join us for a free online workshop with Luke Tanen, Executive Director at Chicago Innovation. We will discuss their new book, “Rising Together: The Story of Chicago’s Innovation Ecosystem.” It shares the story of the people, organizations, and culture that led to this regional growth, as told through the lens of those who lived it.

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What to Expect

During this session, Luke will share more about Chicago Innovation’s history and what they’re doing today, how they work to build a community around innovation, and some learnings from the book in terms of what it takes to foster an innovation ecosystem.

What is an innovation ecosystem? It is a blueprint for the city of the future. An environment that not only supports innovation, but makes it inevitable. Over the last twenty years, Chicago has seen a revolutionary change in business culture and success, largely in part to the formation of an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. The city has become a top-ten global innovation hub, and leads the country in diversity of industry and foreign direct investment.

About the Speaker

Luke Tanen oversees Chicago Innovation’s efforts to celebrate, educate and connect innovators throughout the Chicago region. He works closely with the Chicago Innovation staff, along with the organization’s 40+ person Board of Advisors to carry out all activities designed to drive growth at the organization. He oversees the recruitment of sponsors and all fundraising activities, provides counsel on all events and programs, and manages the process through which the Chicago Innovation Awards are announced and nominations gathered.

Luke has been published and featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Crain’s Chicago Business, NBC News, WGN Radio, WBEZ Radio, and other media. He is a recipient of the 2011 Chicago Ideas Week “Ideas Award” and was selected to Crain’s “20 in their 20’s” list in 2014, which annually recognizes twenty leaders who are on-the-rise.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.


April 17, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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