SNVC Finals Livestream Page

SNVC Finals Livestream Page


2024 Agenda

9:15-9:30 A.M. // Welcome 

9:30-10:00 A.M. // Ohr

10:00-10:30 A.M. // Nosso

10:30-10:45 A.M. // Break

10:45-11:15 A.M. //  Blueline

11:15-11:45 A.M. // The Dev Difference

11:45-1:00 P.M. // Lunch Break

1:00-1:30 P.M. // Sitkularis

1:30-2:00 P.M. // Iziko Ryaku

2:00-2:30 P.M. // KindEd

2:30-4:45 P.M. // John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge Reception and Awards Announcement (Room 104)


Team Descriptions

  • Blueline creates the throughline between campaigns, retaining Democrats’ best talent in the off-year, by matching staff with participating employers for a short-term contract. Blueline ensures that staffers maintain meaningful employment between election cycles. (Booth)
  • Iziko Ryacu is a social enterprise that produces and distributes energy efficient clay-based stoves for rural Rwandan households. It aims to educate people on the benefits of clean cooking and climate action while creating jobs and other income opportunities for local residents. (Harris) 
  • KindEd is a nonprofit that aims to equip and empower young people to become agents of change by providing a social media literacy curriculum for schools and advocating for policy changes across Illinois school districts. The curriculum seamlessly integrates literacy and social-emotional learning standards. (College & Harris) 
  • Nosso is a subscription service that gives people the option to borrow products that are used infrequently (folding chairs, tools, board games, select kitchen appliances) and thus not worth buying. Nosso’s goal is to reduce the number of things people living in urban areas buy. (Booth) 
  • Ohr is a B2B SaaS platform leveraging conversational AI to enhance early career development, focusing on first-gen and low-income graduates, by facilitating their transition into the corporate world and improving workplace integration and performance. (Booth)
  • Sirkularis combines efficient waste management solutions tailored for middle-to-low-income communities in Indonesia with cutting-edge SaaS tools for circular economy businesses. It empowers households and local businesses to responsibly manage waste while aiding businesses in optimizing resource usage, fostering a greener and more sustainable future for all. (Harris)
  • The Dev Difference provides a simulated mock interview environment for candidates, allowing them to practice interview scenarios, receive immediate feedback, and enhance communication skills. This user-friendly platform is tailored for students and career transitioners, offering valuable resources to first-time interviewees who may not have an established network for technical interviews (Computer Science, Booth)


Distinguished Judges

  • Becky Betts, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, A Better Chicago
  • Bruce A. Brege , MBA ’82, Division Head of Mathematics, Mathematics & Economics Instructor, Stanford Online High School
  • Jim Casselberry, MBA ’01, Co-Founder and CEO, Known Holdings
  • Duncan Davis, Founder and Managing Director, Breakout Capital
  • John Edwardson, MBA ’72, Co-Chair, Advance Illinois
  • William Fitzgerald, CFA, MBA ’88, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Fitzgerald Asset Management
  • Ghian Foreman, MBA ’01, President and CEO, Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative
  • Emily Green, COO and General Counsel, 4S Bay Partners LLC
  • Bob Greenlee, JD. ’99, Chief Operating Officer, Tusk Holdings and President, Tusk Philanthropies
  • Gabe Hakim, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Promise Venture Studio
  • Rich Hoops, MBA ’00, Executive Director, Impact Charitable
  • Rachel D. Kohler, MBA ’89, Founding Principal, KoHop Ventures
  • Lloyd Lewis, MBA ’88, CEO, Arc Thrift Stores of Colorado
  • Tasha Seitz, Partner, Impact Engine
  • Roberto Servitje, MBA ’13, CEO, Grupo Altex
  • Ron Tarrson, MBA ’72 (XP-31), Managing Partner and Director, Santa Fe Aero Services
  • Carter Stewart, Executive Vice President, Mellon Foundation
  • Nasrin Thierer, Founder and Managing Partner, Assetblue Investment Group
  • Tony Wilkins, CFA, MBA ’86, Private Investor and Executive Coach



  • John Edwardson, ’72


  • Ron Tarrson, 72 (XP-31), and Steve Tarrson
  • David Wells, MBA ’98, MPP ’98


  • David, ’67, and Rosemary Good
  • Roberto Servitje Labarrere, ’13


  • Lloyd Lewis, ’88
  • arc Thrift Stores 


  • Janet Linden Cooper, ’82
  • Locke Lord LLP


  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Dentons


  • Airtable
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Bubble
  • Carta
  • Clerky
  • HubSpot
  • Mintel
  • Mixpanel
  • Notion
  • ShipBob
  • ZenBusiness
  • ZenDesk

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