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Meet Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire nominees

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We recently enjoyed mixing and mingling with the leaders of Chicago’s innovation economy at Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire nominee photo shoot, sponsored by JLL and hosted at 515 N. State.

150 nominees, including innovators and influencers in tech, education, marketing, food and healthcare, came through to pose and chat with us about what lights their fire. We’ve highlighted seven of their success stories below.

The final 50 on Fire will be revealed at the December 2nd event and our own JLL VP and tech guru Bobby Goodman is on the judging panel. Best of luck to all!

Bill Fienup, President, Catalyze Chicago

CatalyzeWhen are you most on fire?

Every morning when we wake up and come into the office. There’s always some activity or some pressing need, whether it’s helping our members or putting together an event. We’re always doing something exciting.

If you could change one thing about your work space, what would it be?

I wish we had more space to store members’ inventory and product. All of our members are entrepreneurs building a physical product, and they need to put it somewhere. Some cool products companies are working on at Catalyze right now include:

  • Guard Llama: A panic remote fob button that you push when you’re in distress and it sends the police to your location.
  • Outernet: A satellite Internet provider that provides educational content (Khan Academy, Wikipedia, etc.) across 95 percent of the world. It’s like a DVR box to download Internet.
  • Greenlight Planet: Replacing the kerosene lantern with an LED, battery-powered, solar-rechargeable light.

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