7th Annual Summer Launch Party & Pitch Battle

July 18, 2023 at 11:00 PM UTC – July 19, 2023 at 2:00 AM UTC

All startups who have launched, planning to launch, probably should launch, dream of launching, contemplating to launch, have friends who launched, wondering if they should launch, or wish they actually had a startup to launch are invited to THE 7th Annual Summer Launch Party & Pitch Battle.

In-person event
Pitch Battle

About this event

It's baaaaack! Startup Grind Chicago is proud to bring you the 7th annual Summer Launch Party, featuring THE most unique pitch competition you've ever seen.

This year we're partnering with the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and mHub. So come on out to mHub and celebrate yourself and your community for hustling, grinding, and doing the damn thing.

It's a night of great drinks, great community vibes, and the world's greatest pitch competition.

Here's how the pitch competition works:

  • We're selecting up to 8 startups to pitch on stage at mHUB for a shot at winning a $3k cash prize.
  • Everyone who attends gets handed $1,000 of fake money at the door.
  • Each startup gets 3 minutes to pitch with NO slides, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A from our judges panel.
  • After all the startups have pitched, the founders have 10 minutes to go into the crowd and try to secure YOUR 'investment'! You decide how you'd like to dole out your $1k of fake money. Whoever has 'raised' the most money after the 10-minute scramble is declared the winner!
  • The winning startup takes home a $3,000 equity-free REAL cash prize courtesy of Startup Hypeman's GOAT To Market Pitch Fund!

Meet our finalists selected to pitch:

  • Layer
  • Curiva
  • Call Emmy
  • Italic Type
  • Wave Therapeutics
  • Bettor Vision
  • Blue Guardian
  • Drip Tech


Who: Founders, Co-founders, Team Members & Startup Enthusiasts

What: 7th Annual SG Chicago Summer Launch Party

Where: mHUB 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

When: Tuesday, July 18th, 6-9:00 pm CDT

How? Get your ticket here!

Check out what happened


  • Hylton Irons

    Listen Ventures




July 18 – 19, 2023
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM UTC

Venue map


11:00 PMDoors Open & Community Networking
12:00 AMPitch Battle
1:00 AMThe Scramble
1:20 AMWinner Declared & After-Party


  • Rajiv Nathan

    Startup Hypeman



  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator