Melissa Brito
Melissa Brito
Melissa Brito has a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has spent most of her career in the public sector, specializing in educational technology, communications and public information. Currently the community relations coordinator for a municipality in the northwest Chicago suburbs, Melissa lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.


Crowdfunding Site Benevolent Announces Expansion

Chicago-based nonprofit Benevolent announced plans for national expansion during a forum on innovation in philanthropy sponsored by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in September.  [Read More]

Launch KC Fueled By Google Fiber Project

Officials in Kansas City, MO took the wrapper off Launch KC, an economic development initiative designed to attract tech startups through an arsenal of offerings. Launch KC includes public and private support to create community-wide...  [Read More]

RareWire Pitching WIRE As New Standard For Mobile App Development

While RareWire’s initial success came from creating apps, their ultimate goal is coming to fruition later this year as they prepare to release WIRE as an open source platform.  [Read More]

NFL Players Look To Invest In Startups At Venture Draft In St. Louis

The first ever Venture Draft is being held at St. Louis University on August 10 and 11, in an event where “geeks and jocks unite”.   [Read More]

SpareFoot Storage Finder Disrupts Self-storage Industry

What started out as a college student’s quest to store his belongings for a summer without breaking the bank has flourished into a thriving online resource for self-storage searches.  [Read More]

Restricted Diet? Nommunity Can Help You Become A Foodie

Striving to make it easier for those with restricted diets find the food they eat, Dallas-based Nommunity is about to enter a rite of passage for early-stage startups: pitching to investors.  [Read More]

More Than Mentoring: Elgin Technology Center Promotes Local-Sourcing

If one man has his way, the next up-and coming-technology hub in the US will be based in Elgin, IL, a city 40 miles northwest of Chicago. Lasse Ingebretsen is a native of Norway, but...  [Read More]

Why Buy Stuff When You Can RentStuff?

The premise behind is simple enough: people who live near you probably have stuff you'd be likely to rent, and you might have stuff that you can   [Read More]