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 5th Annual Startup Grind Launch Party.
How it works...
The Startups. We will give 7-10 startup founders the virtual stage for 3-minutes so they can tell the world about the problem they solve, their solution, their secret sauce, the market opportunity, their traction, and their team. There will be investors, so be prepared to answer questions!
Want to pitch your startup? Submit your application here by Aug. 13: https://forms.gle/kNFhCh2GTxeyc4iw7
The Investors. We are lucky to have two impressive guest judges in Jackie DiMonte from Chicago Ventures, Nishad Parmar from LOUD Capital, and Mike Asem from M25 to give insights and feedback on each pitch. They will help founders understand what worked, what could be done better, and what it takes to land an investment from an investor like them.
Everyone Else. You play a huge role in this. You get to vote on the startup you liked the best and pick the winner.
The Winning Startup. The winning startup takes home a $2100 equity-free cash prize courtesy of the Startup Hypeman pitch fund, access to the Startup Grind Startup Membership Community, a free ticket to the Startup Grind 2022 Global Conference. We also have great prizes for the runners-up.
Who: Founders, Co-founders, Team Members & Startup Enthusiasts
What: Launch Party - Summer 2021
Where: From your couch, deck, the comfort of your own home, anywhere you have wifi!
When: Tuesday, August 31st, 6-8 pm CST
Want to LAUNCH your business? Submit your application here by Aug. 13: https://forms.gle/kNFhCh2GTxeyc4iw7
Senior Partner & Chief Investment Officer
As a partner at M25, Mike has participated in nearly 100 investments in early-stage companies across the Midwest, including ScriptDrop, where he is a board observer. M25 is a venture capital firm targeting early- stage, tech-enabled startups in the Midwest.
Outside of his responsibilities at M25, Mike is a board member at BLCK VC, leading initiatives in the Midwest to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors.
Prior to M25, Mike founded The Anvil, a co-working space and startup incubator on Purdue University's campus, where he helped launch the first Purdue startup to be accepted to Y Combinator. Mike was also the first employee at a nanotech startup, and is formerly a director at the Purdue Research Foundation, where he mentored companies, helped market unlicensed intellectual property, and created and implemented portfolio support strategies.
Mike earned his BA at Purdue University, where he was named the OnePurdue Scholar, a distinction given to the one student who has had the most positive influence on campus. He is also a board director at PicDiversity, a nonprofit that exists to provide teachers with media that mirrors the diversity of their students—inspiring and exposing them to careers and ambitions not typically associated with diverse individuals.
Mike lives in Chicago with his wife, Erikka. In his free time, he enjoys making wine, eating sushi, following Chicago sports, and traveling with his wife.