Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

When a city's innovation economy is on fire, it's the result of thousands of people and companies, across a variety of categories, heating up their respective industries and departments.

Yes, a pillar company is important to the overall health of an ecosystem, but a single success story isn't sustainable. That's why Chicago's emergence as a leading tech hub is due to all of the innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, employees, professors, civic professionals and more that are driving the city forward.

EDUCATION:

Five Chicago Education Entrepreneurs And Experts Competing To Be A Part of SXSWedu

STEAM Inspired Girls Education
With: Shalini Patel (Inspire Girls Academy) and Rayna Yaker (RYE Consulting)

These two Chicago-based panelists will take on a topic that is huge in tech right now: how to grow the pipeline of women in STEM. Their panel will discuss integrating arts into STEM, how single gender education interacts with STEM, and the idea of a holistic education.

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Florida Native Uses Background in Education to Take On Consulting

For Rayna Yaker, Managing Principal Consultant of RYE Consulting, her teaching experience was all the initiative she needed to help other teachers and students along the way. The South Florida native originally started out teaching first grade in Seminole County after undergraduate but wanted to expand how she worked in the education industry

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