Upcoming Entrepreneur Events in Chicago

Thanks to Laura Shapland for this.

Upcoming Venture Events (mid-November & December 2010)

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); http://entrepreneurbash.eventbrite.com/
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.

BNC TechPitch
Wednesday, November 17, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, SYNC Technology Center – 322 S. Green St., 3rd Floor
Business Network Chicago and the brand new SYNC Technology Center (www.synctechcenter.com) have joined forces to host “TechPitch.”  This event brings together Chicago’s most promising tech start-ups, angel investors, venture capitalists, bloggers and other tech enthusiasts to discuss cutting-edge ideas, disruptive technologies, and innovative companies.  Start-ups pitch in search of  capital and other valuable resources that are critical to their survival and ultimate success.

Chicago Lean Startup Circle
Thursday, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, ITA – 200 S. Wacker Dr. 15th Floor
The Chicago Lean Startup Circle will host Carl Ledbeter, Managing Director at Pelion Venture Partners (formerly UV Partners) Carl will be discussing how lean entrepreneurs can attract interest from the VC community.

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.

“7 Steps to a Successful Startup” – A One Day Startup Bootcamp
Saturday, November 20, 9:00am -5:00pm, ITA – 200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor
Registration: $99; http://www.efactor.com/signup/
One Day Bootcamp for anyone who dreams to start or scale  a business. Naeem Zafar, a serial entrepreneur, seasoned executive and veteran of several startups addresses all of these questions in a one day interactive and powerful workshop.  Naeem teaches entrepreneurship at Berkeley-Haas business school and has authored five books on entrepreneurship related topics.

US-Israel Healthcare Innovation
Monday, November 29, 7:30am – 11:30am, Grant Thornton LLP- 175 W. Jackson St.
The U.S.-Israel Healthcare Innovation Conference “The Future of Radiology” will provide a forum for discussing challenges, synergies, and opportunities for increased cooperation and business partnerships. Participants in the event will include hospitals and medical centers, top life science companies, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and key service providers. A select group of leading Israeli companies will provide concise and informative presentations on the latest ideas and technology in healthcare innovation. The event will also include a panel discussion with executives from leading U.S. product companies and provider organizations. In addition, there will be time allocated for one-on-one business meetings between U.S. and Israeli companies.

Grid-Interop Conference
December 1 – 3, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Stephens Convention Center – Rosemont, IL
The birthplace of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Grid-Interop is the key annual event focused on Smart Grid interoperability standards and technologies – defining the interoperability framework necessary for Smart Grid to flourish. Held in partnership with NIST and the GridWise Architecture Council, this event attracts a broad audience from both the government and the technical community, including key players from the energy utilities, software, cable, semiconductor, telecommunications and electricity consumer sectors, making Grid-Interop the only technical conference on Smart grid with this breadth.

IVCA Annual Awards Dinner
Monday, December 6, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Four Seasons – 120 E. Delaware
Registration: limited tickets available; contact kpyne@illinoisvc.org
Illinois Venture Capital Association’s annual awards dinner. Recipients include Robert Fealy from Duchossois Technology Partners, Mark Glennon from Ninth Street Advisors, Lester Knight from RoundTable Healthcare Partners, Ovation Pharmaceuticals and Initiate Systems, Inc.

BNC Venture Capital Group
Tuesday, December 7, 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.

Funding Feeding Frenzy
Wednesday, December 8, 8:00am – 8:00pm, Sync Tech Center – 322 S. Green St., Suite 300
The Funding Feeding Frenzy is the place to be for CEOs and founders of fast growing companies to get connected with a group of investors who just may be waiting to sink their teeth into their winning idea. For business owners raising capital, this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. The Funding Feeding Frenzy is a unique opportunity to network with those ready to recognize the potential their company holds. Attendance at this event could be a tremendous step forward in securing the funding needed to rapidly grow their business. Each company will present to a panel (including angel investors, private equity investors and venture capitalist) whose investing interests match the company’s profile. The Funding Feeding Frenzy is the ideal opportunity to snag investors who are ready to back growing companies.

Rocked the Recession
December 9, 2:00pm – 4:30pm at Sync Technology Center and December 10, 8:30am – 8:00pm at Loyola Mundelein Auditorium
Registration: $55; http://stp.eventbrite.com/
Rocked the Recession: Startup the Nation, is coming to Chicago to bring together entrepreneurs, professionals, and organizations that are not only thriving; they’re Rocking! Join us in a two-day conference with some of Chicago’s best entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We have planned two days of discussions to explore innovative companies that balk at the idea of bailouts. We are ready to Rock 2011!

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