The Big IDea


Tickets for the Frida 2020 Exhibition are selling fast! Available for purchase here . The Big IDea The key to consistent and sustainable economic development


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What's Shaking the Region


Innovation DuPage joined forces with Brewpoint Coffee and the City of Elmhurst to host DuPage County’s first Makers & Shakers event. Sharp minds from across


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Dare to STEAM


Surrounded by a fortress of picture books, three women took the dais to a round of applause louder than what’s typically heard in this Glen


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Empowered by Choice


Phillip Perlman launched his marketing career as a bovine evangelist for Chick-fil-A. He set off on an experiential marketing campaign that grew a local Chick-fil-A’s


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From Aspiration to Achievement: Upcoming ID Workshop Perfect for Early-stage Startups


Do you have an early stage startup and want to increase your probability of success while simultaneously decreasing the time it takes to achieve it?


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How Jodi Norgaard Advised ID Members to Tackle Manufacturing, Walmart and Amazon


2 min read ...Jodi Norgaard delivered an ID Mentor workshop to ID Members about her experience manufacturing and selling a gender model positive plush toy


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How Marvelous Minds Is Breaking Down Barriers


Read time...4.5 mins Kym Larson was a college student with a passionate interest in learning what makes people tick, when she earned extra money as


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The Doctor Is In … and Helping Women Celebrate Their Feminine Power


2 min read...Off the shoulder fashions for women are hot. And it’s no wonder because the look is both fun, flattering and—surprisingly—empowering! So said Dr.


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Know You. Know Why. Know What. Know How. Know Clarity Ventures.


3 min read ...The 20th century was dominated by process efficiency. The first part of the 21st century has focused on technology innovation. Future success


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A Startup to Help Startups


Randy Micheletti spent close to a decade as a very successful corporate lawyer employed by a large law firm where he represented huge deep-pocketed clients.


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How Banking on an Internship Turns Into a Career


2 min read...Interns add a little spice to the environment at Innovation DuPage. One intern that we will be saying farewell to this week is


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Get to Know ID Mentor, Chip Borkowski


Chip Borkowski is a proven growth counsel with for-profit corporations and 501(c)3 not-for-profits as well. His skills as an in-demand visionary and strategic leader that translates business strategies


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How Dr. Sanju Abraham Is All About Giving Back


3 min. read...If you’ve had the pleasure of participating in one of Dr. Abraham’s workshops, you’d probably think this warm, humble, unassuming man is someone


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14,000 Reasons Why You Should Enter a Pitch Contest (or at Least Consider It)


3 min read...Getting a startup off the ground is not easy. Finding time amid other obligations (like your day job and your family), raising capital


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How Dots Make a Difference


When Tim Fates’ mother passed away from cancer a short time after a nephew contracted a rare genetic disease, a realization hit him. There was


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Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship with Confidence


Innovation DuPage was proud to sponsor Ladies Who Launch, a one-day conference for women in the pre-launch through startup (and just beyond) stages of entrepreneurship,


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How one entrepreneur made toys for the #MeToo era.


A perfect world to Jodi Norgaard, a long-time Glen Ellyn resident and mom of three, would be one where the world viewed equally the contributions of men and women for equal gender balance.


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The Future of Learning and Education: Investing in Human Potential


Reading time 4 minutes According to the last census report, over one third of American adults hold a degree from a four-year institution. This is


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How Fly Fishing and Market Positioning Resonate with Dave Goetz


Dave Goetz is a little obsessed with fly fishing. He is so obsessed that he started a podcast (2 Guys and a River), now on


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Keeping Kids Safer Online Through Storytelling


Online technology has become an integral part of daily life. Technology is used for everything from navigating to work, to connecting with friends, to buying


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Michael Medema Mentor Workshop: Flip-flops and Fast Facts


For a man who has started seven companies (with four successful exits) and is currently running three companies simultaneously, Michael Medema seemed pretty chill. Medema


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Flip the Switch


If you have an idea that you genuinely think is good, don’t let some idiot talk you out of it. ~Stan Lee (Marvel Comics) Thomas


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Justin Mayer of Encube

How Serendipity Led to Encube’s Founding


Justin Mayer, a cofounder and chief marketing officer of Encube, was working in product management for a manufacturer when he realized there was a gap


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ID Grand Opening in Video and Photos


The Grand Opening event video documents an incredible day where an estimated 300+ people participated in activities complete with a ribbon cutting featuring local dignitaries


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Innovation DuPage Sponsors 2018-19 Blue Ocean Competition


As a sponsor of the 2018-19 Blue Ocean Competition, Innovation DuPage was proud to have the opportunity to present a $500 check to an Illinois


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How COD Graphic Design Students Created for GOtivation


Portfolio Night 2019 is where design students from College of DuPage and high schools in the community were invited to present their work to a


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How Gindo’s is spicing up the craft hot sauce business


Chris Ginder is unapologetically obsessed with hot sauce. He creates a new flavor almost every week. Today, his business offers about 103 unique sauces, and “unique” is often an understatement. (Chocolate Cold Brew hot sauce, anyone?)


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Tech entrepreneurs talk startup struggles: “It’s not really like Shark Tank.”


During last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, Innovation DuPage organized a panel of investor-funded entrepreneurs. They came together at Benedictine University to discuss the struggles and triumphs of the startup business.


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How Gray Matters Games rewrote the rules of business growth


The New York Toy Fair isn’t all fun and games. Okay, technically, it is all fun and games, but the stakes couldn’t be higher. For the thousands of exhibitors who pitch their products – many of them small businesses trying to break into an overcrowded market – the future of their business is on the line.


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