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Chicago Innovation Award Winner

Sam Yagan

Winner in: 2014
Winner Category: Visionary Award

Sam Yagan is the CEO of The Match Group, where he oversees a portfolio of 40 global brands including Match.com, Tinder, and several other innovative companies. Previously, Sam co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) to provide seed funding and mentorship to support new entrepreneurs in Chicago. To date, this program has launched 40 new companies and created over 150 new jobs. Looking further back, Sam was the Co-founder of Sparknotes, which sold to Barnes & Noble for $30 million, and the Co-founder of OkCupid, which was bought by The Match Group for $90 million. Last year, Time Magazine listed Sam among their “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

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