TechForward supports and provides programs and initiatives that attract, grow and retain world-class and diverse technology talent in Illinois. As the philanthropic arm of the Illinois Technology Association, our mission is to build the next generation of industry leaders.
TechForward brings together individuals, corporations and other foundations to make strategic investments in organizations that are committed to expanding STEM education. We support diamonds in the rough - innovative organizations that, with help from us and our network, may then be ready to achieve their mission and in doing so further cement Illinois as an outstanding home for technology professionals and companies alike.
We connect programs, networks and resources.
The organizations we back.
The reach we bring through the Chicago tech community.
Consultative and pro-bono support.
What We Do
Partnerships & Support
We provide support to organizations that provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to increasing interest in and pursuit of STEM careers, particularly those that serve diverse populations.
We also facilitate collaborations among like-minded organizations and establish links that allow the local tech ecosystem to more efficiently and more comprehensively serve Chicago’s underrepresented individuals.
Through our programs and initiatives, we offer scholarships to individuals pursuing STEM degrees.
Education & Awareness
We work to increase interest and awareness in STEM careers by connecting corporations, nonprofits, students and underrepresented populations together to advance the industry.