FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julia Markham-Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 955-0818
Chicago, IL (March 23, 2015) – Chicago-based education technology startup ThinkCERCA will join the Chicago Innovation Awards, the Chicago region’s foremost annual celebration of innovation, in New York City on Monday, March 23rd to ring the closing bell at The Nasdaq Stock Market. The event, arranged by the Chicago Innovation Awards, will emphasize the surge of innovation that is occurring in the Chicago region and shine a spotlight on the organizations contributing to its vibrant economy.
“This annual event is an excellent example of how the Chicago Innovation Awards celebrates the spirit of innovation in organizations across all industries, sizes and sectors,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards.
“We congratulate ThinkCERCA for winning the Chicago Innovation Awards, and applaud their commitment to innovation,” said Dan Miller, fellow co-founder.
Joining ThinkCERCA will be other winners of the 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards, including: 640 Labs, alligatortek, Auctions By Cellular, Beltone, Caremerge, dough, Horizon Pharma, Keeper Security, KENTECH, LMK Technologies, LuminAID, Mattersight, Options Away, Packback, Pangea, Radio Flyer, Rippleshot, Rise Interactive, Shiftgig, Strata Decision Technology and Swingbyte.
“It’s a great honor to ring the Nasdaq bell, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the Chicago Innovation Awards for their recognition and inclusion as one of the most innovative technology companies,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, CEO of ThinkCERCA. “It’s great to be representing education technology as one of the most innovative fields in Chicago, and we’re excited to continue to give teachers the resources they need to prepare students for college and career.”
Designed by a team of leading educators and technology entrepreneurs, ThinkCERCA’s approach is supported by decades of research that proves a increased college and career readiness achievement through cross-curricular reading, writing, and debate. Through ThinkCERCA, students at all levels of readiness engage in reading, writing, and critical thinking with peers around real-world topics from the highest quality publications. The company’s subscription version is now used by 215 schools and 50,000 students in 25 states, and their free version reaches 17,000 classrooms serving 115,000 students across all 50 states and 112 countries.
To learn more about the Chicago Innovation Award winners, watch their video testimonials.
For more on the history and inspiration for the Chicago Innovation Awards, click here.
ThinkCERCA is a schoolwide online educational resource designed to prepare students for career and college by helping them build analytical reading and writing skills across subject matter. ThinkCERCA graduated from the inaugural class of the Impact Engine Accelerator in December 2012 and won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge in July 2013. To learn more, please visit www.ThinkCERCA.com.
The Chicago Innovation Awards, established in 2002, have grown from a single awards ceremony to a year-long series of events and activities designed to celebrate innovation in the Chicago region, educate people and organizations about the principles of innovation, and connect the corners of the economy by building relationships that strengthen companies, grow the economy and create jobs. The organization’s expansion has included formation of the Chicago Innovation Foundation, which promotes innovation education and provides scholarships to college students each year, as well as The Innovators Connection, which connects large companies with Chicago-based start-ups.
For more information, visit www.chicagoinnovationawards.com.