MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum is meeting this month.  Click on this LINK to register.  This month they will be talking about financing options for entrepreneurs.

Even though the fall air is cooler, start up activity is hot!  Here is a list of some more events this month in Chicago.  

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; http://bit.ly/bncvc1005
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.

Catalyzing Angel Technology Investing
Thursday, October 14, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Bank of America Conference Center – 135 S. LaSalle St.
The series is dedicated to creating better connections within the early stage investment community.  Angel and other early stage investors including members of the Midwest co-Investment Network and the Midwest Research University Network will work on building relationships that will expand co-investing between investors and discuss best practices of working together  to commercialize cutting edge technology and grow great Midwest businesses. Investors and university startup professionals will also separate for sessions dedicated to streamlining syndication and commercialization processes respectively.  The event will also be an Angel Capital Association regional meeting.

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 kpyne@illinoisvc.org

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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