Chicago Startups Got Game

Turns out startups can actually ball pretty hard. Just because we know how to A/B test, doesn’t mean we can’t make some 3 pointers! Case in point, Raise the Rim last Friday, January 4, 2014.

Presented by Startup Institute Chicago, the three on three, charity basketball tournament unites the local startup community around some healthy competition. It gives startup founders, employees, and advocates the opportunity to celebrate their shared interests of building innovative businesses while raising money for a good cause. Started in Boston in 2012, the idea of basketball for charity is catching on.

A big shout out to the teams who participated this year:


FarShore Partners


MobileX Labs

One North Interactive



Spring Rewards

Startup Leadership Program


VLinks Media

Everyone played some great basketball, but none greater than or very own students. (We hired refs, so we promise we weren’t playing favorites!) Congratulations to all Final Four teams: GiveForward, TempoDB, and Spring Rewards.


This year we raised $2,926 for Future Founders Foundation, and the giving doesn’t have to stop there! Factor75 is generously donating $1 for every meal you purchase with the promo code 'FUTUREFOUNDERS', to be matched by Startup Institute. Feeling hungry? Order some meals directly to work or home, and donate to charity at the same time.

A special thank you to these Chicago companies that sponsored the evening.

Congrats to our raffle winners:

  • Basketball signed by all participants (Manny Nelson)
  • 3 month LSF gym membership (Patrick Cuttica)
  • $100 Bucketfeet giftcard (Donovan Clark)
  • $100 Amazon giftcard (Tomás de’Medici)

For more event photos visit the Startup Institute Facebook page.

Interested in participating next year? Summer kickball tournament anyone? Let me know at

Love and basketball,