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Diamonds from Coal: Tech Training in Rural and Urban America

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Gleacher Center, Room 621

450 Cityfront Plaza Dr

Chicago, IL 60611

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An economy less reliant on coal and manufacturing has left swaths of workers unemployed or underemployed in the Midwest and Appalachia. On November 13, learn how Kentucky tech start-up Interapt is retraining some of those displaced workers. Interapt, which was founded by Ankur Gopal, was featured on a recent episode of “The Daily Show.”

In this Social Impact Leadership Series cohosted by Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Gopal will discuss his company’s efforts to equip workers in declining industries with new skills. The company offers training in coding and other software programs as a way to retrain displaced workers and remove obstacles for tech companies interested in bringing jobs to the Midwest.

Interapt’s approach represents a new pathway to employment, which emphasizes a worker’s skills over traditional hiring requirements like college degrees and work history. According to the US Census Bureau, two-thirds of adults do not have a four-year college degree.


About the Polsky Center:

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation drives venture creation and technology commercialization within the University of Chicago and the surrounding community. Through education, partnerships, and new venture support, the Polsky Center advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and accelerates the commercialization of research. Learn more at Polsky.UChicago.edu.

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