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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors.

The monthly events are open to anyone interested or involved in startups and there are no annual or membership fees.

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Upcoming events (3)

Cannabis Craze: High Times for Startups Featuring Dr. Teddy Scott, Founder & CEO

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-cannabis-craze-high-times-for-startups-featuring-dr-teddy-scott-founder-ceo-pharmacann/ UPDATE: PharmaCann just sold for $682 million making it one of the biggest in the history of the cannabis industry! Come hear Teddy Scott share his story. Don't miss out! MUSICAL GUEST: Enjoy live music by Nikki Lynette – whose self-produced tunes have been featured in popular shows on MTV, Fox, Hulu and more. Who: Dr. Teddy Scott, Founder & CEO PharmaCann What: Cannabis Craze: High Times for Startups Musical Guest: Nikki Lynette Where: Novel Coworking, 318 W Adams, Floor 17 When: March 21st from 6-8:30 pm What Else: Beats, Eats & Treats Provided Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 115 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 provides 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. Agenda 6:00 PM: Connecting, Food & Beer 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speakers Dr. Teddy Scott - PharmaCann In 2015, Dr. Scott founded PharmaCann – one of the country’s largest vertically integrated cannabis companies, providing safe & reliable cannabis products to improve people’s lives. Under his vision and leadership, PharmaCann has raised over $185M in capital and grown to over 275 full-time employees leading the institutionalization and acceptance of medical cannabis as a part of healthcare. Nikki Lynette - Artist (Music) Nikki Lynette is an indie artist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. Her self-produced tunes have been featured in popular shows on MTV, Fox, Hulu, and more and have garnered digital and print features for publications like Billboard, Bust, and Vibe. Peter Jaysin - HALSTD (Founder) Peter Jaysin has been working in the entertainment and music industry for the past 10 years. His career started in the film business, working on re-enactment segments for A&E and The History Channel. After some hard work, Peter became the casting director for the hit series “Gangland” which gave him the confidence to start a new venture in film that led him to connecting the music industry. Hosts Tom Denison - SmartHealth Activator (Co-founder & President) Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. He has engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Tom is the Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator. SmartHealth is discovering and activating extraordinary biotechnology being developed at Midwest Universities that solve mankind's greatest health problems. Aaron Levy - Raise the Bar (Founder & CEO) Aaron has this crazy vision of a workplace where your manager is your coach– she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. Aaron is setting out to help companies intentionally create an environment where this happens daily. It starts with transforming the manager role and empowering managers with the tools, skills, and training to be better leaders of people. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partners Founder Institute (https://fi.co/join/startupgrindchicago) The Founder Institute, the world's premier pre-seed accelerator, is proud to offer the best applicants from the Startup Grind Chicago community with a fellowship to our Chicago Spring 2019 program. Through this offer, anyone in the community can apply to the Founder Institute for free and the best overall applicant for the Chicago Spring 2019 program will receive a fellowship to participate in the world-renowned startup launch program for free ($1099 USD value). Novel Coworking (https://novelcoworking.com/) At Novel Coworking, we offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office. The Practice Central (https://www.thepracticecentral.com/) The Practice Central is a Midwestern Chicago branch of The Practice Worldwide, an award-winning innovative global music production, and publishing company headquartered in New York City specializing in custom music creation, distribution and licensing for film, television, advertising, artists and brands. With over 50 years of combined musical production experience, The Practice is able to provide the most efficient and high-end product for your project regardless of budget or time constraints. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-cannabis-craze-high-times-for-startups-featuring-dr-teddy-scott-founder-ceo-pharmacann/

Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago: Greg Fenton, Co-Founder, RedShelf

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-head-of-the-class-edtech-booming-in-chicago-greg-fenton-co-founder-redshelf/ Greg Fenton is co-founder and CEO of RedShelf, a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic and far less expensive digital content. Who: Greg Fenton Co-Founder of Redshelf What: Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago Where: Novel Coworking, 318 West Adams Street, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL When: April 18th, 6:00-8:30 PM What Else: Beats, Eats & Treats Provided Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 120 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 provides 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. Agenda 6:00 PM: Connecting, Food & Beer 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speaker Greg Fenton - RedShelf (CEO) Greg Fenton is co-founder and CEO of RedShelf, a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic and far less expensive digital content. Hosts Tom Denison - SmartHealth Activator (Co-founder & President) Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. He has engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Tom is the Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator. SmartHealth is discovering and activating extraordinary biotechnology being developed at Midwest Universities that solve mankind's greatest health problems. Aaron Levy - Raise the Bar (Founder & CEO) Aaron has this crazy vision of a workplace where your manager is your coach– she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. Aaron is setting out to help companies intentionally create an environment where this happens daily. It starts with transforming the manager role and empowering managers with the tools, skills, and training to be better leaders of people. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem (http://www.oracle.com/startup/scaleup.html) In the global marketplace, one size does not fit all. That is especially true for today’s vibrant, diverse and competitive startup ecosystem. Oracle is reimagining enterprise and startup relationships through true partnerships that foster collaboration and codevelopment while inspiring global innovation. Oracle’s mission is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships that enable next-generation growth, business development, and drive cloud-based innovation for startups throughout all stages of growth. The Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem works with startups at various stages from founders in university-affiliated incubators to early stage to scaleups. Partner Novel Coworking (https://novelcoworking.com/) At Novel Coworking, we offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-head-of-the-class-edtech-booming-in-chicago-greg-fenton-co-founder-redshelf/

Crackers & Baking Mixes: The Secret Behind Simple Mill's Success with Katlin Smi

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-crackers-baking-mixes-the-secret-behind-simple-mills-success-with-katlin-smith-founder-ceo/ As the Founder of Simple Mills, Katlin is at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand. Who: Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO of Simple Mills What: Crackers & Baking Mixes: The Secret Behind Simple Mill's Success Where: TBD When: May 16th from 6-8:30 pm What Else: Beats, Eats & Treats Provided Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 115 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 provides 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. Agenda 6:00 PM: Connecting, Food & Beer 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speaker Katlin Smith - Simple Mills (Founder & CEO) As the Founder of Simple Mills, Katlin is at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand. Hosted By Tom Denison, Chicago Director Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with hundreds of startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an incubator for biotech startups activating extraordinary biotechnology to solve mankind's greatest health challenges. Aaron Levy, Chicago Co-Director I have this crazy vision of a workplace where your manager is your coach– she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. I founded Raise The Bar to help companies be intentional about their leaders. We empower managers with the four essential habits to be better leaders of people. Madeline Ulivieri, Co-Director Madeline runs Marketing and Social Media for Twisted Alchemy, a cold-pressed juice company that replaces on-premise juicing. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partner mHUB (https://mhubchicago.com/) mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. We’re an innovation hub for physical product development and manufacturing with a diverse membership of over 300 entrepreneurs focused on developing breakthrough products in IoT connected device, consumer products, medical device and more. mHUB’s mission is to galvanize the manufacturing ecosystem of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to drive collaborative product innovation. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-crackers-baking-mixes-the-secret-behind-simple-mills-success-with-katlin-smith-founder-ceo/

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