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Cocktails & Cannabis with Chef Mindy Segal

The Ups and Downs of the Tech World | Amanda Lannert CEO of Jellyvision

Why The Hiring Process is Broken | Noirefy Founder & CEO, Shaniqua Davis

How to Get Sh*t Done | A Conversation with Author & Co-Founder of Radical Candor Kim Scott

Summer Launch Party 2020!

How To Pitch Your Startup...AND not be socially tone deaf! #Virtual Workshop

How the last 90 days changed the venture world | Samara Hernandez, Chingona Ventures

Why Manufacturing is Ready for Disruption | Ryan Leavitt, Co-Founder & CEO of Pillar Booth

The Creators of the World's FIRST eCommerce Company | Thomas Parkinson of Peapod (VIRTUAL)

The Next Insurtech Unicorn | Kyle Nakatsuji, Co-Founder & CEO of Clearcover (VIRTUAL)

Duct Tape and Bubble Gum: Turning Your Product into Revenue (Our First Ever Workshop!)

A New Decade of Tech | Discussion with Jackie DiMonte of Hyde Park Venture Partners

Second Annual Chicago Startup Food (and Weed) Bash

Investing in Midwest Startups: Discussion with Investor Mike Asem, Partner at M25

How I Got Gary Busey to Wish Me Happy Birthday: Steven Galanis CEO of Cameo

Rapidly Scaling an Engineering Team and Culture: Livly CTO Francois Toubol

New Mom to Successful Entrepreneur: Monica Royer, Founder and CEO of Monica + Andy

The Story Behind The Nation's Largest Manufacturing Innovation Center: Bill Fienup mHUB Co-founder

Launch Party - Summer 2019!

Hustle Moms: Hear the Founding Stories from Chicago's Top Mompreneurs

The Secret Behind Simple Mill's Success with Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO

Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago: Greg Fenton, Co-Founder, RedShelf

Cannabis Craze: High Times for Startups Featuring Dr. Teddy Scott, Founder & CEO PharmaCann

Why Co-Founders Really Matter: Jeff Ellman, Co-Founder of Urbanbound, Hireology & Homescout Realty

The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash

Email marketing that doesn’t suck – Jason VandeBoom, Founder & CEO of ActiveCampaign

Scratching the Surface, Why Vinyl Record Sales are Booming – Dan Melnick, President of Reverb LP

Why this VC LOVES to invest in the Midwest – Jonathan Ellis, Founder of Sandalphon Capital

Healthcare: A new model for a broken system - Dr. Ari Levy Founder and CEO of SHIFT

Launch Party - Summer '18

Cryptocurrency: Fad or Investment Opportunity - Matthew Roszak Chairman & Co-Founder of Bloq

What it Takes for Women Founders to Raise Capital

"AR in the Real World" Featuring Tracey Wiedmeyer, Co-Founder, InContext Solutions

"WTF is Blockchain and Why Should I Care" Featuring Dan Novaes, Co-founder & CEO, Current

Dhruv Saxena, Co-Founder & CEO, ShipBob

Andrew Sieja, Founder, Relativity (fka kCura)

Holiday Bash Featuring Startup F*ckups

Juha Koponen, CEO & Co-founder, Swap.com

Adam Robinson, Co-founder and CEO of Hireology

Ujjwal Gupta, Co-founder & COO, BenchPrep

Shane Jones, Co-founder, Fooda

Launch Party - Summer 2017

Mark Achler (MATH Venture Partners)

Genevieve Thiers (SitterCity, New Founders)

Harry Gottlieb (Jellyvision)

Bill Burnett (LinkedIn)

Brad Weisberg (Snapsheet)

Jeff Carter (West Loop Ventures)

Jason Weingarten (Yello)

Ross Petersen (Blitsy)

Kayne Grau (DRIVIN)


Mark Lawrence (SpotHero)

Nin Desai (NIN Ventures)

Scott Wilson (MINIMAL, NIKE)

Raaja Nemani (Bucketfeet)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Mary Grove (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Thom Kozik (Marriott)

Ryan Kunkel (Red Frog Events)

Kristi Ross (dough, Inc)

Kent Nielsen (Fort Knox Studios)

Paul Lee (Lightbank, Roniin)

Jai Shekhawat (Fieldglass)

Bryan Johnson (Braintree & OS Fund)

Desiree Vargas Wrigley (GiveForward)

Mike McGee (The Starter League)

George Bousis (Raise)

Marc Kiven (Signal)

Al Goldstein (AvantCredit.com)

David Kalt (OptionsXpress & Reverb.com)

Charles Adler (Kickstarter)

Logan LaHive (Belly)

Shawn Riegsecker (Centro)

Andrew Geant (WyzAnt)

Talia Mashiach (Eved)

Jake Nickell (Threadless)

Chuck Templeton (OpenTable, Impact Engine)

Ethan Austin (GiveForward)

Rishi Shah (ContextMedia)

Hunter Hillenmeyer (OverDog)

Emerson Spartz (Spartz Inc.)

Genevieve Thiers (Sittercity)

Jeff Hyman (Retrofit)

Uzi Shmilovici (Base CRM)

Howard Tullman (Tribeca Flashpoint Academy)

Seyi Fabode (Power2Switch)

Justyn Howard (Sprout Social)

Jason Fried (Co-Founder and CEO 37signals)

Jeff Hoffman Serial Entrepreneur (Priceline.com, uBid.com, ColorJar)

Ross Kimbarovsky (Co-Founder of crowdSPRING)


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