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Impact Engine Community Demo Day
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)
Impact Engine Community Demo Day
Building Businesses that Change the World
Join us for an inspiring evening at 1871 when our entrepreneurs present their for-profit ideas for making the world a better place.
Impact Engine's first cohort, Impact 1, includes early stage companies that are addressing a societal or environmental challenge. From empowering women in rural India to improving education in the United States, this class includes a diverse group of entrepreneurs tackling both domestic and global issues.
6:30 to 7 p.m. — Check-In
7 to 8:30 p.m. — Presentation
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Networking & Refreshments
About Impact 1:
Azadi — Azadi empowers women and girls in rural India to make menstruation a non-issue in their lives. The lack of access to female hygiene products prevents them from going to school and work. Azadi's product is a simple solution to free this population of 300 million under monthly house arrest in rural India.
Collaborative Group — Collaborative Group is a marketplace that connects retail brands with artisans in the developing world. We create collaborations that provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations and unique, socially impactful products to our brand partners.
Effortless Energy — Effortless Energy makes home energy efficiency a no-brainer by acting as a market maker between homeowners, energy auditors, contractors, grant programs, and financiers. Effortless Energy uses technology and a unique financing model to make these smart home upgrades simple, free, and attractive for homeowners. Residents get the satisfaction of lower monthly utility bills, increased home value, and improved health and home comfort, in addition to doing something good for the environment.
Light Up Africa — Light Up Africa (LUA) enables Kenyans to create energy through their everyday movements. More than 85 percent of Kenyans suffer from Light Poverty, a crippling condition that adversely affects their quality of life—from education to health to economic instability. LUA’s first product, the Zoom Box, is a portable device that uses motion to generate power and electricity, and easily attaches to bicycles, motorbikes, livestock, and boats.
Portapure — Portapure makes clean water available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. With its easy-to-use, patented technology, Portapure invents, designs, and manufactures affordable water filtration products for the developing world. Portapure enables households to provide clean water for their families and sustain clean water mirco businesses for their communities. Portapure: empowering individuals to save their own lives.
Raise5 — Raise5 opens up new fundraising channels for charities through an easy-to-use online platform. We empower supporters to offer goods and services to the general public in exchange for a contribution to their favorite charity. Raise5 combines consumption and donation to get people excited about giving back.
ThinkCERCA.com — ThinkCERCA.com is a web-based platform that gives teachers the tools and content they need to create and deliver personalized critical thinking instruction for all students.
A special thanks to our event sponsor:
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Impact Engine is a 16-week business accelerator that supports for-profit businesses making the world a better place. We empower our entrepreneurs, program mentors, and investors to make a collective impact on society by applying smart business principles to the world's greatest problems.
Impact 1, our inaugural cohort, included early stage companies addressing today's societal or environmental challenges. From empowering women in rural India to improving education in the United States, this class includes a diverse group of entrepreneurs tackling both domestic and global issues.
Our accelerator program is designed to provide entrepreneurs the capital, business resources, and network they need to build successful companies that positively impact the world. Our ultimate goal is to build up the broader impact community in Chicago and beyond.
A special thanks to our Impact 2 program sponsors: INVENTABLES, Inc., Quarles & Brady, SRAM Corporation, and Synergy Law Group.