Announcing Junto II

We are thrilled to announce Junto II, the second cohort of companies to enroll in The Junto Institute:

Forte delivers IT staffing and solutions to enterprise clients through four offices worldwide, and also runs a school that teaches mobile development and quality assurance.  Founded in 2000, headquartered at TechNexus, and recently merged with an IT solutions company in the Chicago suburbs.

GetMaineLobster, the online brand of Black Point Seafood, is a purveyor and distributor of the finest Maine lobster and seafood. Founded in 2010, headquartered in Chicago with employees across the U.S., GetMaineLobster was selected for a 2013 national ad campaign by Chase Bank out of 4 million businesses.

Solid Interactive is a full-service software development firm specializing in web, mobile and television apps. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Elgin IL, with an office in Portland OR. Its own app, Paperwoven, was recently nominated for the Best Mobile App Awards.

Spikeball Inc. manufactures and sells Spikeball, an outdoor game that has rapidly become a new sport with certified tournaments and leagues. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Chicago with employees across the U.S., Spikeball is immensely popular on beaches and college campuses, and was featured on ESPN2 last year.

ThreadMeUp is a technology platform to design, order, ship, and crowdfund custom apparel. Founded in 2013, incubated at DePaul University, and headquartered in Chicago, its Movements product is carving out a niche in crowdsourced cause marketing.

During the 10-month program, founders and key employees of the companies in Junto II will participate in an intensive program that integrates: 

  1. leadership forums to increase emotional intelligence and leadership aptitude;
  2. monthly classes to improve their understanding of core management topics, as well as how to apply EI skills in the workplace;
  3. instructional office hours that help them solve business problems;
  4. deep mentoring for the CEO to become a better leader, and broad mentoring for the founding team to become better managers and operators.

We are grateful to the dozens of seasoned entrepreneurs, CEOs, and executives who will serve as Junto II mentors and instructors, as well as partners who host the program and sponsor the office hours. Their collective wisdom, generosity, and humanity are what help make the Junto program compelling and impactful.

The Junto Institute is a school that develops company founders into great leaders and smarter operators. Our first class of five companies, Junto I, graduated in December: Briteseed, Eclipse Telecom, Music Dealers, Tiesta Tea, and Weave the People.