Founder Stories is a labor of love, a series of interviews that will bring to the forefront the various social organizations in the city and the heroes behind them! Bringing young women in technology, creating entrepreneurship opportunities for underrepresented teens, using dance as a development tool are some of the ways these Founders are making a difference in chi-town!

We will have coffee with them, hear their stories and their journeys and have some fun along the way!


#CommunityoverCompetition that’s what I keep hearing these days but what does it mean! For me it means collaborating forces with Chicago Rises to contribute to their vision of fostering an interactive community of fellow Chicagoans that shares information and resources with the common goal of improving our city and communities!

We are sharing our resources to bring these interviews to you on the Chicago Rises website where they will be presented in a easy to view format. Hopefully these interviews will lead to bigger conversations! But most importantly they will inspire you to make small impacts and alleviate our social consciousness!

Kamiya Sargoch
Founder | Founder Stories

#JenKamins#EmilyHarburg and #AnnaBethune are the Founders of Brave Initiatives empowering teenage girls to become agents of change in the world through technology! Their programs are focused on solving meaningful community problems through code and design!

Part 1- #BritneyRobbins, CEO and Founder of The Gray Matter Experience talks about what it takes to bring entrepreneurshipresources, and access to youth of underrepresented communities. Enriching lives of African-American teens and exposing them to the action and innovation that they can then set their sights on.

Part 2- The conversation continues with #Britney on how The Gray Matter Experience teaches entrepreneurship to youth from underrepresented communities using experiential learning! How the right kind of representation in entrepreneurship and technology will encourage students to aspire to be tech leaders and entrepreneurs!