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JCC PresenTense Chicago

Fostering social change by igniting community entrepreneurs

JCC PresenTense Chicago is a volunteer-run community of local innovators and entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders, creators and educators, investing their talent and energy to foster the next generation of social entrepreneurs and to impact our established Jewish community.

Through an intensive, cooperative six-month Fellowship, PresenTense helps young entrepreneurs develop their ideas into transformational, sustainable and socially responsible ventures by tapping the talents and passions of professionals in our community.

Upcoming Events

No Shame on U Inaugural Event

*No Shame on U Inaugural Event

Saturday, November 7, 7:00pm
Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church St, Skokie, IL.  

No Shame on U is delighted to have Kevin Briggs “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” as our inaugural speaker. Kevin’s powerful TED Talk has already had over 2 Million views. Over the course of his career Briggs, through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate capacity for “listening to understand” encouraged more than 200 of these anguished souls to come back over the bridge’s rail. The evening will also include refreshments and an opportunity to meet Mr. Briggs and get his book signed.

*No Shame on U is a JCC PresenTense Chicago 2014 Venture

For registration info and tickets ($10) go to: www.nsouinauguralevent.eventbrite.com.

Sponsors include: JCC PresenTense Chicago, Afsp Illinois Chapter, Yellowbrick Program, and SDR Communications.


Shark Tank

Have you seen the show, Shark Tank on TV? Each Fellow will have the opportunity to stand in front of a panel of shark judges to pitch how their venture will bring about social change. This will be the first opportunity for the public to hear what JCC PresenTense Chicago innovators are building.

Photo Gallery Who’s in the Tank Press Release

Launch Night

After six months of start up professional training & fellowship, the JCC PresenTense Chicago entrepreneurs present to the public how they plan to change the face of our community.

Photo Gallery 1-Minute Pitches 2015 Launch Recap


Get Involved

You can become a part of the entrepreunrship community by lending your valuable talent! Young entrepreneurs participate in a six-month boot camp to learn skills and develop their ideas into sustainable and socially responsible ventures, with the support of professionals like you in our community.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Mentor: provide goal setting and guidance to move venture from vision to execution
  • Coach: assist, encourage and keep fellow on track with their monthly venture milestones
  • Advisory Board Committees: admissions, alumni, launch night, Shark Tank
  • Volunteer: Expert presenter, venture capitalists, pro bono and in kind services

Come back soon to find out how you can get involved!


Support JCC PresenTense Chicago

You can help launch the talent and passion of everyday professionals in our community. Every dollar you give will be matched one-to-one by an anonymous donor. Your support will have twice the impact on innovation.

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