Innovare 500 Press Release

by | May 8, 2020 | Blog

Minority, LGBTQ+, and immigrant-led social enterprise makes an in-kind donation of half-a-million dollars toward social impact during COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago-based Innovare launches the #Innovare500 campaign and will donate $500,000 in free licenses to its software application Inno™ for education and nonprofit organizations

CHICAGO, April 1st, 2020 - Innovare - Social Innovation Partners announces it will donate half-a-million-dollars in goods and services to organizations in education and the nonprofit sector in the United States affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Chicago-based company, founded in 2017 by a diverse group of entrepreneurs, including CEO AJ DeLeon, President Nick Freeman, and Chief Product Officer Fernando DeLeon, and with satellite offices in New York City, Denver, and Dallas will select up to 30 organizations who will receive a free license to its all-in-one data, strategy and project management software application Inno™.

Similarly to many other startups in the United States, especially those in the education and social impact sectors, Innovare is facing uncertainty, but instead of laying off employees, the company plans to use its strong human capital resources and the technical capacity it currently has to promote its impact-focused mission to support public sector leadership via technology.

"It is during uncertain times that our commitment to social impact via entrepreneurship is strengthened. We know that by empowering public sector leaders with the tools they need to succeed in their roles, we will see a positive ripple effect on students and communities and a sustainable impact on our society, despite this pandemic."
- AJ DeLeon, CEO

A typical Inno™ license for schools starts at $7500/year while non-profit licenses start at $25,000/year. Innovare will use equity-focused criteria to select the organizations that will receive this in-kind donation up to a limit of $500,000. Applications can be submitted on the Innovare website starting April 1st, and more information and campaign announcements will be shared via all of Innovare's social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram using the hashtag #Innovare500.

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