• Finding a Co-Founder for Your Startup - 7/9/2014 5:30:00 PM
    The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies.  Join us in partnership with CoFounders Wanted Chicago for an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen.  Speaker is Founder Institute mentor Jeff Weber who is the founder of ZigaVite and co-founder and president of SnagPad. In addition, he is the author of From IDEA to Exit: The Entrepreneurial Journey, written for entrepreneurial dreamers and doers. Event sponsors are Microsoft and Early Growth Financial Services.

  • Founder Institute Information Session - 7/24/2014 5:30:00 PM
    The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Join us for a informational event where you can meet the local Director, mentors, and graduates to ask questions, and learn how you can launch a startup with the Founder Institute's help. What is it like to be in the Founder Institute? Who are some of the peers that you will be working with? Can the Institute help you build your dream company? Venue sponsor is Holland & Knight. The Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester is now accepting applications. For more information, go to
  • CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago - 7/22/2014 6:30:00 PM
    CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a free profile on
  • No Pressure Prospecting Workshop - 7/16/2014 9:00:00 AM
    This session teaches anyone with a business development role to break the fear that keeps them from prospecting and getting appointments.
  • How Mobile Startups Change Behavior - 7/9/2014 6:00:00 PM
    Join us for an evening of stories and actionable takeaways from experienced entrepreneurs who want to help you build your business!

    How far from you can your phone be found at any given moment? Like many—91% of adults in fact —our phones are often within arms reach 24 hours a day. Ten years ago this wasn’t the case. What changed? And what will continue to change? This month three speakers will tell you about how they’ve utilized mobile to change behavior OR how already changing behaviors have actually enabled their business.
  • Expand Your Connections: Building Your Network - 7/15/2014 7:00:00 PM
    Reframe your thinking about what networking is. Facilitated by: Greg Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing at Whiting Paper.
  • LinkedIn's Advanced Features - 7/31/2014 1:30:00 PM
    Learn the real power of this professional network and find out how LinkedIn's advanced features can expedite your job search. Presented by: Michael Yublosky, JEM Consulting.
  • 7 Ways to Drive Business to your Legal Practice Without Working More Hours - 7/24/2014 8:00:00 AM
    Join Steve Fretzin, author of the hit book SALES-FREE SELLING.  Come and learn the secrets to growing your book of business without selling, pitching or convincing.  Fretzin has helped hundreds of attorneys to double and even triple their books of business.
  • Make it BIG! Extreme Success - Charity Fund Raising Event - Frank McKinney - 7/10/2014 5:30:00 PM
    Join VentureSHOT and Frank McKinney to hear how to achieve Extreme Success, Grow Your Revenues and Truly Make It BIG! from a Successful Entrepreneur, whose company has generated over $400,000,000.00 in sales. The $20 Donation will go to building houses and helping the homeless through the Caring House Project Foundation in Haiti and the US.  Frank is coming to VentureSHOT, in Chicago, to personally help the entrepreneurs, investors and business owners create a more powerful, successful and enjoyable life. 
  • Summer School Workshop: Selling the Next Season - 7/30/2014 6:00:00 PM
     While some are focused only on producing sunny weddings and smoky BBQs, savvy caterers and restaurants are already turning their attention to the months ahead. If you don't act now, by the time the leaves turn, you'll be scrambling to fill the cold months ahead.

    At our Summer School Workshop, you will learn:

    - Why focusing only on summer business may burn your bottom line.
    - How to start squeezing in time for sales.
    - Which clients are the easiest and most profitable to target.  
    - What secret phrases get clients excited and ready to buy.

    This interactive seminar is designed for everyone responsible for catering sales, restaurant private dining, or hotel meetings and events. We know it's difficult to think about the cold months ahead, but the valuable skills we share are guaranteed to jump-start your sales, fill your calendar, and boost your revenue.
  • Technori Pitch - 7/29/2014 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. This month's theme is Education Technology.
  • Shakers and Stirrers Chicago - Business Networking Mixer - 7/29/2014 5:30:00 PM
    Make quality business connections and mingle with top professionals
  • Pitch Circus: A Startup Pitch Spectacle! - 7/21/2014 6:00:00 PM
    Pitch Circus is the startup event where everyone gets to join in! It's THE place for current and future entrepreneurs to perfect their elevator pitches, and to do so while having a knee-slapping good time. We'll tell you what's working and what to improve so you're ready to nail it when there's money on the line. And, of course, our events are a great place to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Startup Grind - 7/22/2014 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. This month features Shawn Riegsecker is the founder and CEO of Centro.
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