Events

  • Chicago Founder Night Out - 2/16/2016 6:00:00 PM
    The Founder Night Out is a fun, social event where you can meet local entrepreneurs and technology CEOs, and share your business ideas and aspirations with like-minded peers. There will also be the local Founder Institute Director, Mentors, and Graduates in attendance. Join us for drinks and some startup networking!  The event will be held at one of Chicago's newest and innovative co-working spaces. Beer, wine, and pizza will be provided by MakeOffices. 
  • CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago - 2/16/2016 6:30:00 PM
    CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers, and interns and to build strong, core startup teams.
  • BNC Venture Capital Group - 2/2/2016 5:00:00 PM

    Three entrepreneurs make their pitch for capital.


    The BNC Venture Capital Group introduces exciting investment opportunities to professional investors (angels, early stage venture capitalists, and private equity firms seeking add-ons) and fosters the growth of entrepreneurial activity. 

    Len Bland and Loren Minkus of  Concept Equity  and David Carman, CEO of Business Network Chicago , lead the BNC Venture Capital Group. Each presentation lasts 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

  • VC Access - 2/3/2016 5:30:00 PM
    Join us for a casual evening with people in the biz - both entrepreneurs & investors.

    No selling or pitching please - just good old fashioned networking with good people, passed apps, and amazing drink specials!

  • Craft Your Own Winning Pitch - 2/4/2016 4:30:00 PM
    Whether it's your friends, colleagues, superiors, or a group of investors, we're all pitching something. Join Cliff Kennedy of Kennedy Speech Communications to advance your public speaking performance, while enjoying local Chicago craft beers and appetizers.
  • Polsky Founders' Stories - 2/10/2016 12:00:00 PM

    From Business School to Billion Dollar Unicorn in 4 Years: join us for a far-ranging conversation about modern money with SoFi's co-founder Dan Macklin on Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 – 1:00pm. Dan co-founded SoFi during his time at the Stanford GSB, while working for one of the world's largest banks.

    Dan will discuss how SoFi is transforming personal finance by combining technological efficiencies with strong customer relationships. By leveraging the efficiencies of technology, SoFi is able to provide instantaneous decisions and streamlined experiences to meet the demands of modern customers.  At the core of the business, however, is an idea that runs contrary to the efficiencies achieved through technologies: building life-long relationships with customers. As the company sets out to displace traditional lenders, its unique member benefits, such as Career Services and Entrepreneurship Program, are driving long-term loyalty and customer satisfaction. Come hear Dan's perspective on how SoFi is redefining financial services for consumers.

    Lunch will be provided along with some cool swag. See you soon!

    The Polsky Center Founders' Stories is a regular, off-the-record, discussion with a founder on how they got started, what some of their early struggles were and how they overcame them. We've found that these types of candid and personal accounts are largely fueled by Q&A so please come ready to ask questions. 

  • Walk The Plank: Pitch Training Workshop - 2/11/2016 1:00:00 PM

    If you’re an entrepreneur, sales professional or business owner, your pitch can mean everything.

    You’ve set sail with a purpose you believe in. You’re ready to walk the plank and take the plunge into the unknown sea below. Whether you’re pitching to potential investors or trying to gain new customers, how you swim in those shark infested waters depends on your ability to connect with your audience in a meaningful way.

    Are you telling your story with a simple, evocative and compelling message? Or are your hands bound by conventional wisdom telling you to play it safe?

    Aye matey, we have good news. Walk the Plank is a one-of-a-kind pitch workshop designed to give you all the tools you need to swim on to bigger and better adventures. 

  • MakeOffices Launch Party - 2/11/2016 6:00:00 PM

    You're invited to the Chicago launch party of MakeOffices - a leading national coworking company!

    With new locations in River North Point and The Loop, MakeOffices has become a go-to for flexible & affordable office space with a built-in professional community of inspiring and passionate members. 

    The MakeOffices launch party should be a lot of fun. It will feature bites from popular Chicago hotspots, craft cocktails and beer, entertainment, and great company.

  • Startup Advising Workshop: Building Your Team - 2/15/2016 3:35:00 PM

    As part of our efforts to help students start and grow companies, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center will continue a series of Startup Advising Workshops (SAW) this year.

    These workshops focus on addressing initial startup questions, and connecting students to the resources they need. The workshops are designed to be an important first step in working with the Center

  • Chicago Founders' Stories - 2/17/2016 6:00:00 PM

    Chicago Founders' Stories @1871 regularly features the most prominent and influential tech founders in Chicago. And next, the show's featured guest will be Brandon Cruz, co-founder and President of GoHealth.

    On Wednesday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., Brandon will participate in a taped panel discussion and Q+A. He'll share the story of how GoHealth got its start, plus his thoughts on being a part of the booming tech industry in Chicago.

    The event is free to attend, and all attendees will enjoy food and drink and networking with the best of the Chicago tech industry.

  • Bootstrappers Breakfast - 2/24/2016 8:00:00 AM

    Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast.  At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup.

    The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Space is limited — Please RSVP.


    Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own breakfast;

  • Funding Feeding Frenzy Angel Investor Preview - 2/25/2016 5:30:00 PM
    A chance to present your company in front of a panel of experienced investors.  For Entrepreneurs raising capital, having a great presentation for investors will multiply your chances of success. Getting the chance to present and get feedback in real time, is the best way to know what to do and how to do it, so that you become fund-able.
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