"Imagine, Inspire, Invent"

Learn more about Alex Bandar, our keynote speaker

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Sharing Today's and Tomorrow's Innovations in Food Systems

Please join DAAHA  for our Evening with Innovators event on September 10th, 2020.  This virtual event will be held completely online and recognize agricultural and food systems innovation, with the goals of stimulating creativity and providing a platform for networking.   


Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Alex Bandar, founder of the Idea Foundry in Columbus, OH.  Established in 2008, the Idea Foundry connects creative individuals who want to bring original ideas to life.  Alex's innovative sharing community helps others connect with specialized tools and professional resources via his unique collaborative support network of professionals.


Following our keynote speaker, DAAHA is pleased to host a panel of innovators.  Panelists will discuss how innovation can boost our local economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development.  Our panelists for the evening include Alex Bandar as well as: 

  • Luke Sebby as Moderator, NIU Director of Innovation Partnership & Technology

  • Travis Linderman of Innovation DuPage

  • Dr. Rena Cotsones, Chief Engagement Officer & SAVP at NIU 

  • Cohen Barnes of SundogIT, Inc.

2020 Event Sponsors


Zenz Buildings

Norm & Barb Larson



Hueber Publishing, LLC


Egg Haven

Heartland Bank

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