Events

  • Greater Chicago Networking Extravganza - 4/30/2014 5:30:00 PM
    The 12th Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza presents The Complete Networking Experience

    Start and end the evening with open networking. In between, you’ll enhance your networking knowledge as you hear from Lillian Bjorseth, co-host and nationally renowned face-to-face authority. You’ll want to take even more notes when you welcome a panel of online networking experts including Bethany Hartley, director of marketing for Chicago's Women's Business Development Center, which has helped more than 70,000 women in the last 28 years, and representing nonprofits.

    Also on the panel is Jeff Willinger, director of collaboration, social business and intranets of Rightpoint, one of Chicago's top community builders who leverages online tools to build relationships and find clients. Rounding out the panel is Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape, the leading innovator in the water gardening market. Greg encourages all employees to engage with customers daily on social platforms.

    Jim Treleaven, Ph.D., a multi-time CEO, an advisor to CEOs and adjunct facility member, will be the professional facilitator. Jason Jacobsohn, co-host and master connecter, will tie it together for you, sharing how both processes are vital to enhancing your image and bottom line success.

    Online networking panel:

    - Jim Treleaven, president & CEO of Via Strategy Group, LLC (moderator)
    - Bethany Hartley, marketing director of Women's Business Development Center
    - Jeff Willinger, director of collaboration, social business and intranets, Rightpoint
    - Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape

    Sponsors include:

    - Metropolitan Club
    - Sandler Training
    - World Ventures
    - Paychex
  • BNC Venture Capital Group - 4/1/2014 5:00:00 PM
    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, CEO of Concept Equity and Midwest Renaissance Fund, 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.
  • Angel Investor Showcase - 4/3/2014 5:30:00 PM
    A chance to present your company in front of a panel of experienced investors.

    - Get great feedback about whether YOU'RE FUND-ABLE now...

    - Find out exactly what you will need to do for your company to be FUND-ABLE to professional Angel Investors, VC's and High Net Worth Individuals.

    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
  • Chicago Speed Coaching Event - 4/7/2014 7:00:00 PM
    Are you a food, beverage or hospitality small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice? We can help!

    Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream  and Accion are excited to host another Speed Coaching event in Chicago presented by the City of Chicago!

    The event will kick off with a networking reception at 7:00. During the reception you will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to your business
  • The 2014 Exchange - 4/2/2014 2:00:00 PM
    The Chicagoland Chamber’s annual Exchange is the largest networking opportunity of the year for Chicago area businesses, drawing over 1,000 attendees including entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives and business community partners. The event features four deep-dive learning sessions on fueling your business growth with dinner and drinks throughout the evening. Sessions include Access to Capital, Technology Trends to Watch, International & Emerging Markets, and Business Development.
  • CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago - 4/22/2014 6:30:00 PM
    Have you tasted a startup or want to start your own business? Maybe you’re a serial entrepreneur, a skilled developer or marketer looking to go out on your own, or corporate life simply isn’t for you?

    CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago is an extension of CoFoundersLab.com, a FREE online matchmaking platform.

    These in-person events complement the online platform by bringing together entrepreneurs looking for co-founders with those people looking to join someone else's startup as a core team member.

    We'll bring together co-founders, advisers & interns. Hopefully you’ll find your perfect partner to get your business off the ground or to take it to the next level.
  • Open Doors Party Chicago - 4/10/2014 6:00:00 PM
    A party for everyone and anyone who has attended, is attending, taught at, partnered with, or wants to learn more about Startup Institute. We invite you and your guests to join us for drinks, snacks, and good people.
  • Expand Your Connections – Building Your Network - 4/8/2014 7:00:00 PM
    The best strategy for building relationships is helping others solve their problems. Reframe your thinking about what networking is. Facilitated by: Marc Silver, partner, Barnes & Thronburg LLP
  • Crain's CEO Insights Breakfast - 4/9/2014 7:30:00 AM
    Hear the personal account of how James Reynolds took Loop Capital from start-up to one of the largest investment banks in the country.
  • Executives' Club of Chicago Leadership Circle Program - 4/24/2014 5:00:00 PM
    Hear how this panel of entrepreneurs harnesses support to build successful companies.
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