Wanted: Big Ideas

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's that time of year again when Oak Park and River Forest residents are invited to share their "big idea" for making the two communities a better place to live.

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation's Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy is soliciting big thinkers to submit their ideas for the chance to win $50,000 in seed money to get their idea off the ground.

The call for entries is open through Nov. 15, and those interested have two opportunities to meet with Entrepreneur Leaders to discuss their vision: Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library and Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the River Forest Public Library. Entrepreneur Leaders will give the finalists a chance to pitch their ideas at the Big Idea Pitch Party on Feb. 22, 2017 at Wire in Berwyn. 

The contest attracted 39 proposals last year. Last year's winner was Surplus Project, which is a collaboration between Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry and Rush Oak Park Hospital to redirect surplus cafeteria food to those in need.

 More information about the contest is available at www.oprfcf.org/entrepreneur-leaders.

Timothy Inklebarge

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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