Category: Funding

Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund

Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund

By Michael Frerichs, Treasurer, State of Illinois   As the state’s chief investment officer, it was a moment of great pride and excitement to announce the creation of the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund earlier this year. The $220 million fund is designed to invest with investment firms that, in turn, will provide capital to technology […]

Impact Investing: Realizing Economic Growth and Social Progress Through Entrepreneurship

Impact Investing: Realizing Economic Growth and Social Progress Through Entrepreneurship

By Jessica Droste Yagan, Chief Executive Officer, Impact Engine   Two years ago, Impact Engine’s Chairman, Chuck Templeton, addressed the ISTC community and shared his vision of a great ecosystem of impact investing emerging in Illinois. Today, it’s safe to say that this vision is becoming a reality.  Businesses and investors alike are demonstrating that financial […]