The Future Founders Foundation inspires youth in Chicagoland to explore and practice entrepreneurship. We offer programs to connect students with mentors from various professions and provide engaging project-based learning experiences for students in elementary school through college. From 2005-14, we served over 22,500 students. This year, we are serving over 7,000 students at 50 schools.
Our organization was created in 2011 through the merger of Future Founders, the youth entrepreneurship program founded by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) in 2005 and Connect to the Future, the career exposure program that Lightbank Co-Founder Brad Keywell launched in 2006. In 2013, we launched Lemonade Day Chicago to encourage elementary and middle school students to experience entrepreneurship first-hand. In 2014, we created College Founders, a program that connects college students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in the Chicagoland community.
Over 90% of our student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Approximately 80% of our students are African American, while the rest are of Latino origin. Our school portfolio includes a mix of elementary, middle and high schools in low income areas of Chicago. Our college and university partners represent a diverse, world class cross-section of Chicagoland higher education.