We Got Wired for A Purpose!

As we head into the holiday season and say goodbye to the amazing Fall weather Chicago experienced, we want to reflect briefly on another successful program we hosted. Thursday, November 3rd, 105 guests gathered to support budding entrepreneurs at the Chicago History Museum.

From the onset, our programming goals were to raise money for DePaul University Coleman Entrepreneurship Center’s Annual Purpose Pitch Competition. Each year, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center spotlights purpose-driven business ideas that focus on doing good rather than the bottom line. The Purpose Pitch Competition is a unique pitch session where Chicago startups pitch their greater purpose and how they plan to fulfill that purpose through their business objectives. Student and alumni groups compete to pitch their unique business goals and objectives to hopefully win dollars to fund their unique startups.

To hopefully draw in guests and appeal to a wide range of potential audience members, our program committee came together and voted on a keynote speaker from one of the worlds leading magazines on all thing’s tech, WIRED magazine. Greg Williams, UK Editor, gave a riveting talk on disruptive technology that spoke both to the students as well as our community of entrepreneurs and business owners.

Our silent auction had 37 items, from various sources, including some donations from our members. As a result of the generosity of our event attendees, we were able to successfully raise $9,000 to directly benefit the winners of the 2023 Purpose Pitch Competition. Our initial goal, as an organization was to raise $2,500 and our members went above and beyond our expectations and goals. The EFBC team and the Coleman Entrepreneurship staff really came together for a great event.

Our silent auction could not have been successful without the help of our amazing sponsors who donated. Big thanks again to all of them.