• The Story Behind The Nation's Largest Manufacturing Innovation Center: Bill Fien

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-the-story-behind-the-nations-largest-manufacturing-innovation-center-bill-fienup-mhub-co-founder/ Come hear Bill's story of how he started and built mHUB into the nation's largest and fastest-growing innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. Where: mHUB 965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car) When: August 22, 6:00-8:30 PM What Else: Beats, Eats & Treats Provided What is Startup Grind? Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.  We host monthly events in more than 600 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 Bill Fienup - mHUB (Co Founder and Director of Innovation Services) Bill Fienup, is the co-founder and director of innovation services at mHUB. He has a BS and MS of mechanical engineering from MIT, and has been developing products and launching startups for the past 15 years. 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. Sponsors Amplify HR Management (http://amplifyhrm.com/) Amplify HR Management specializes in helping small business with all things HR. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to develop competitive benefit programs and implement payroll and HR management solutions. Our goal is to help you minimize risk, save time & money, and to grow your business. 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 or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind. --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-the-story-behind-the-nations-largest-manufacturing-innovation-center-bill-fienup-mhub-co-founder/

  • Launch Party - Summer 2019!

    mHUB

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-launch-party-summer-2019/ All startups who have launched, planning to launch, probably should launch, dreaming of launching, contemplating to launch, wondering if they should launch, wishing they actually had a startup to launch are invited to THE 3rd Annual Startup Grind Launch Party. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– How it works... The Startups. We will give 7-10 startup founders the mic for 3-minutes so they can tell the world about the problem they solve, their solution, their secret sauce, the market opportunity, their traction, and their team. There will be investors, so be prepared to answer questions! Want to be a presenting startup? Email your deck to [masked] The Investors. In the room, we will have 2-3 special guest judges there to give insights and feedback on each pitch. They will help founders understand what worked, what could be done better and what it takes to land an investment from an investor like them. Everyone Else. You play a huge role in this. You get to vote on the startup you liked the best and pick the winner. The Winning Startup. Not only does the winner earn street cred and pride from winning Startup Grind's 2019 Summer Launch, but they will also win some great tools to help their business. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Who: Founders, Co-founders, Team Members & Startup Enthusiasts What: Launch Party - Summer 2019 Where: mHUB - 965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car) When: Thursday, July 18th, 6-8:30 pm ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Want to LAUNCH your business? Email your deck to [masked] (deadline passed) Agenda 6:00 PM: Connecting, Food & Beer 6:30 PM: Startup Pitches 7:30 PM: Voting 8:00 PM: Announce the Winner --- Speakers Nathan Cooper - Cooper Ventures (Investor) Nate is an experienced operator, investor, and advisor in the food/CPG world. He is the founder of L3 Hospitality Group (LYFE Kitchen), Wise Apple, and now is sitting on the other side of the table as an investor. He is a graduate of Kellogg and an alumnus of the Zell fellows program. Melissa Kaufman - The Garage at Northwestern (Executive Director) Melissa is a former Googler, startup veteran, and entrepreneur with a decade of experience at consumer technologies companies in Silicon Valley. Melissa received her BA in computer science from Dartmouth College. Graham Peck - Cultivation Capital (Venture Partner) Graham Peck is an angel and venture capital investor, entrepreneur, and operator. He is a Venture Partner with Cultivation Capital which invests in Seed and Series A Stage Software Technology Companies and the founding partner of a roll-up group which is actively pursuing acquisitions of several custom software technology development services companies. 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 serves as the Community Manager of the Americas and Co-Director of the Chicago chapter. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Startup Downunder: South Australian Entrepreneur Visa (http://bit.ly/2IhEdA8) South Australia is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs—and your big, bright, bold idea could get you there. Bring your startup Down Under with the new visa for seed-stage entrepreneurs. If you have an innovative idea backed by a project proposal in industries including: Space & Defence; Health & Medical Technology; Media & Film; Food, Wine & Agtech; Robotics; Cyber Security, Big Data & Blockchain, you can start your company in one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world. Sponsorss American Heart Association: Empowered to Serve (https://www.empoweredtoserve.org/) The American Heart Association is launching the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator™, a grant-based initiative to identify innovative, clearly-defined urban business solutions to drive community change to improve health and well-being. The goal of this initiative is to increase healthy living behaviors, enhance the chain of survival and cultivate community transformation. 4 Point Consulting (http://www.4pointconsulting.com/) 4 Point Consulting is a Chicago & Denver based HR & talent consulting firm that specializes in startups and high-growth companies. Ranging from help startups with their first hire or how to run payroll to how to double in size or implement performance management, we're your partner to work with. Our model is also more startup-friendly without sacrificing quality; our professionals are all billed out by the hour, making invoices much more palatable compared to a big agency. 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-launch-party-summer-2019/

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  • Hustle Moms: Hear the Founding Stories from Chicago's Top Mompreneurs

    Moxee Restaurant & Mad Mouse Brewery

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-hustle-moms-hear-the-founding-stories-from-chicagos-top-mompreneurs/ In this special event, you'll get to meet prominent Mompreneurs sharing their founding stories! Who: Parmita Katkar, Youtube sensation and former Miss India Asia Pacific ZhaZha Casanova, CEO of Studio G Kimberly Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder of Curlmix Ariel DeNey Rainey, CEO of Hustle Mommies What: Hustle Moms: Hear the Founding Stories from Chicago's Top Mompreneurs Where: The Bureau Bar and Restaurant, 724 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607 When: June 27th from 6-8:30 pm Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 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 7:00 PM: Fireside Chat 8:00 PM: More Connecting --- Speakers Ariel DeNey Rainey - Hustle Mommies (Founder & CEO) Ariel DeNey Rainey is the CEO and Founder of the Hustle Mommies nonprofit organization where she is developing the movement to service urban moms by providing resources for them to become leaders in their homes and their communities. ZhaZha Casanova - Studio G (Founder & CEO) Kimberly Lewis - CurlMix (co-founder & CEO) Kimberly Lewis is the co-founder of CurlMix, a clean beauty brand for curly hair seen. In addition to being her Shark Tank appearance, Kimberly has taken CurlMix to over a million dollars in just one year! Parmita Katkar - former Miss India Asia Pacific Parmita Katkar has a prominent online presence on Youtube and across Social media, as a lifestyle influencer! Her YouTube channel “Blush With Me- Parmita” has over 700,000 followers in 2 years. 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 serves as the Community Manager of the Americas and Co-Director of the Chicago chapter. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Startup Downunder: South Australian Entrepreneur Visa (http://bit.ly/2IhEdA8) South Australia is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs—and your big, bright, bold idea could get you there. Bring your startup Down Under with the new visa for seed-stage entrepreneurs. If you have an innovative idea backed by a project proposal in industries including: Space & Defence; Health & Medical Technology; Media & Film; Food, Wine & Agtech; Robotics; Cyber Security, Big Data & Blockchain, you can start your company in one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world. --- 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-hustle-moms-hear-the-founding-stories-from-chicagos-top-mompreneurs/

  • The Secret Behind Simple Mill's Success with Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-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: Industrious - Fulton Market 171 N Aberdeen St., Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois, 60607 When: May 16th from 6-8:30 pm What Else: Eats & Treats Provided Musical Guest & Live Performance: Murad, an Armenian-American recording artist currently working on her debut album slated for summer 2019 release. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 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 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. Musical Guest Murad - Jaabu Music Group Murad is an Armenian-American recording artist currently working on her debut album with Jaabu Music Group which is slated for summer 2019 release. 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 Industrious (https://www.industriousoffice.com/startup-grind/?utm_source=partnership&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=chicagostartupgrind) Industrious, the largest premium flexible workspace provider in the U.S., pairs thoughtfully-designed spaces with hospitality-driven services and amenities to offer scalable workplace solutions for companies of all sizes and stages. 6 Chicago locations: Fulton Market, River North, Gold Coast, West Loop, Wicker Park, Evanston. --- 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-the-secret-behind-simple-mills-success-with-katlin-smith-founder-ceo/

  • 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/ Who: Greg Fenton Co-Founder of Redshelf What: Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago Where: MakeOffices - 343 W. Wolf Point Plaza #9000N (Go to the front desk to check-in, use code "startup grind" for entry). 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. Partner MakeOffices (https://makeoffices.com/locations/chicago/) MakeOffices is a flexible, professional, turnkey workspace with all-inclusive amenities such fast WiFi, coffee & beer, 24/7 access, events and organic networking opportunities to make connections and meet customers. It's everything you need to grow your business! --- 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/

  • 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/

  • Why Co-Founders Really Matter: Jeff Ellman, Co-Founder of Urbanbound, Hireology

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-why-co-founders-really-matter-jeff-ellman-co-founder-of-urbanbound-hireology-homescout-realty/ Jeff has dedicated his 20-year career to helping people through life's transitions. As the Co-Founder of Hireology, Homescout Realty, and UrbanBound he’s helped thousands of people find employment, housing and even relocate across the globe. Jeff's latest company, Urbanbound is a web-based application built to simplify one of life's biggest transitions, moving to a new city. Who: Jeff Ellman, Co-Founder of Urbanbound, Hireology & Homescout Realty What: Why Co-Founders Really Matter: Jeff Ellman, Co-Founder of Urbanbound, Hireology & Homescout Realty Where: mHUB - 965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car) When: February 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 --- Speaker Jeff Ellman - UrbanBound (Co-Founder) As the Co-Founder of Hireology, Homescout Realty, and UrbanBound, Jeff has dedicated Jeff has dedicated his 20-year career to helping people through life's transitions helping thousands of people find employment, housing and even relocate across the globe. Jeff's latest company, Urbanbound is a web-based application built to simplify one of life's biggest transitions, moving to a new city. 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. 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. Partners 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. 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). --- 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-why-co-founders-really-matter-jeff-ellman-co-founder-of-urbanbound-hireology-homescout-realty/

  • The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-the-first-annual-chicago-startup-food-bash Chicago is quietly growing as a city for Food Startups. With big exits like RXBAR and newcomers like Kitchfix and Simple Mills, the city is pumping out some special food startups. The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash explores what it takes to build a food startup by interviewing 3 prominent founders in the Chicago Food Startup scene: Matt Matros, Co-Founder of LIMITLESS Coffee & Tea and PROTEIN BAR David Rabie, Co-Founder & CEO of Tovala Luke Saunders, Founder & CEO of Farmer's Fridge Not only will you get to learn from these founders, but you'll also get the opportunity to taste some of Chicago's best food. We will be featuring food booths from Chicago's tastiest startups! Come and enjoy a night of learning, connecting and eating some great food! Who: Founders, Co-founders, Startup Enthusiasts and anyone who loves food! What: Chicago's Startup Food Bash Where: mHUB - 965 West Chicago When: Wednesday, December 12th, 6-8:30 pm Agenda 6:00 pm: Connecting, Food & Beer 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speakers David Rabie - Tovala (Co-Founder & CEO) David Rabie is the driving force behind Tovala, a revolutionary in-home cooking solution that combines a smart oven and fresh meal delivery service to make home cooking completely effortless. Tovala’s mission is to make it easier for people to eat well. Rabie has taken the company a business school idea to a fast growing company with Tovala ovens and meals in thousands of homes across the U.S. Luke Saunders - Farmer's Fridge (Founder & CEO) Luke Saunders is the founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, a rapidly growing network of 200+ automated smart Fridges stocked with chef-curated, restaurant-quality salads, sandwiches, bowls and snacks. Matt Matros - LIMITLESS Coffee & Tea (Co-Founder) Matt Matros is one of Chicago’s leading food & beverage entrepnuers. Matt is the founder of PROTEIN BAR®, a wildly popular chain of halthy food fast casual restaurants. Most recently, Matt has founded LIMITLESS™ Coffee & Tea, a vertically-integrated coffee & tea company that is relentlessly pursuing the cleanest coffee & tea in the world. 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. 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. --- 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-the-first-annual-chicago-startup-food-bash

  • Email marketing that doesn’t suck – Jason VandeBoom, Founder & CEO of ActiveCamp

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-email-marketing-that-doesnt-suck-jason-vandeboom-founder-ceo-of-activecampaign Jason VandeBoom founded (and bootstrapped) ActiveCampaign in 2003 with the principle belief that all businesses need, and deserve, effective solutions to connect with customers. He created a platform (ActiveCampaign) that helps you make the most of every touchpoint and continuously improve your customer experience, through the right blend of human interaction and automation. Who: Jason VandeBoom, Founder & CEO of ActiveCampaign What: Email marketing that doesn’t suck Where: ActiveCampaign HQ, 1 N Dearborn, 5th Floor When: November 8th, 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 350 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 am: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speaker Jason VandeBoom - ActiveCampaign (Founder & CEO) Jason VandeBoom founded (and bootstrapped) ActiveCampaign in 2003 with the principle belief that all businesses need, and deserve, effective solutions to connect with customers. He created a platform (ActiveCampaign) that helps you make the most of every touchpoint and continuously improve your customer experience, through the right blend of human interaction and automation. 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 --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) 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. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 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 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-email-marketing-that-doesnt-suck-jason-vandeboom-founder-ceo-of-activecampaign

  • Scratching the Surface, Why Vinyl Record Sales are Booming – Dan Melnick, Presid

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-chicago-presents-scratching-the-surface-why-vinyl-record-sales-are-booming-dan-melnick-president-of-reverb-lp Dan Melnick is President at Reverb LP, Reverb.com’s marketplace for buying & selling records. Dan and his team created a platform that provides record stores, collectors, and fans with a painless selling experience, tailored tools and services, an easy-to-use interface, and the lowest fees in the industry. Since launching in January 2018, the marketplace has more than two million records for sale, thousands of sellers, and artists like Moby using the website to sell their own records. Who: Dan Melnick, President of Reverb LP What: Scratching the Surface, Why Vinyl Record Sales are Booming Where: mHUB - 965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car) When: October 18th, 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 350 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 am: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: More Connecting & More Beer --- Speaker Dan Melnick - Reverb LP (President) Dan Melnick is President at Reverb LP, Reverb.com’s marketplace for buying & selling records. Dan and his team created a platform that provides record stores, collectors, and fans with a painless selling experience, tailored tools and services, an easy-to-use interface, and the lowest fees in the industry. Since launching in 2018, the marketplace has sold more than 7.6 million vinyl records. 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 --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem (http://www.oracle.com/startup/scaleup.html) Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem is a nonresidential, virtual-style program designed for mature startups and venture capital and private equity portfolio companies to enable hypergrowth and scale. The program allows Oracle to reach more startups regardless of geographic location. Partners 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. Untraceable (https://www.loyaltylive.com/) Loyalty Live is the first conference in the world focused on bridging the gap between loyalty rewards and blockchain technology. The conference will bring together corporate executives and the MarTech community with blockchain companies and influencers - bringing some of the biggest names from both sides to help simplify and better educate each other on these multi-billion dollar industries. Get to know the technology behind the products and meet the brilliant minds to better understand and build trust in this new world. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 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 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-scratching-the-surface-why-vinyl-record-sales-are-booming-dan-melnick-president-of-reverb-lp