• Chicago Founder Night Out - Entrepreneur Networking, Drinks, & Fun! - May 5 - 5/5/2015 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!

    Who Should Attend the Founder Night Out?
     - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company.
     - Anyone interested in meeting local Founders & CEOs

  • Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza - 5/14/2015 5:30:00 PM

    Relationships are crucial to finding customers, partners, advisors, capital and peers with whom to share the journey. The 13th version of the GCNE will focus on how to leverage relationships to start, build and grow a company. And along with the way you'll learn how to increase brand awareness, sales and career success through the art and science of networking.

    You'll start and end the evening with open networking. In between, you'll hear from Lillian Bjorseth, co-host and nationally renowned face-to-face networking authority, who will share the importance of a relationship-building plan to help you network strategically and systematically to meet the right people.

    A panel of successful entrepreneurs will share the vital role that relationships played and continue to in the growth of their businesses and individual well-being.  Moderator is Jason Jacobsohn event co-host and veteran panel moderator for the entrepreneurial and technology communities.

    - Gary Rabine, Founder & CEO, Rabine Group
    - Genevieve Thiers, Founder, Sittercity
    - Thaddeus Wong, Co-Founder, @properties
    - Jason Jacobsohn, Director, Founder Institute (moderator)

  • Sell More Or Pitch For Funding:Persuasive Presentations - 5/4/2015 9:00:00 AM
    A presentation can be a powerful tool if you need to persuade prospects, clients or investors to consider your project positively.  With a persuasive presentation, you are clearly in charge.  You stand while they sit.  You control the sequence and flow of information.  However, if you are uptight, nervous or drench your slides with text/words, you will seriously undermine your message
  • Blue Sky: How to Hire Innovators - 5/4/2015 6:00:00 PM
    Turn your office into a talent magnet. Every new product needs innovative thinkers to refine it, exceptional salespeople to sell it and organized managers to keep the wheels moving. Join Blue Sky Innovation editor Andrea Hanis, Fred Cook, CEO of global public relations agency Golin and author of “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO,” and Amanda Lannert, CEO of Chicago-based software company Jellyvision, for a discussion about how they attract the brightest talent to their businesses.
  • Alternative Sources of Financing - 5/6/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Consider which of the following financial partnerships work best for you and your business venture. Learn more about Crowd Funding, Micro-Lending, Alternative Lending, Factoring and Traditional Lending. We will discuss our programs and services and which works best for your businesses' growth.
  • Venture Connects: VC Access - for Entrepreneurs & Investors - 5/6/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Join us at Highline Bar + Lounge in River North, 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!

    This month's VC Access is presented by the University Technology Park at IIT.
  • Build, Maintain, Grow - 5/6/2015 6:00:00 PM
    Three of Chicago's most successful tech companies, Enova International, Braintree, and Sprout Social, are coming together to launch a new event series for tech and business professionals looking to discover new technology-driven solutions and further their careers. Build, Maintain, Grow will offer first-hand knowledge, key takeaways and lessons learned from companies at various growth stages.
    The unique format of the quick, five-minute presentations from six speakers means you can expect high-quality, concise and powerful insights that you can apply to your own projects. 
  • #Codefident- Tech For Entrepreneurs: Where To Start - 5/6/2015 6:00:00 PM
    The first event, Tech For Entrepreneurs: Where To Start, kicks off on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 6 pm. Belly HQ (600 W Chicago Ave) is our meeting spot for a night of networking, learning and fun brought to you by Ms. Tech and Belly. You bring your brain, questions and a friend, and we'll supply the drinks, food & education!
  • Tales From the Tank and Beyond - 5/13/2015 7:45:00 AM
    Hear past contestants from ABC's Shark Tank pitch their business and tell their tales from the tank, followed by a moderated discussion with Andrew Figgins, owner and content director of
  • Launch DePaul 2015 - 5/5/2015 6:00:00 PM
    Please join us on Tuesday, May 5, 6-9pm as the six final teams of our Launch DePaul New Venture Competition will pitch their business ideas in a Shark Tank-style competition at the Launch DePaul 2015 Awards Event.

  • 6 Steps to Building your Business Empire: From Start Up to Growth to Expansion - 5/11/2015 3:30:00 PM
    WBDC invites you to a powerful and inspiring presentation with CEO Mentor, Allison Maslan, a multi- million dollar ten-time entrepreneur and author of the number one best seller book, Blast Off! 

    Recently named "One of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire" by Self Made Magazine, Allison will share the proven roadmap, steps and strategies necessary to shift from growing your company to creating your business empire. 

    So get ready to lead your business to a business empire! 
  • Brew Your Skill & Network: Problem Solving - 5/12/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Network amongst professionals while you advance your core business skills.  This session allows business owners, executives, and associates to learn/refresh every day business skills while networking with other professionals. Get it right!  Many times business owners, executives, or associates try to solve problems and/or challenges within the business, but they are confused to why their solution didn’t end the way they thought.  In fact, the solution doesn’t always solve the problem.  In this session we will discuss why this happens, how to avoid, and how to truly dig deep into your issues, so that you solve the RIGHT problem with the RIGHT solution. 
  • Expand Your Connections: Building Your Network - 5/12/2015 7:00:00 PM
    Reframe your thinking about what networking is. Facilitated by: Brent White, former client development director at InsightsNow.
  • How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign - 5/21/2015 6:30:00 PM
    This workshop will uncover how crowdfunding campaigns can help test your marketing strategies, gauge market demand and mitigate your risk, earn you extra promotion, provide data capturing opportunities and impart real-world learning experiences--all before you even launch a new project, product or business.
  • Networking with a Purpose: Engaging Others - 5/21/2015 10:15:00 AM
    David Rubin, owner of Suited to You Fine Men’s Clothing, will focus on how to decide where to go, what you want to achieve, what to say and how to engage in conversations.
  • Ask an Adviser: Get All Your Small-Business Questions Answered in One Night - 5/28/2015 5:30:00 PM
    This event will provide you direct access to five small-business advisers in the areas of accounting, financial planning, insurance, legal, and loans and funding. Attendees will receive consultation specific to their individual business needs, in addition to learning valuable tips and best practices for running a small business.
  • Technori - 5/26/2015 6:00:00 PM
    Technori is a monthly showcase of Chicago’s most innovative startups, showcasing their latest technologies. Each month, 500 impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and tech enthusiasts gather to watch Chicago's most innovative startups launch and present their newest products and services. May's theme is retail / ecommerce.
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