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Chicago Student Invention Convention

Ageless Innovators

The Women Mentoring Co-op

Chicago Innovation Foundation

Support Chicago Student Invention Convention:

  • Inspiring curiosity in STEM, invention and entrepreneurship in K-8th grade Illinois students
  • Keeping this invention curriculum free-of-charge for teachers, schools and students
  • The state’s largest competition of student-built prototypes
“I want to be an inventor when I grow up because it felt awesome to see my idea work out.”3rd grade student at Skinner West Elementary School
“Students are naturally creative thinkers.  Sticking with a program like this allows them to master those skills.”Teacher at Jungman Elementary School


Support Ageless Innovators:

  • Chicago’s first intergenerational co-mentoring program
  • Convening leaders across generations to foster age-related empathy and knowledge sharing
  • Supporting a community where diverse perspectives are welcomed and valued
“This experience has reinforced that people can be wise, extraordinary leaders at any age.”—Older Co-mentor
“I learned that ageism is something that can be overcome”—Younger Co-mentor



Support Women Mentoring Co-op:

  • Empowering, connecting and propelling female innovators in Chicago
  • Advancing inclusion and diversity in the workforce
  • Building a supportive community across industries for women in innovation

“It’s the perfect program for those looking to get more connected to Chicago’s innovation community and invest in themselves.”—Leslie Vickrey, Mentor

“She helped me figure out how to be the leader and executive that I wanted to be.”—Sarah-Eva Marchese, Mentee


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