Antonio Rowry graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Business Administration and Management, where he focused his studies on new venture enterprise and organizational frameworks. As a member of Blueprint at DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, a structured program for DePaul students to launch and grow businesses and social ventures, Antonio went on to win the Illinois Technology Associations “50 for the Future” award, which recognizes students for their outstanding achievement as future participants in the technology industry. Since high-school, he has leveraged his talents by pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, cofounding the Edison award-winning 21st Century Youth Project, a program that teaches middle and high school students to create web and mobile apps, along with hardware and 3D-printing training; Code Chicago, which teaches beginners how to create web, gaming, and mobile applications; Code Blue USA, and is a the COO of BLUE|1647 — an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center in Chicago.
The 21st Century Youth Project was also featured in CNN, Chicago Crain Business, Silicon ANGLE, WBEZ Vocalo, received the first Illinois Broadband Innovation Grant, and won a Gold Medal at the Edison Awards in Education and Curriculum, voted on by over 3,000 executives and academics. Antonio's background and experiences have provided unique insights in education, organization management and entrepreneurship, but his interests and knowledge-base spans a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.
With a passion for building organizations that make the world a better place, Antonio's mission is to enhance the diversity of thought in tech and entrepreneurship.