Funding the Hard-to-Fund | Vijen Patel, Founding Partner, The 81 Collection

Sep 22, 2022, 11:00 PM – Sep 23, 2022, 1:00 AM

Bond Collective, 20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 1000, Chicago, 60606

The 81 Collection is the Founders Fund for hard industries (Founders of Tide Cleaners, Grubhub, ShipBob, Industrious, Farmer's Fridge) based in the Midwest.

About this event

In this in-person fireside chat, Vijen will share his extraordinary journey that includes being co-founder and CEO of Tide Cleaners. The original company (named Pressbox) grew from zero to 1,200 locations in 5 years, becoming the largest dry cleaner in the world.  

Today, Vijen is General Partner at The 81 Collection, a Founders Fund for hard industries (Founders of Tide Cleaners, Grubhub, ShipBob, Industrious, Farmer's Fridge) based in the Midwest.

Where: Bond Collective, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL, 60606 (inside Civic Opera House building)

When: September 22nd, 6-8:00 pm CT

What Else: Community-Building, Beats, & Beer

What is Startup Grind: We're a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections, and inspire the startup journey ahead.

Check out what happened


  • Vijen Patel

    The 81 Collection

    General Partner



September 22 – 23, 2022
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


Connecting, Beats, Beer
Fireside Chat
More Connecting, More Beer


  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator

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