Walgreens and Healthcare Technology Incubator MATTER Collaborate to Support Healthcare Innovation


DEERFIELD & CHICAGO, Ill. – Dec. 20, 2016 – As Walgreens focuses on new ways to help support the development of next-generation healthcare technology, products and services, today the company joins Chicago-based healthcare incubator and innovation community, MATTER, in announcing a new strategic relationship.

Walgreens will collaborate with healthcare innovators across MATTER’s network of early-stage industry entrepreneurs and partners, who are focused on accelerating the development and growth of solutions that address industry challenges and improve care.

“We’re looking forward to working with MATTER and uncovering new innovation that can help shape the future of healthcare, technology and pharmacy,” said Brad Fluegel, senior vice president and chief healthcare commercial market development officer at Walgreens.

As part of the collaboration, Walgreens will actively contribute to MATTER’s knowledge network, providing expertise to MATTER’s curriculum, participating in mentorship, and supporting other initiatives designed to provide the incubator’s 150+ startups with the resources they need to further their businesses and connect to the broader healthcare ecosystem in the region.

Walgreens is also working closely with MATTER as a founding member of the recently launched Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3) – an organization co-created by MATTER and Leavitt Partners. HC3’s charter is to convene Chicagoland healthcare companies to expand the intellectual, technical, human and financial capital required to succeed in a value-based healthcare economy while concurrently raising Chicago’s profile as an American healthcare epicenter.

“Walgreens has been a retail pharmacy pioneer for more than a century,” said Steven Collens, MATTER CEO. “The opportunities, insights, and perspectives that Walgreens provides will prove invaluable to the innovators at MATTER and to the Healthcare Council of Chicago.”

“We look forward to supporting MATTER’s community efforts to help push the status quo of healthcare forward through innovation and technology,” said Nimesh Jhaveri, Walgreens divisional vice president, health services development. “Collectively, with MATTER and its members and partners, we will focus on helping to address some of the pressing healthcare challenges the industry is facing today, to better serve patients and our communities.”

MATTER acts as a community hub for stakeholders across the healthcare industry, from executives of established companies, to entrepreneurs building their own innovative solutions to real healthcare problems. By convening these various players together, MATTER believes the future of healthcare innovation can and will be reached more quickly and efficiently.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. More than 150 healthcare technology startups operate at MATTER, and the company partners with 11 hospitals and health systems, five universities and more than 40 industry-leading companies. By equipping, empowering and emboldening healthcare innovators, MATTER accelerates the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

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MATTER Launches The OSF Simulation Stage in Partnership with OSF HealthCare

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New specialty environment at MATTER lets healthcare innovators develop ideas and test products in real-world clinical scenarios; first project will focus on hospital observation units

(CHICAGO, IL) – September 6, 2016 – MATTER, in partnership OSF HealthCare, today announced the launch of The OSF Simulation Stage at MATTER, a flexible simulation environment designed to allow early-stage healthcare technology innovators to test their products in real-world clinical environments and gain valuable feedback – knowledge they traditionally would not have the opportunity to receive until much later in the development process. The Stage, which is configurable to model a number of hospital clinical settings such as an ICU, cath lab, or procedure room, is outfitted with medical equipment from Hill-Rom and electronic health record software from Allscripts.

The OSF Simulation Stage’s first configuration will model a hospital observation room and will be the focal point of a six-month-long challenge sponsored by Hill-Rom to develop technologies to improve the efficiency, quality, and financial stability of hospital observation units. The challenge is an opportunity for innovators to develop solutions to a timely problem and gain feedback from clinicians on the front lines of delivering care. Applications from teams interested in participating must be submitted by October 15. The winning team will be presented with a cash prize. For more information, visit http://matterchicago.com/about/thestage/

“Simulation provides an invaluable opportunity for testing, training, and iteration in a safe and controlled environment,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, vice president and chief medical officer for Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, a partnership between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. “The friction involved in bringing new healthcare technologies to market is immense, and it’s often doubly hard for early-stage innovators to navigate the healthcare system to secure crucial pilots and gain direct feedback. The OSF Simulation Stage at MATTER eliminates this friction by accelerating the testing process and paving the way for outside evaluation to shape new ideas and iterative decisions that might otherwise not be uncovered until much later in the process – or missed entirely. We’re thrilled to partner with MATTER on this endeavor.”

“Since MATTER opened last year, we have heard from startups and innovators that they want greater access to clinical environments in which to develop ideas and test prototypes,” said MATTER CEO Steven Collens. “The OSF Simulation Stage gives them this environment and is designed to be highly flexible and adaptable to a variety of situational challenges.”

The OSF Simulation Stage is the second specialty environment that MATTER has designed to facilitate connection and collaboration between entrepreneurs and clinicians to advance healthcare. Previously, MATTER introduced the AMA Interaction Studio, in partnership with the American Medical Association, that provides an interactive environment for entrepreneurs and physicians to engage one another early on in the development of new solutions.

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About OSF HealthCare
Headquartered in Peoria, OSF HealthCare is owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, and consists of more than 18,000 employees in 115 locations, including 11 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan. Its physician network employs more than 1,000 primary care, specialist physicians, and advanced practice providers. More at www.osfhealthcare.org.

About Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) is an incubator where collaboration and innovation lead the transformation of healthcare worldwide. Jump programs and objectives are key to improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for community members across the region.
A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Jump advances the missions of both organizations.

MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. More than 130 healthcare technology startups operate at MATTER, and the company partners with 10 hospitals and health systems, four universities and more than 40 industry-leading companies. By equipping, empowering and emboldening healthcare innovators, MATTER accelerates the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

Noted Author and Health Columnist David W. Johnson to Join Healthcare Technology Incubator MATTER as Author-in-Residence

(CHICAGO, IL) – June 29, 2016 – David W. Johnson, author of Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, writer of the widely read Market Corner commentaries, and founder and CEO of 4sight Health, will join healthcare technology incubator MATTER as its author-in-residence. During his year-long residency, Johnson will tell stories from the frontlines of innovation in American healthcare, blogging and writing on behalf of MATTER.

“There is no more interesting place in healthcare than MATTER,” said Johnson. “I’m tremendously excited about engaging with the talented entrepreneurs and visionaries there.”

“I’m a long-time admirer of David Johnson’s writing and the thought leadership he has demonstrated on the topic of market-driven healthcare reform,” said Steven Collens, chief executive officer, MATTER. “David’s vast knowledge of the healthcare industry and his passion for innovation and disruption to improve the status quo make him a perfect candidate to shine a light on the interesting stories coming out of our innovation community. We are honored to have him as our first author-in-residence.”

“Market-driven reform is transforming American healthcare and entrepreneurial startups are leading that charge by challenging incumbents clinging to old business models,” added Johnson. “Startups get it. In post-reform healthcare, outcomes matter, customers count and value rules.”

About David W. Johnson and 4sight Health

Johnson is the CEO and founder of 4sight Health (www.4sighthealth.com), a boutique advisory firm specializing in healthcare thought capital, strategic advisory services, and venture investing. He is the author of Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, author-in-residence at the Health Management Academy, and writer of the widely read Market Corner commentaries. Johnson is also an advisor, investor, and board member of a number of early-stage healthcare companies. During his 28-year investment-banking career, he managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds and led significant strategic advisory engagements for health system clients.


MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. More than 125 healthcare technology startups operate at MATTER, and the company partners with 10 hospitals and health systems, four universities and more than 40 industry-leading companies. By equipping, empowering and emboldening healthcare innovators, MATTER accelerates the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

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Over 40 Ventures from 10 Midwest Universities to Participate in MATTER’s Second Annual Midwest University Healthtech Showcase

CHICAGOApril 8, 2016 – MATTER, the healthcare community hub and entrepreneurial incubator, announced today that the second annual Midwest University HealthTech Showcase will take place on Monday, April 11, 2016. The showcase will bring together early stage healthcare innovators from 10 midwestern universities to present their technologies to hundreds of healthcare investors and industry leaders at MATTER. The Midwest University Showcase is the kick-off event to the two-day MedCity INVEST Conference on April 12-13 that attracts both regional and national venture capitalists and angel investors.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the brightest healthcare innovators from across the Midwest,” said Steven Collens, MATTER CEO. “Investors and industry leaders will see promising new technologies that represent real business opportunities and that will have a huge impact on health and healthcare.”

The event will showcase over 40 biopharmaceutical, medical device, and health IT innovations that are available for licensing or in the commercialization process. Participating technologies include BOLD Diagnostics, which developed a device to remotely capture blood pressure in patients with hypertension; NovaScan that commercializes a low-cost instantaneous cancer detection system; and Output Medical that automates urine output measurements to improve acute kidney injury diagnosis.

“We are extremely excited about attending the Midwest University Showcase because we see this as an ideal opportunity to validate our venture, and build the necessary connections to generate traction and move the company forward,” said Output Medical founder Dr. Jay Joshi.

Participating universities include Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Notre Dame, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, Medical College of Wisconsin, Rush University, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. BioSTL will also participate. Several MATTER member companies, whose technologies were initiated out of participating universities, will be involved in the program.

In addition, MATTER will bring together healthcare technology investors from across the country, as well as industry professionals responsible for in-licensing and investment opportunities from companies such as Horizon Pharma, Abbott, AbbVie, Astellas, Baxalta, and Takeda.

“It’s always compelling to learn about new technologies that are being developed right in our backyard that we don’t have visibility into through our traditional channels,” said Nancy Sullivan, CEO of IllinoisVENTURES. “MATTER’s ability to convene this many healthcare innovators, industry insiders, and investors makes for a stimulating evening of discovery, networking, and opportunity,” Sullivan added.

The Midwest University Showcase is a private, invite-only event underwritten by Horizon Pharma. To see the full list of participating technologies, visit http://matterchicago.com/programs/midwest-university-healthtech-showcase/


MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. MATTER connects and promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investors and industry partners in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

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MATTER to collaborate with Abbott to bolster healthcare innovation

 Sam Dewey, Built In ChicagoJan 28th, 2016
This week, Merchandise Mart-based Matter, unveiled a collaboration with global healthcare company Abbott to spur innovation in healthcare. Together, the companies will work to fuel the development of tech that improves from health and healthcare. Abbott is one of MATTER’s eight platinum-level partners from various corners of the healthcare industry.

MATTER and Abbott to Collaborate on Next-Gen Healthcare Technologies


– General Manager at Chicago Inno01/27/16

MATTER, the Merch Mart-based hub for healthcare innovation, announced that it’s collaborating with Abbott, the global drug and research giant, “to accelerate the development of new technologies that improve health and healthcare.” Together, they’ll identify promising, emerging technologies that are potential candidates for commercialization. Abbott will also join MATTER as a mentor to the hub’s 115 healthtech members.

Abbott signs on to support Matter

By John Pletz, Crain’s Chicago Business


Abbott, one of Chicago’s biggest healthcare companies, has signed on as a top-level partner of Matter, the health-technology incubator at the Merchandise Mart.

Abbott is a platinum-level sponsor, alongside seven other healthcare heavyweights, such as AbbVie, Astellas, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, Takeda and others.

“It’s one of the biggest healthcare brand names in Chicago,” says Matter CEO Steven Collens. “We’re thrilled to welcome them.”

Abbott was in the process of splitting into two companies as Matter was being formed. Baxter, which also underwent a breakup, has yet to sign on.

Matter, which launched a year ago, is home to 115 startups and counts about 50 industry partners.

Abbott will serve on Matter’s advisory board, which helps provide guidance on programming to help spur innovation. Companies collaborate with Matter startups, helping them sharpen their business plans and figure out how to land big customers while getting a close-up look for themselves at new technologies and disruptive ideas.

 See the full story at Modern Healthcare.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly Visits with Healthcare Innovators at MATTER

CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2016U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) today visited healthcare technology incubator MATTER to discuss healthcare innovation with early-stage entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

Launched in February 2015, MATTER is a community of health technology startups and industry leaders from across the ecosystem that are working together to foster innovation in health IT, medical devices, diagnostics and biopharmaceuticals.

Kellyvisit2During the visit, the Congresswomen met with Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER; Jeff Aronin, co-chair of MATTER and CEO of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, as well as representatives from AbbVie and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois, who are among MATTER’s industry partners. The discussion focused on MATTER’s mission to unite the healthcare industry in Illinois to solve tough challenges in healthcare and introduce next-generation solutions that will improve patient lives and drive economic growth.

Congresswoman Kelly also had an opportunity to tour the MATTER facility and meet with some of the entrepreneurs working at MATTER including the founders of CancerIQ, a digital health company that helps personalize cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship plans based on a patient’s individual risk factors; doc&I, a pricing software for healthcare providers aimed at giving patients the best prices for prescription drugs; and Resonance Medical, a medical device software provider whose first solution powers cochlear implants and other neuromodulation devices.

“As chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust, I’ve worked to draw attention to the true potential of innovations in health technology, and how they affect the ways healthcare is delivered and how individuals manage their own health,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “To put it plainly, what the folks at MATTER are doing matters.”

“We must encourage health technology startups and increase funding for the basic sciences if we are to revolutionize healthcare policy to the benefit of vulnerable populations,” added Kelly. “From what I saw today, I’m confident that Chicago will serve as an innovation hub on the health innovation front. I will continue working in Washington to leverage the technologies that are the brainchild of MATTER’s innovators, so we can put an end to health disparities once and for all.”

Congresswoman Kelly is outspoken on the issue of healthcare disparity. She currently chairs the CBC’s Healthcare Braintrust, which works to address health disparities and improve health outcomes for all Americans. Particular areas of focus for the Congresswoman include addressing health inequality in our communities, gun safety, protecting a woman’s right to choose, keeping health care costs affordable and protecting Medicare and Medicaid for future generations.

kellyvisit3“We’re honored to welcome Congresswoman Kelly to MATTER to emphasize the importance of how industry collaboration and early-stage innovation is driving the future of healthcare,” said MATTER CEO Steven Collens. “We’re appreciative of Congresswoman Kelly’s commitment to supporting innovation and important healthcare initiatives, and we look forward to working with her as MATTER continues to grow.”

“We’re thrilled to have had an opportunity to expose Congresswoman Kelly to the incredible entrepreneurs at MATTER, who are focused on game-changing healthcare technology solutions,” said Jeff Aronin, co-chair of MATTER and CEO of Marathon Pharmaceuticals. 


MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. MATTER connects and promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investors and industry partners in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives. MATTER was developed by a team of entrepreneurs and industry leaders with the support of the state of Illinois. MATTER began as a project of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on technology and innovation, which is part of World Business Chicago. For more information, visit www.matterchicago.com and follow @matterchicago.

MATTER Welcomes 20 More Healthcare Tech Startups Into The Community

December 9, 2015

MATTER is pleased to recognize 20 healthcare technology companies who have recently joined the community. The new members are:

American BioOptics is developing a method for population-wide colon cancer screening via a minimally invasive test performed during a patient’s annual physical exam. With early detection of colon cancer precursors, the company aims to streamline efficiency of care, reduce cost, and save lives by means of colon cancer prevention.

CareCentra is a healthcare analytics and behavior design company that’s changing and activating health behaviors in patients, employees, and health care professionals. The company’s core technology platform, coordinated multi-modal engagement and outreach tools, and online and mobile solutions, offer a range of capabilities that support clients’ health activation management goals to create immersive wellness experiences that ensure a healthier, engaged, and activated population.

Consilink provides technology-enabled solutions to improve population health across the continuum of care. The company’s platform combines analytics, online tools, and provider support to enable care coordination among disparate providers.

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer‘s mission is to end children’s cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated timeframe. The organization is addressing the largest challenges currently facing the field, to ensure the best research turns into cures uniquely developed for children.

EP Solutions has developed and is bringing to market a novel ablation technology that will revolutionize the treatment of atrial fibrillation, a common irregular heart rhythm with serious complications.

ExplORrer Surgical has created ExplORer, a surgical workflow management app, to help operating room (OR) teams coordinate their tasks and tools during a surgical procedure. With ExplORer, surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists – the core members of an OR team – are able to follow the steps of the case as it progresses in real-time, while being informed of the correct tools, equipment, and tasks needed for each of those steps.

Helix Analytix is a cloud based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that enables advanced, machine learning-based, downstream analysis of public and private genomic data sets through interactive visualizations to aid biomarker discovery and patient stratification in the quest for personalized medicine.

KloudScript provides a turnkey specialty pharmacy solution to independent community pharmacies enabling essential interactions between pharmacies, patients, prescribers, payors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. KloudScript’s performance network of pharmacies offer patients an alternative to today’s impersonal, mail-order specialty pharmacy care experience. The company allows patients to receive high-touch specialty care from someone they know and trust: their local pharmacist.

Luto are experts in producing clear communications through good information design. The company writes and designs great digital and print communications and then tests them with real people to make sure the information meets their needs. Solutions include package inserts, instructions for use, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies communications, clinical trials information, educational and marketing materials, websites, apps, and videos. The company also specializes in providing full human factors usability and readability testing services throughout the US and Europe to support regulatory submissions.

Markit Medical makes healthcare shopping easy for patients. The company allows referring doctors to show their patients in-network specialist options complete with out-of-pocket price estimates, quality data, and an easy scheduling process – all before the patient leaves the office.

NowPow is a knowledge utility company that powers up underserved communities by providing people the vital information they need to stay well and live long. Integrating with all major EHR systems, the company produces customized community resource e-prescriptions that extend, complement and complete care plans given to the patient by providers. The personalized e-prescriptions are generated by applying a rigorous matching methodology to NowPow’s extensive inventory of community services and an individual’s personal health and social conditions.

Objective Arts’ healthcare analytics platform provides the backbone of a payor or provider’s shift to a pay-for-performance environment. The company gives organizations the tools to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions throughout a network, thus maximizing the ability to compete or manage in value-based payment models. Most importantly, Objective Arts provides high-speed data tools that minimize the response to both patient and financial risk.

OpenMarkets is a technology company reinventing the healthcare equipment marketplace with an emphasis on data, collaboration, and simplicity. Fueled by 250 provider clients and active supplier partnerships, OpenMarkets is changing what’s possible for buyers and sellers.

Redox is the modern API for healthcare. The company allows best-in-class software to easily and securely interoperate with EHRs by connecting to existing health system infrastructure. Software applications connect to Redox once and integrate with any health system they sell to through standardized data models. Founded in 2014 by former Epic engineers, Redox is the leading healthcare integration platform with an ecosystem of over 120 enterprise applications.

Rhythm Therapeutics’ technology is expected to significantly improve upon the current low success rate of current ablation strategies in treating atrial fibrillation (AF). The company is pursuing a proprietary utilization of gene therapy to target key mechanisms causing AF. This gene therapy will be delivered to the heart via a minimally invasive, IP-protected approach.

simMachines provides auditable machine learning prediction services both on premise and in the cloud. The company’s technology enables users to extract the highest amount of value from their data. simMachines has created a set of techniques that raise the bar in scalability, precision, and ease of use.

StatPayMD makes it easy for medical practices to improve patient payments at the time of service with a consumer focused patient experience. StatPayMD allows medical practices to easily estimate the full “out of pocket cost” for patients and use convenient payment options to collect the balance due before the visit or at the time of service, significantly reducing accounts receivable and bad debt while improving patient experience.

Stella Maris Tens of millions of people worldwide are affected by mitochondrial damage diseases (MDDs) including ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. The nutritional needs of these patients are not being met with current treatment. Stella Maris has patent pending GRAS (generally regarded as safe) medical food formulations based on clinical data aimed at managing the nutritional needs of MDD patients.

SymGym is addressing adult obesity with the introduction of SymGym, a revolutionary exercise device and video game controller that provides resistance-based exercise while you play video games.

TAFi liberates massive health data sets and delivers real-time aggregated information from multiple sources with their UI and UX. Portability, aggregation, and leveraging the massive and increasing accumulation of patient information within electronic medical records are the greatest challenges provider organizations face as they shift toward becoming data-driven operations. Leveraging best-in-class technology, TAFi’s platform moves and transforms bits to pentabytes of data and provides an intelligent UI/UX that’s supported on all desktop and mobile platforms.

MATTER continues to evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Interested entrepreneurs should visit www.matterchicago.com. Membership rates start at $150 per month and include access to MATTER’s mentor network, classes, and events designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators accelerate the growth of their companies.

Launched in February of 2015, MATTER is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders working together to harness technology to improve health and healthcare. MATTER connects and promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investors, and industry partners in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.

Check out all of MATTER’s announced member companies here.


Announcing This Year’s 50 on Fire Winners

December 2, 2015

Will Flanagan, chicagoinno.streetwise.co

Tonight, we unveiled the 50 on Fire, a collection of companies, CEOs, startups, and entrepreneurs that are driving the city’s innovation economy forward.

From Avant, one of Chicago’s four Unicorns, to Todd Connor, Executive Director of the The Bunker Labs, and from Catalyze, an incubator for makers, to Curiosity, an app for discovery, these people and businesses are heating up the city across a variety of industries.

To select the final 50, we announced the 150 nominees earlier this Fall and scheduled a photo shoot with all of the finalists. We then had over 20 judges select their top third in a handful of categories. At tonight’s event, we revealed the 50 on Fire via a high-octane, 15-minute video, which we will be posting shortly.

In the meantime, we wanted to share the winners with everyone.

Thanks to all who came out – it was an absolute blast – and congrats to the 50 on Fire and to the nominees. Enjoy…

B2B TECH Winners:

Catalyze Chicago
Rick Lane, CEO, Trading Technologies
Sprout Social
Stuart Frankel, CEO, Narrative Science

B2C TECH Winners:

Jessica Tenuta, Co-Founder and Lead Designer, Packback
Kate Drane, Senior Director of Tech Outreach, Indiegogo


LEAP Innovations
Linda Darragh, Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Polsky Center

CIVIC Winners:

Amy Francetic, CEO, Clean Energy Trust
Todd Connor, Executive Director, The Bunker
Andrea Saenz, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
BLUE 1647
Future Founders
Katie Olson, Program Director, UI LABS
Smart Chicago


Lindsay Knight, Marketing Associate, Chicago Ventures
Origin Ventures
Peter Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
Shoshana Vernick, Managing Director, Sterling Partners


Finn Partners
Rise Interactive
Spring Rewards


Sarah Doherty, Co-Founder & CTO, TeleHealthRobotics


Julie and Tony Bombacino, Founders, Real Food Blends
Matt Matros, CEO, Farmedhere | Founder, Protein Bar
Zero Percent


Red Frog Events
Sonali Lamba, Founder, Brideside

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our 50 on Fire partners & sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. Until next year!