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July 18, 2019

Launch Party - Summer 2019!

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All startups who have launched, planning to launch, probably should launch, dreaming of launching, contemplating to launch, wondering if they should launch, wishing they actually had a startup to launch are invited to THE 3rd Annual Startup Grind Launch Party.

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Aug. 22, 2019

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

SG Fireside Chat

Come hear Bill's story of how he started and built up mHUB – the nation's largest and fastest-growing innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing.

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Sept. 26, 2019

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

SG Fireside Chat

After the birth of her daughter, new mom Monica Royer wanted to know the clothing touching her daughter’s skin came from the most trustworthy fabrics available. When she couldn’t easily find those products, she decided to make them herself. Her experience advising with her brother, Andy Dunn, Founder of Bonobos, combined with her passion for fashion and dresses inspired her to build Monica + Andy.

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Past Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash

The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash

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

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

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

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

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

Launch Party - Summer '18

Launch Party - Summer '18

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

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

What it Takes for Women Founders to Raise Capital

What it Takes for Women Founders to Raise Capital

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

"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

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

Dhruv Saxena, Co-Founder & CEO, ShipBob

Dhruv Saxena, Co-Founder & CEO, ShipBob

Andrew Sieja, Founder, Relativity (fka kCura)

Andrew Sieja, Founder, Relativity (fka kCura)

Holiday Bash Featuring Startup F*ckups

Holiday Bash Featuring Startup F*ckups

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

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

Adam Robinson, Co-founder and CEO of Hireology

Adam Robinson, Co-founder and CEO of Hireology

Ujjwal Gupta, Co-founder & COO, BenchPrep

Ujjwal Gupta, Co-founder & COO, BenchPrep

Shane Jones, Co-founder, Fooda

Shane Jones, Co-founder, Fooda

Launch Party - Summer 2017

Launch Party - Summer 2017

Mark Achler (MATH Venture Partners)

Mark Achler (MATH Venture Partners)

Genevieve Thiers (SitterCity, New Founders)

Genevieve Thiers (SitterCity, New Founders)

Harry Gottlieb (Jellyvision)

Harry Gottlieb (Jellyvision)

Bill Burnett (LinkedIn)

Bill Burnett (LinkedIn)

Brad Weisberg (Snapsheet)

Brad Weisberg (Snapsheet)

Jeff Carter (West Loop Ventures)

Jeff Carter (West Loop Ventures)

Jason Weingarten (Yello)

Jason Weingarten (Yello)

Ross Petersen (Blitsy)

Ross Petersen (Blitsy)

Kayne Grau (DRIVIN)

Kayne Grau (DRIVIN)

AC HOTELS UNPACKED (AN EVENING WITH SANDY ABRAMS)

AC HOTELS UNPACKED (AN EVENING WITH SANDY ABRAMS)

Mark Lawrence (SpotHero)

Mark Lawrence (SpotHero)

Nin Desai (NIN Ventures)

Nin Desai (NIN Ventures)

Scott Wilson (MINIMAL, NIKE)

Scott Wilson (MINIMAL, NIKE)

Raaja Nemani (Bucketfeet)

Raaja Nemani (Bucketfeet)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Global Conference + AC Hotels (Free Live Streaming)

Mary Grove (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Mary Grove (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Thom Kozik (Marriott)

Thom Kozik (Marriott)

Ryan Kunkel (Red Frog Events)

Ryan Kunkel (Red Frog Events)

Kristi Ross (dough, Inc)

Kristi Ross (dough, Inc)

Kent Nielsen (Fort Knox Studios)

Kent Nielsen (Fort Knox Studios)

Paul Lee (Lightbank, Roniin)

Paul Lee (Lightbank, Roniin)

Jai Shekhawat (Fieldglass)

Jai Shekhawat (Fieldglass)

Bryan Johnson (Braintree & OS Fund)

Bryan Johnson (Braintree & OS Fund)

Desiree Vargas Wrigley (GiveForward)

Desiree Vargas Wrigley (GiveForward)

Mike McGee (The Starter League)

Mike McGee (The Starter League)

George Bousis (Raise)

George Bousis (Raise)

Marc Kiven (Signal)

Marc Kiven (Signal)

Al Goldstein (AvantCredit.com)

Al Goldstein (AvantCredit.com)

David Kalt (OptionsXpress & Reverb.com)

David Kalt (OptionsXpress & Reverb.com)

Charles Adler (Kickstarter)

Charles Adler (Kickstarter)

Logan LaHive (Belly)

Logan LaHive (Belly)

Shawn Riegsecker (Centro)

Shawn Riegsecker (Centro)

Andrew Geant (WyzAnt)

Andrew Geant (WyzAnt)

Talia Mashiach (Eved)

Talia Mashiach (Eved)

Jake Nickell (Threadless)

Jake Nickell (Threadless)

Chuck Templeton (OpenTable, Impact Engine)

Chuck Templeton (OpenTable, Impact Engine)

Ethan Austin (GiveForward)

Ethan Austin (GiveForward)

Rishi Shah (ContextMedia)

Rishi Shah (ContextMedia)

Hunter Hillenmeyer (OverDog)

Hunter Hillenmeyer (OverDog)

Emerson Spartz (Spartz Inc.)

Emerson Spartz (Spartz Inc.)

Genevieve Thiers (Sittercity)

Genevieve Thiers (Sittercity)

Jeff Hyman (Retrofit)

Jeff Hyman (Retrofit)

Uzi Shmilovici (Base CRM)

Uzi Shmilovici (Base CRM)

Howard Tullman (Tribeca Flashpoint Academy)

Howard Tullman (Tribeca Flashpoint Academy)

Seyi Fabode (Power2Switch)

Seyi Fabode (Power2Switch)

Justyn Howard (Sprout Social)

Justyn Howard (Sprout Social)

Jason Fried (Co-Founder and CEO 37signals)

Jason Fried (Co-Founder and CEO 37signals)

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

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

Ross Kimbarovsky (Co-Founder of crowdSPRING)

Ross Kimbarovsky (Co-Founder of crowdSPRING)

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Organizers

Tom Denison

Tom Denison

SmartHealth Activator

Chicago Director
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Aaron Levy

Aaron Levy

Raise The Bar

Chicago Co-Director
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Madeline Ulivieri

Madeline Ulivieri

Startup Grind

Co-Director
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