mHUB Five-Year Anniversary & Product Showcase

June 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM UTC – June 24, 2022 at 2:30 AM UTC

Join the Midwest hardtech innovation ecosystem for a day-long celebration of 50 product demos, 25 startup pitches, three panel discussions, a keynote from Charlie Bachtell, Founder, and CEO of Cresco Labs, and an afterparty reception with live entertainment.

In-person event

About this event

Ticket donation includes food and beverage, live entertainment, swag, and access to the full program outlined below.


1:00 PM | Check-in and Product Showcase Opens

2:00 PM | Opening Remarks

2:20 - 3:05 PM | Panel: Fostering Equitable and Sustainable Impact Through Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Nicole Wolter, President & CEO, HM Manufacturing Inc.


Jason Coleman, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Project SYNCERE

Darren Riley, CEO & Co-Founder, JustAir Solutions

Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

Jeannette P. Tamayo, J.D., Associate Vice President, Office of the Vice-President for Economic Development and Innovation, University of Illinois System

2:20 - 3:20 PM | Startup Pitches: Climate and Energy Technology

3:10 - 3:55 PM | Panel: Growing the HardTech Venture Community Around Humanity-Centered Technologies

Moderator: Kevin Willer, Partner, Chicago Ventures and Chair of the Board, mHUB


Joey Mak, Executive Director, Chicago: Blend

Corey Ryan, Managing Director & Partner, William Blair

Thru Shivakumar, CEO, and Co-Founder, cohesion

Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director, Illinois Ventures

3:20 - 4:20 PM | Startup Pitches: MedTech

4:20 - 5:20 PM | Startup Pitches: Smart Manufacturing

4:25 - 5:10 | Panel: Energy Infrastructure and Advanced Energy Storage to Drive the CleanTech Revolution

Moderator: Garry Cooper, CEO, and Co-Founder, Rheaply


Megan Clifford, Associate Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory

James E. Fritz, Senior Advisor & Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

Shashank Sane, EVP, Transmission, Invenergy

Carrie Zalewski, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

5:10 - 5:25 PM | Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Keynote: Charlie Bachtell, Founder, and CEO of Cresco Labs

Fireside conversation moderated by Michon Ellis, CEO, CLOUT

6:30 - 9:30 PM | Afterparty

Check out what happened


  • Charlie Bachtell

    Cresco Labs

    CEO & Co-Founder



June 23 – 24, 2022
6:00 PM – 2:30 AM UTC

Venue map


  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator