Emile Cambry Jr. is the founder and managing director of entrepreneurship at technology incubator BLUE1647.
Its mission is “to bring the South and West side of Chicago closer to technology, innovation and opportunity,” he told Blue Sky.
BLUE1647 opened an incubator in Englewood and launched its 1919 Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2015. Cambry is now working in St. Louis to expand Blue1647 there.
Cambry also founded Code Chicago, a 12-week mobile programming course, and is founder and CEO of 21st Century Youth Project, an educational program that prepares low-income middle and high school students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. He is co-founder and president of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival and previously taught microeconomics at North Park University.
Cambry received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University. He is a board member of DePaul University’s Social Enterprise Collaborative and sits on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Tech Diversity Council and the executive council of Ms. Tech.