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Starts:31-Jul-14 8:09 p.m. GMT

Ends:28-Aug-14 11:59 p.m. GMT


Award 1: $200, was awarded to Lightless


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Creative brief

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What does your company do?

The Future Founders Foundation is a non-profit organization that inspires youth in Chicago to explore entrepreneurship. We leverage effective practices in positive youth development and workforce development, along with entrepreneurship education.

• We connect young people with mentors and role models through opportunities with business professionals and entrepreneurs.
• We give youth opportunities to learn through access to a formal curriculum and apply their skills using experiential and project based learning experiences.
• We provide exposure to career options and build knowledge about what is needed for particular careers, including becoming an entrepreneur.

Since 2005, our programs have served 22,500 students from 2nd through 12th grades. This year, we are serving over 7,000 students at 50 schools across Chicago. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

We are repositioning the organization and want to rename our programs. For this project, please create a name for one of the following three programs. Indicate which program you think it would identify. If we like your name, we might also purchase one or two additional names and offer additional funds.

Brief descriptions of our three programs follow:

1) An entrepreneurial skills workshop program that develops professionalism and grows the entrepreneurial spirit in students grades 8-10 (ages 13-15). Topics include teamwork, financial literacy, technology, and marketing.

2) A mentorship program where students grades 10-12 (ages 15-18) create business plans and later pitch them in competition.

3) An entrepreneurial development program that connects college/university students with the local business and entrepreneurial community. We help students build skills to become or work for entrepreneurs.

Do you require that a .COM or other URL be available for the new name?

I will accept a .com with an acceptable variation on the exact name

What is your industry?

Education and Universities

Describe your customers

The students we serve are intellectually curious, creative, engaged and forward-thinking. However, as young people, they also want to be cool. We want our students to not only be proud of representing our programs, but also excited to talk about them to their friends.

Our volunteers are philanthropic professionals from all walks of life and include entrepreneurs, consultants, and corporate executives. We want our program names to be the spark that ignites impassioned conversations with other business professionals about our work, their work, and how together we can work to help others around us.

Our sponsors and partners are businesses from around the globe, large and small, new and old. We want our programs to appeal to their innovative nature and engage them intellectually.

What 3 things do you want your company name to communicate to your customers?

1) We want our program names to communicate what each program does for students.
2) We want our program names to interest volunteers.
3) We want our program names to be well integrated with entrepreneurship.

List the names of your top three competitors

Junior Achievement operates in similar ways to our organization.

What character, tenor, or spirit do you wish to convey?

Entrepreneurship, technology, passion, excitement, the future, forward-thinking, creativity

Are there specific words or phrases you do not like?

Grow, rise, move, go, do

Are there specific words or phrases you like?

Accelerate, ignite, spark, empower, launch, encore, compass, arrow

Do you have other info you want to share?

Please visit for more information.

Brief updates

By scottissen on 1-Aug-14 11:15 a.m. GMT
We want the name of the program to fit with the words "Future Founders" before it. So the program name would be Future Founders (something).
By scottissen on 1-Aug-14 11:17 a.m. GMT
In addition, we need to use real words. We're working with kids and don't want to spell existing words incorrectly or make up new words. We also don't need to see if a domain is available...the programs will be part of our website.
By scottissen on 6-Aug-14 6:03 p.m. GMT
Hello everyone,

Thanks for your continued ideas. A few things to note:

1) Please visit our website to learn more about our organization. There have been a number of entries that indicate a complete lack of understanding of our work.

2) We are not looking for a website. We already have an existing website. Please do not submit a website name.

3) Please avoid using the word "Spark," as it is the name of another non-profit that does similar work.
By scottissen on 7-Aug-14 9:55 p.m. GMT
Hello everyone!

Please keep the names coming! We've extended our deadline until August 13.

By scottissen on 11-Aug-14 4:20 p.m. GMT
Hello again, everyone!

Thanks for the new entries. We want to reiterate that WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR DOMAIN NAMES. We have a website and we DO NOT need a new domain name. Please do not create program names simply to fit into a .com name.

Future Founders Foundation
By scottissen on 25-Aug-14 2:11 p.m. GMT
Hi everyone,

Thanks for the new entries on our re-opened project. Remember to try and keep the names SHORT! We are very excited with some of the work you all are doing!

The Future Founders Foundation
By scottissen on 20-Oct-14 5:11 p.m. GMT
Thanks everyone for your entries. After lots of deliberation and a large delay (all apologies!), we've chosen our winner. Thanks again so much for your time and consideration.

-Future Founders Foundation