Grow Forward



Jim Murphy is the Chairman & President of Grow Forward. Jim serves as chairman for numerous businesses, and is a founder and longtime supporter of several nonprofits. Jim is passionate about the intersection of health, food, agriculture, renewal energy and education, and has extensive experience in these industries.

A passion for business growth and synergies

Grow Forward was founded based on Jim's passion for launching and accelerating businesses. Jim has decades of experience raising investment capital and helping founders launch and propel their business forward. Jim's served in several leadership posts at the Chicago Board Options Exchange for his 25 year tenure.

A belief in supporting communities

Jim founded the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (DMSF) in 1989 to enrich the lives of Chicago youth. DMSF provides high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. DMSF seeks to make a life-altering difference in the lives of its scholars by providing them with the best opportunity to succeed in high school and college. To date, DMSF has awarded more than 2,200 scholarships. 100% of scholars who graduate high school gain acceptance to a four-year college or university.

Jim was founding president for the Chicago International Charter School in 1997, which now serves more than 8,000 students across 14 campuses.

Jim also serves as alumnus and Director for the Chick Evans Scholarship program, which