About Ignite




South loop




Tracy Powell  CEO and President

Tracy Powell is a Technology Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer and Investor a University of Iowa Graduate with a degree in Economics and 30 years of business experience.

Tracy invested the first part of his business career in investments working for investment firms such as Merrill lynch and First National Bank of Chicago and American Express. 

As  a real estate developer and investor with over 28 years of experience he specialized in urban real estate development,  Tracy has developed  100’s of units of affordable , market rate and elderly housing.  Tracy has spent a lifetime building and improving underserved communities throughout the country. Tracy has developed affordable housing in Woodlawn, Bronzeville and other communities throughout Chicago.

Tracy is founder of Blue Venture Partners a Software Development and IT consulting firm. The founder of Blue Fund Rewards which is a crowdfunding platform that focuses on raising capital for startup businesses and organizations located in underserved communities.

He also is the President of Ignite technology and Innovation a not for profit that focuses on creating technology co working spaces  and programming in under-resourced communities throughout the country. Blue Lacuna the main headquarters is located in Chicago’s Pilsen community with the second space Momentum Coffee and Coworking in the South Loop and Englewood community in Chicago.