Helping underserved entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies in the innovation economy
Startups Illustrated was founded by Tom Chikoore, the founder of the Techstars Accelerator's Risingstars Program. Tom has helped companies raise rounds of funding and gain acceptance into top-tier accelerators. He founded Startups Illustrated to specifically focus on empowering underserved communities to participate and succeed in the innovation economy.
Startups Illustrated partners with local economic development organizations, corporations, government and accelerators to deliver entrepreneurship training programs and boot camps that help underserved entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies in the innovation economy. The entrepreneur training and boot camp programs use a "learn by doing" structured curriculum that provides entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to build and grow businesses.
The Startups Illustrated team consists of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, business operations experts and economic development experts.