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Monday, November 4
 

8:30am

Coffee + Networking Provided by Salesforce (1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212)
Speakers
avatar for Jacob Royce

Jacob Royce

Product Marketing, Salesforce
avatar for Rick Schwerdtfeger

Rick Schwerdtfeger

Program Director, Nation Science Foundation's Seed Fund
avatar for Brad Schnitzer

Brad Schnitzer

Program Manager, Chicago, Techstars

Sponsors

Monday November 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212

9:00am

9:30am

10:00am

10:30am

11:00am

Startup Tips for Achieving Sustainable Growth: Fireside Chat with Farmer's Fridge CTO, Candice Savino (1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212)
Now that you're on the path to growth, how do you implement strategies for long-term success? During this fireside chat, we'll cover topics such as:
  • How to attract, enable, and retain top talent
  • How to define and protect your company culture
  • How to create processes that can scale with your company
  • And more!
Join us as we share the best ways to build structure across teams to help you drive efficiency, attract top talent, foster great culture, and turn your company into a growth powerhouse.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Lotzer

Robert Lotzer

Regional Manager, Sales, Salesforce
avatar for Candice Savino

Candice Savino

CTO, Farmer's Fridge


Monday November 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212

11:30am

12:00pm

5:30pm

Technology and Craft Brews (District Brew Yards 417 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622)
Speakers
avatar for Josh Goodman

Josh Goodman

CEO/Founder, PourMyBeer
avatar for Dan Schedler

Dan Schedler

Founder/Brewer, Around the Bend Beer Co.
avatar for Jerome Stontz

Jerome Stontz

Owner/Head Brewer, Bold Dog Beer Company
avatar for Steve Soble

Steve Soble

Co-Founder, Burnt City Brewing & District Brew Yards


Monday November 4, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
District Brew Yards 417 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

6:00pm

 
Tuesday, November 5
 

9:00am

9:30am

Founder's Story - Co-Founder of Lemont Quarries, Jeremie Bacon (1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212)
Jeremie will discuss how he, along with Chris Gladwin, launched Lemont Quarries. Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is a 300-acre outdoor playground and soon-to-be home of the tallest and largest aerial adventure course in North America. The park opens Summer 2020 at the Lemont Quarries property in Lemont, IL, just 22-miles from downtown Chicago. Lemont Quarries is the brainchild of two Chicago-tech entrepreneurs, Chris Gladwin and Jeremie Bacon – close friends who share a passion for outdoor recreation. The adventure park is being developed as a public-private partnership between The Village of Lemont, Lemont Township, and The Forge, the company behind The Lemont Quarries Adventure Park.

From ropes courses, ziplines and rock-climbing towers, to flatwater paddling, running, mountain biking, and hiking trails, our parks seek to provide a community-focused, authentic outdoor experience for urban and suburban audiences. www.lemontquarries.com

You can read more about Lemont Quarries in this recent Crain's story

Speakers
avatar for Jeremie Bacon

Jeremie Bacon

Co-Founder, Lemont Quarries


Tuesday November 5, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212

10:00am

10:30am

National Science Foundation Workshop - Invention to Impact: Practical Fundraising Tips from America's Seed Fund (1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212)
America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards more than $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact.

Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.1 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit seedfund.nsf.gov.The National Science Foundation

Join us for an informative workshop by Rick Schwerdtfeger, Program Director of NSF's Seed Fund, to explore how your company can benefit from the NSF network and funding opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Schwerdtfeger

Rick Schwerdtfeger

Program Director, Nation Science Foundation's Seed Fund


Tuesday November 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
1871 Auditorium 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212

11:00am

11:30am

1:00pm

Office Hours - National Science Foundation (must register for a time slot in description)
Limited Capacity full

For attendees who would like to connect with Rick directly to discuss possible NSF funding for your company, please sign up below.

America's Seed Fund Private 1:1 office hours: https://calendly.com/chicagostartupweek/15min



If all of the slots are filled and you would still like to connect with Rick, please find a volunteer tomorrow and let them know.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Schwerdtfeger

Rick Schwerdtfeger

Program Director, Nation Science Foundation's Seed Fund


Tuesday November 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Techstars Chicago (1871) 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

5:00pm

Ending The "Tale of Two Cities" - Entrepreneurship on Chicago's South and West Side (Lewis Tower Regents Hall 111 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director, Techstars Chicago
avatar for Jada McLean

Jada McLean

Founder/CEO, Hurry Home
avatar for Scott Issen

Scott Issen

CEO & President, Future Founders
avatar for Tonya Trice

Tonya Trice

Executive Director, South Shore Chamber of Commerce


5:30pm

The Midwest Working Together (Lewis Tower Regents Hall 111 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director, Techstars Chicago
avatar for Eric Weissmann

Eric Weissmann

Vice President, Cintrifuse
avatar for Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

VP, Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
avatar for Matt Cordio

Matt Cordio

Co-founder and President, Startup Wisconsin & 5 LAKES
avatar for Jim Dallke

Jim Dallke

Senior Editor, American Inno


6:00pm

#Givefirst - Social Impact Panel & Awards led by Billionaire Philanthropist and Founder of Paylocity, Steve Sarowitz (Lewis Tower Regents Hall 111 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611)
Limited Capacity filling up

The session was made possible by Chicago's own Humanity Rising.

Humanity Rising brings socially conscious individuals and organizations together to inspire, empower and reward students for making a difference in their communities. Please visit https://humanityrising.org if you'd like to get involved!

Speakers
avatar for Richard Kincaid

Richard Kincaid

Founder/CEO, Sagegreenlife
avatar for Robert Blackwell Jr.

Robert Blackwell Jr.

CEO, Killerspin & EKI Digital
avatar for Steve Sarowitz

Steve Sarowitz

CEO, Founder & Chairman of Paylocity and Blue Marble Payroll
avatar for William Robinson

William Robinson

Market Leader - Technology Banking, Bridge Bank
avatar for Logan LaHive

Logan LaHive

Former Managing Director of Techstars Chicago & Founder of Belly
avatar for Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Founder/CEO, Pearachute
avatar for Debbie Ferruzzi

Debbie Ferruzzi

Founder/CEO, Humanity Rising



 
Thursday, November 7
 

9:00am

9:30am

9:30am

10:00am

10:30am

11:00am

11:30am

Early-Stage Growth Session with Mike Rome and Sean Johnson (mHub 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Speakers
avatar for Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson

Partner & Professor, Founder Equity & Northwestern University
avatar for Mike Rome

Mike Rome

Chief Marketing Officer, EatStreet


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
mHub Chicago 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

12:00pm

 
Friday, November 8
 

9:00am

9:30am

10:00am

Founder's Story - CEO of FanFood, Carson Goodale (mHub 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Speakers
avatar for Carson Goodale

Carson Goodale

CEO / Co-Founder, FanFood
avatar for Brian Kopp

Brian Kopp

Partner & Group CEO, Phoenix Sports Partners


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
mHub Chicago 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

10:30am

11:00am

11:30am

12:00pm

Why Startups Fail (mHub 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Speakers
avatar for Tony Wilkins

Tony Wilkins

Partner, Standing Oaks Venture Partners
avatar for Kal Patel

Kal Patel

Managing Partner & Co-Founder AdYapper, Black Belt Ventures


Friday November 8, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
mHub Chicago 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

5:30pm

5:45pm