Events

  • Founder Night Out - 9/9/2014 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. Meet the local Director as well as Mentors and Graduates. Join us for drinks and some startup networking! 

    Sponsors:

    DESIGNATION - Full-time, full-immersion, full-stack design bootcamp. Over 18 weeks, students learn digital design, front-end development and user experience (UX), and build their portfolios by working with live clients on real world projects.

    Early Growth Financial Services - Provides a complete suite of outsourced financial services, from high-level financial strategy to day-to-day accounting, taxes, and valuation.

    mLevel - Casual learning platform that represents a new paradigm in enterprise learning and skills mastery: fun and engaging games that can be played anytime, anywhere and from nearly any device.

  • Lessons from a serial entrepreneur you can use to succeed - 9/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

    The start up world is exploding in and around Chicago.  Technology start ups are numerous, as are all other types of product and service related start up efforts. Angel and venture funding has never been more prevelant.  Do you have an idea?  Have you already started work on a start up?  Thinking about joining a start up? 

    If so, the best way to: learn your next steps, best practices or to get your questions answered is by talking with those who have gone before you.  Jeff Weber, serial entrepreneur and author of From Idea to Exit: The Entrepreneurial Journey, will be your speaker to discuss the start up world.  Relating his experience and showing how you can leverage that knowledge.

    Weber is an active mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs.  As part of Silicon Valley's Founder Institute, Weber mentors a fresh class of entrepreneurs twice a year through an aggressive accelerator program.  Weber has: bootstrapped, been an investor, pitched for funding, competed in and judged start up competitions and is very active in the Chicago start up scene. 


  • Building Buzz for Organizations and How To Get It Right - 9/23/2014 6:00:00 PM

    This session includes four panelists representing small business & entrepreneurial organizations. They’ll answer questions about pitching, making connections, their social media strategies, the platforms best suited for their missions, what produced the best buzz, and attracted new members. A video of each organization will be played at the end. Entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the Q&A that follows.


    Speakers:
     - Jason Jacobsohn, Director of The Founder Institute Chicago Chapter.
     - Mike Cavanaugh, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Small Business Advocacy Council.
     - Shalom Klein, Founder of Jewish B2B Networking, Arevim Entrepreneurship Center, and The Career Institute, LLC.
     - Megan Wessels, Chicago Chapter President for the National Association of Professional Women.


    Moderator:
     La’Shon Anthony, owner of visuals4u, is a consultant, promoter, designer, and fundraiser. La’Shon is also a writer for several online sites, a public speaker, and mentor for small businesses & teens.



  • Back to School Fundraiser - 9/17/2014 5:30:00 PM
    The Future Founders Foundation plans to serve over 7,000 students in the coming school year (750 more than before), but we need your support to make it possible. Your tickets are 100% tax deductible and will go directly to helping inspire and empower youth across Chicago. Plus, every dollar you donate will be matched 100% to help further strengthen our programs.
  • Internet of All Things - 9/16/2014 5:30:00 PM
    We will begin the evening with a  presentation from Chuck Malone, VP of Marketing of Etherios.  Etherios is leading the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution by helping organizations connect products, people and processes. We are uniquely positioned as the only company providing a comprehensive connected solution encompassing advisory, wireless design and CRM services combined with Device Cloud, our award-winning platform-as-a-service.
  • Chicago Shakers and Stirrers - 9/9/2014 5:30:00 PM

    Make quality business connections, and mingle with top professionals.

    - Includes delicious appetizers. Cash bar.

    - The next day we'll email you the list of confirmed attendees to help you follow up with your new contacts.

    - Only those who sign up in advance online will receive the list of attendees.

  • Funding Feeding Frenzy - 9/17/2014 9:00:00 AM
    Similar to a cross between Shark Tank and The Apprentice, the Funding Feeding Frenzy is a day-long event is about getting all the resources you need to be a successful entrepreneur...Angel Funding, Micro Lenders, Venture Capital and Alternative Funding, Strategic Customers and Partnerships, Valuable Business Connections...all in a single day.
  • Intro to the Chicago Startup World - 9/9/2014 6:00:00 PM
    The panel will discuss the bustling Chicago startup community, covering everything from getting started to where to go.
  • Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Logan LaHive - 9/16/2014 6:00:00 PM



    Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. Featured guest is Logan LaHive, founder of Belly.




  • Techori Pitch - 9/30/2014 6:00:00 PM

    Technori Pitch is a monthly showcase of Chicago’s most innovative startups, pitching 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. The theme of this meeting is healthcare technology.
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