Omar Duque has been president and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) since 2007. Under his direction, the IHCC partnered with Chicago tech hub 1871 to launch an incubator for Latinx technology startups.
Since opening in November 2016, 25 Latinx founders have completed the program and 14 founders are in the program’s third cohort.
“The IHCC has a long history of helping Hispanic businesses access the tools and resources they need to grow and succeed,” Duque said in a press release in 2016. “Our intention in moving to 1871, Chicago’s epicenter of technology and innovation, was to continue in that vein, create more opportunities to support our existing membership, and design programming specifically for Hispanic companies to flourish in the digital marketplace.”
The Chicago native, whose parents immigrated from Guatemala, earlier helped establish the nonprofit Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and its ENTERpreneur summer youth entrepreneurship program for Chicago-area high-school students.
Duque is a board member of the Loyola University Health System and Delta Dental of Illinois.
He began his career as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune and holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School.