Events from October to mid-November

Courtesy of one of our associates, Laura Shapland, here are some venture and entrepreneurial events.  

Upcoming Venture Events (October  to mid-November 2010)

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

85 Broads: An Evening with Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, October 26, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Victor Hotel – 311 N. Sangamon
Panel Members include: Bill Bartolotta; Karrie Goldberg and Kathy Corday Lidbury.

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.

Chicago Innovation Awards
Monday, November 1, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Goodman Theater – 170 N. Dearborn St.
Established in 2002, the Chicago Innovation Awards shine a bright light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on the most significant new products and services introduced in the region. The winners each year are innovations that uniquely fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, and improve people’s lives.

BNC Venture Capital Group
Tuesday, November 2, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell, LLP – 111 S. Wacker Dr., 41st Floor
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.

McGuireWoods’ 2nd Annual Medical Device, Durable Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Conference
Wednesday, November 3, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Hyatt Deerfield – 1750 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL
Medical device manufacturer and distributor managers, compliance officers, investors in medical device manufacturers and distributors, regulatory personnel, general counsel and legal counsel are invited to join us for an interactive conference addressing: the impact of healthcare reform on medical devices, durable medical equipment and diagnostics; recent issues in medical device and durable medical equipment distribution and reimbursement; cutting-edge compliance issues such as physician payment transparency; the changing role of the FDA; and current medical device deal and transaction issues.

NVCA Webcast: Current Hot Buttons in IP Diligence for Venture Investments
Friday, November 12, 11:00am-12:00pm, online
Registration: Click here
Protection of a company’s intellectual property is a top priority issue and can significantly impact a company’s long-term success and the investors’ ROI. There have been several rulings in the courts recently that have the potential to impact venture-backed companies in a variety of sectors. Venture capitalists need to be aware of the implications of these rulings and how they apply to their current portfolio and future investments.

Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 4:30pm – 7:00pm, UIC Forum – 725 W. Roosevelt
Registration: $45 ($15 for MIT Enterprise Forum members);
How does a solo entrepreneur take an idea from scratch and grow to a thousand employees and millions of dollars in profit? What is the secret sauce to these company founders’ success?  Find out at The Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash where eight company founders featured in the new book How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America will tell you how they built their multi-million dollar companies, moderated by author Robert Jordan.

Chicago Booth Seed10: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference
Friday, November 19, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Spertus Institute,  610 S. Michigan Ave.
Full-time Chicago Booth student group conference. Speakers include, among others: Rob Solomon, President of Groupon; Drew Patterson, CEO of Jetsetter; Eric Fosse, founder of Homemade Pizza Company; Matt McCall, Partner at New World Ventures; David Wells from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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