The Ladder is a mentoring program that connects Black and Latine innovators with community and resources for career acceleration. Learn more about The Ladder and Chicago Innovation at: https://chicagoinnovation.com/programs/the-ladder-2/.

If you have additional questions, please email lauraj@chicagoinnovation.com.

The deadline to apply is the end of day Friday, November 11. This cohort will run from January - June 2023. We recommend that Mentors and Mentees connect for 8-10 hours of one-on-one mentoring over the course of 6 months. Mentees also have access to monthly cohort events, as well as many Chicago Innovation and i.c. stars events across the year.

This application is free. If accepted into the program, there is a $300 enrollment fee.


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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. Pronouns

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* 4. Please use this section to describe your race and ethnicity. The Ladder is a program for Black and Latine innovators. This information will also help us track demographics across programs internally.

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* 5. Preferred Email Address

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* 6. Preferred Phone Number

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* 7. Job Title

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* 8. Company Name

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* 9. Personal Website/LinkedIn/Twitter

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