Horace Flournoy

Associate Director, Personalization

Rise Interactive

Wave 10: February 2016- July 2016
Strategy 7: Support emerging and mature sectors
Initiative: ChicagoNEXT

Entrepreneurship is Horace Flournoy’s true passion. He has spent the last 3 years managing teams, envisioning and managing mobile and web application development projects and advising other entrepreneurs and startups. He has successfully raised seed round financing for 3 different startups, including Coder[EXP], Cloud Monet, and Hip Hop Emoji.

Horace holds a B.S in Computer Science from Illinois Wesleyan University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012, where he double majored in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. He is a registered Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He embraces creativity, competition and a continuous discovery of unique business models. He enjoys playing basketball, boxing, occasionally some golf, outdoor activities, and traveling. He is also an active mentor through the 100 Black Men of Chicago and Year Up Chicago organizations. Horace obtained his EAGLE SCOUT rank through the Boy Scouts of America in 1999.