“CCC’s mission is unique in that we are giving any residual profits to leading Chicago-centric non-profit organizations”
– Tom Cumbo, Chief Financial Officer


ChickTech is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to increasing the participation of girls and women in STEM while creating a culture of inclusion for all. ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of girls pursuing technology-based careers.

ChickTech Chicago’s High School program is a free, hands-on program created to show high school girls that engineering can be fun and exciting! We’ve created a comprehensive year-long program introducing high school girls to technology, the great things you can create with it, and related careers. ChickTech High School is three-pronged, including a yearlong series of workshops, a one-on-one mentoring program, and an internship program in the summer.

ChickTech Chicago’s Careers program provides hands-on career and tech programs in Chicago for women in tech and women interested in changing careers to a STEM field. The flagship ChickTech Careers event is ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Women in Tech), a two-day conference in Chicago each October.


Formed in 1998, Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization and social enterprise that prepares young adults for technology careers and community leadership. Using project-based learning and full-immersion teaching, i.c.stars has trained more than 360 individuals in Chicago, and places 90 percent of qualified graduates in jobs. Participants see their annual earnings increase by an average of 400 percent as a result of the program. In 2016, i.c.stars launched an affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, and created Enterprise Next, a lean startup incubator to jumpstart alumni businesses. Learn more at: