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Chicago Startups

The April Meetup will be hosted by Morning star with presentations by mobile startups.

If your business or organization would like to be the food and soft drinks sponsor, contact tkrecu(@)

This will be the lineup:

• 6pm-6:30pm registration and networking 

• 6:30pm-6:45pm Balu Kadiyala, Founder of SchoolRush

• 6:45pm-7pm Andrew McNealy, Founder and CEO of Wavve

• 7pm-7:15pm Zack Price, ListSwipe

• 7:15pm-7:30pm Mike LaVitola, co-founder and CEO of Foxtrot

• 7:30pm-8pm Q&A and networking


 Balu Kadiyala, Founder of SchoolRush

A veteran information technology professional who served in executive positions at Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Freddie Mac and Sears before venturing on his own with Mobile Apps. In the past year, he created and launched SchoolRush, BrainAttack App and The platforms he launched are a culmination of his fascination with and experiences in internet and mobile technology.
SchoolRush AppWith SchoolRush – are innovating the way schools communicate with parents via a new mobile App platform. 

Why SchoolRush?  I’m the working father of two girls (7 & 5).  Staying informed and organized with school activities was starting to get overwhelming for me and my wife.  Here are the problems I saw:
The school newsletter and website was the main means of communication to parents.Parents are busy and have a challenge keeping up and staying informed about their kids activities at school.Parents are increasingly relying on smart phones and mobile apps to organize their lives.Schools challenged with keeping information up-to-date on their website.Our platform allows schools to publish calendar of events, staff and student directories, and create notifications to parents’ smart phones. The App is secured VIA login and personalized to the parent. The App only shows relevant information about their children.

Andrew McNealy, Founder and CEO of Wavve

 Prior to Wavve, he ran Sales and Operations in the Midwest for a venture-backed startup out of Denver called Wayin. Before joining Wayin, Andrew spent several years selling high-end analytics software for Greenplum, which was acquired by EMC. Andrew graduated from Miami University with a  B.S. in Marketing.

Wavve is a mobile dating application designed to bring people together in social settings. Traditional dating apps and services like Match/Tinder have done a great job solving for the ‘where’ in online dating (i.e. show me single people in Chicago). What they have failed to address is the ‘when’ (i.e. show me single people in Chicago, now). Wavve solves for the ‘when’ by providing a real-time and venue-based dating app. 

Zack Price, ListSwipe

Zack Price is a serial entrepreneur from Cleveland, OH. He's been starting businesses since age 10, including a few Startups-to-Exits. Zack resides in Chicago, IL where he starts companies inside the entrepreneurial playground, 1871. Visit Zack’s personal websitet to learn more:

ListSwipe is a classified ads app with the simplicity of a ‘Hot or Not’ format that also shows if you have mutual friends with the person who created the ad.  Select your category and then get served up classified ads, one at a time.  Swipe left if you’re not interested in the ad, Swipe Right to chat directly with the poster or bookmark it for later.  Never give out your email or phone number, just use our app for messaging. Using location services you can choose how far of a radius to search for ads, from 1 mile to 99 miles away, and you can see exactly how far each ad is from your current location. 

Mike LaVitola, co-founder and CEO of Foxtrot

Foxtrot is a mobile app that curates an amazing menu of wine, beer, spirits, fresh foods and other essentials items, and delivers them to the customer’s door in under an hour.  More than simply “fast grocery delivery”, we feature rotating menus and exciting curators to bring the best of the city to our customer’s doorstep.  We launched in Lincoln Park last fall, and have seen tremendous growth and traction since then.  We have since expanded to River North, Old Town and Lakeview, garnered over 1,000 customers and are planning a revamped app and much larger expansion in the coming months.  I’ve attached the latest version of our deck in case you are interested in learning more.

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  • Todor K.

    What did you think of the Mobile Monday Chicago Meetup on startups?

    April 24, 2014

  • Geoffrey B.

    A couple of the start-ups were well though out; very informative, especially the school related app

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Todor K.

      We may try to do a followup with these start ups in about 6 months to see how they are doing.

      April 24, 2014

  • Faisal M.

    It was great to learn from the experiences that our local entrepreneurs faced during their journey of concept to reality.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Todor K.

      We are glad you enjoyed it.

      April 24, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    We should do this a couple of times per year!

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Todor K.

      I will see if we can put another one together in 6 months.

      April 24, 2014

  • Jim L.

    Going to be out of town for this one.

    April 14, 2014

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