Events for Entrepreneurs, Angels and People Interested in Start Ups

HPA has a unique structure.  We have angels of course.  But we have student associates that work closely with us.  They are an integral part of our organization.  Laura Shapland is currently a student associate.  She has put together a list of upcoming events that you can attend if you are interested.  These are events outside of official Hyde Park Angels events. Just things that are happening in Chicago.  If you are interested in getting involved, check one of them out.

Chicago Lean Start up Circle – September Meetup with Mike Evans of GrubHub
Thursday, September 23, 6:30pm, ITA – 200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor
Our September meeting will feature a talk by Mike Evans, co-founder of GrubHub. Mike will discuss the relationship between building a Minimum Viable Product and Unit Economics Models.

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center Momentum Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 23, 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millenium Park – 200 N. Columbus Dr.
Registration: Tables of 10 $5,000+, Individuals $500;
The 3rd annual CEC Momentum Awards Dinner brings together 500+ of Chicago’s business and civic leaders with the city’s fastest growing entrepreneurs. At the event, the Merrick Momentum Award winner will be announced, which honors entrepreneurs on the long road between successful start-up and well established enterprise. In addition,  Rich Melman, Founder and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will be honored as 2010 Entrepreneurial Champion.

midVentures LAUNCH
Tuesday, September 28, 10:00am – 9:00pm, UIC Forum – 725 W Roosevelt Rd.
midVentures LAUNCH is the largest startup conference in the Midwest, showcasing new and innovative startups and apps in the technology space.   Bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, the media, and railroad tycoons from all parts of the Midwest tech community, midVentures LAUNCH is a unique opportunity to watch new ideas come to life.   Join us at the new epicenter of startup innovation.

 iCON Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Four Seasons Hotel – 120 E. Delaware Pl.
The iCON Award was developed to recognize the important role of education, research, and training in fostering growth and in building the next generation of Midwest biotechnology and life sciences innovators and leaders. This award celebrates the achievements of leaders who nurture education, training, and scholarship in the life sciences in Illinois.

Illinois Business and Investor Forum
Thursday, September 30, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, tbd
Registration: $60;
The Illinois Business & Investor Forum acts as an umbrella group for angel investors in the Midwest. Its purpose is to create an interactive meeting showcasing early stage companies, entrepreneurs, and intellectual property from universities and corporations.   Bob Geras will speak at this event.

Crain’s Middle Market University
Tuesday, October 5, 7:30am – 1:00pm, Wyndham Hotel – 633 N. St. Clair
The second annual Crain’s Middle Market University is a half-day program that will provide real-world business counsel to owners and top executives at Chicago-area middle-market companies. You’ll hear from a variety of expert voices speaking on topics essential to mid-market companies including: growth strategies, determining the climate for acquisitions and running a family business. Panelists and speakers include: Robert Blackwell, founder of Killerspin; Grant DePorter, President of Harry Caray’s Group; Gordon Segal, founder of Crate & Barrel; Michael Binstein, CEO of Binny’s; and Joe Perrino, CEO of Home Run Inn Pizza.

BNC Venture Capital Group
Tuesday, October 5, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell, LLP – 111 S. Wacker Dr., 41st Floor
Registration: $24;
The BNC Venture Capital Group introduces exciting investment opportunities to professional investors (angels, early stage venture capitalists, and private equity firms seeking add-ons) and fosters the growth of entrepreneurial activity. We will review four entrepreneurial opportunities.  Each presentation lasts 10 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Chicago TechExpo
Wednesday, October 6, 9:30am – 4:00pm, UIC Forum – 725 W Roosevelt Rd.
The one-day conference and exposition provides relevant training and education to allow business owners to learn how technology can improve operations, minimize time spent on administrative tasks, market their business, and increase sales by using a very powerful tool: technology.

Crain’s Small Business Forum: NetMarketing – Mapping Social Marketing Strategies
Tuesday, October 12, 7:45am – 10:00am, The Mid America Club – 200 E. Randolph St., 80th Floor
Gain an understanding of the real-world possibilities of social media marketing and take away ideas for practical implementation in your organization. Discover how creating the right social marketing strategy can help give you the results you need to make your business and programs more effective. Panel Speakers include: Matt Batt, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Media Relations; Marty Higginbotham, Founder and President, The Stage Channel; Gini Dietrich, Founder and CEO, Arment Dietrich Inc.; and Diane Rayfield, Founder and CEO, Harp Social.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Financing Options for Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, October 12, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Ungaretti & Harris LLP – 70 W. Madison St., 4th Floor
A panel of experts will present various methods for business owners to find financing for their business operations, regardless what stage your business is in.

VoIP Conference & Expo at IIT
Wednesday and Thursday, October 13-14, IIT Rice Campus – 201 E. Loop Rd., Wheaton
Join more than 200 telecommunications professionals from 100+ organizations for 2 days of VoIP.

Ophthalmology Innovation Summit
Thursday, October 14, 7:30am – 7:30pm, Renaissance Chicago – 1 W. Wacker Dr.
Network among 400+ clinical and pre-clinical researchers, physicians/clinicians, university technology transfer officers, private and public company executives, corporate business development representatives, and investors, overlooking the Chicago River.

10th Annual CFO Summit for Finance Professionals of Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms
Thursday, October 21, 8:00am – 4:30pm, Gleacher Center – 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Registration: $295 for non-members; contact

Breakthroughs: A Symposium for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs & CEOs
Thursday, October 28, 8:30am – 5:00pm. The Metropolitan Club – Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., 66th Floor
Breakthroughs will help you get “unstuck”. The confusion, the overload, the paralysis that gets in the way of moving your company forward. 18 speakers who are accomplished owners, CEOs and leaders. 18 minutes for each to share a story of being stuck. 18 “a-ha!” moments, describing their personal and professional breakthroughs. Speakers include: Doris Christopher – Founder & Chairman, The Pampered Chef; Biju Kulathakal – CEO, Trading Block; David Morton – Owner, Pompei Restaurants, DMK Burger Bar & The Umbrella Experiment; Chuck Templeton – Founder, OpenTable; Christine Bork – CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; Jack Cummins – Founder/Principal, Cummins & Associates; John Fairclough – CEO, Resicom; Sunil Gaitonde – Co-founder/CEO, GS Lab; Jay Goltz – Founder/CEO, Artists Frame Service; David Gamperl – CEO, Osborn Energy; Adam Robinson – Founder/CEO, Hireology; Nancy Sharp – Co-founder/CEO, Food for Thought; and Jay Sharman – Founder/CEO, TeamWorks Media.

Tech Cocktail Start Up Mixology Conference
Thursday, October 28, 8:00am – 9:00pm, Lincoln Hall – 2424 Lincoln Ave.
The Startup Mixology Conference will break down every ingredient that goes into starting and running a successful business. Entrepreneurs will share their insights on creativity, design, branding, legal, funding, bootstrapping, PR, marketing and social media, building a development team and more.

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