CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 — Impact Engine, one of the Midwest’s leading impact investors, is pleased to announce Roger Liew will be joining their venture fund as Operating Partner in 2018. Liew is a respected technology leader and current Impact Engine investor who will lend his deep technical and operating experience to support Impact Engine’s portfolio of early stage companies that create positive social or environmental impact.
Liew has a long history leading technical teams at multiple startup companies based in Chicago. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at ShopRunner. His tenure involved building a brand new company and technology leadership team and the relocation of headquarters to Chicago. Prior to ShopRunner, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Orbitz Worldwide. Liew joined Orbitz, LLC in 2000 as the startup’s vice president of technology. As the company’s fifth employee, he led the team that built the original technological infrastructure for the official launch of Orbitz.com in June 2001. He left Orbitz in 2004 to co-found G2 Switchworks, a startup in the travel technology space which was acquired by Travelport in 2008.
Roger says: “I’m excited to join Impact Engine to help our portfolio companies grow and maximize their impact. I’m inspired by strong purpose and passion of the talented entrepreneurs building successful impact startups.”
The addition of Liew to the Impact Engine team increases the team’s capacity to support a larger investment portfolio, and Liew will bring dedicated technical and operating support to current portfolio companies.
Jessica Droste Yagan, Impact Engine’s Managing Partner, is thrilled to welcome Roger to the team, saying “Roger will bring an exceptional and complementary background to work for Impact Engine. His experience building and growing technology companies will add more value to the companies we support.”
About Impact Engine
Impact Engine is a family of Chicago-based early stage venture funds investing in software companies driving improvements in education, economic empowerment, health and resource efficiency. Over the past five years, Impact Engine has cultivated a community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and advisors committed to investing for positive social and environmental impact.
Impact Engine currently has $10,700,000 under management across a venture fund raised in 2015–2016 and three accelerator funds raised in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Its current venture fund has invested in 19 for-profit impact companies, which includes 42% female and 26% non-white CEOs, with 58% of companies based in the middle of the country.
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