A List of Upcoming Entrepreneurial Events In Chicago

Illinois Launch Networking Event
Tuesday, January 11, 6:00pm, District Bar (170 W Ontario St.)
Registration: free; register here
As part of Illinois Launch’s Winter Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, this is a networkshop event with startup companies from the University of Illinois.

Build-in-Chicago Entrepreneur 2011 New Year’s Resolution Social
Wednesday, January 12, 5:30 – 8:30pm, SYNC Technology Center (322 S. Green St., Suite 300)
Registration: free; register here
Mix and mingle with other entrepreneurs and business owners at the SYNC Technology Center.  SYNC Technology Center founder Mike Rhodes who will share the experiences, challenges, and surprises he has faced as a serial entrepreneur.  

Entrepreneurship Networking Night: Northwestern Vs. Michigan Basketball
Tuesday, January 18, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Welsh-Ryan Arena  (1501 Central St.)
Registration: $25; register here
Join the Alumni Association and Wildcat Athletics for the Entrepreneurship Networking Night in conjunction with the Men’s Basketball game on Tuesday January 18th vs. Michigan. At 6:30 p.m., participants arrive for a Networking Session with other Wildcat Entrepreneurs, complete with appetizers from Wildfire and complimentary beverages.  At 7:45 p.m., all participants will move to the special Networking Night section for tip-off to continue networking and enjoy the Wildcats’ game against this Big Ten opponent.

BNC “TechPitch”
Wednesday, January 19, 5:30 – 8:00pm, 322 S. Green Street, 3rd Floor 
Registration: $20 online, $30 at the door; register here
The BNC Technology, Entrepreneur & Venture Capital groups have joined forces with the newly-formed Syncubator (www.synctechcenter.com) to host “TechPitch” and bring together start-ups, angel investors, venture capitalists, bloggers and other tech enthusiasts to discuss cutting-edge ideas, disruptive technologies, and innovative companies. Start-ups can find capital and other valuable resources that are critical to their survival and ultimate success.

Lean Startup Circle: YCombinatorTechstars and Excelerate Labs: Inside the Incubator
Thursday, January 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, ITA (200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor)
Registration: free; register here
Want to find out what it’s like to participate in YCombinatorTechstars or Excelerate Labs? Techstars Alumnus and Havemyshift.com founder Sean Corbett, Excelerate Labs alumna and Edulender.com founder Sue Khim and YCombinatorAlumnus and Inklingmarkets.com founder Adam Siegel will participate in a panel about their incubator experiences, how they’ve shaped their companies, and lessons they can share from their startups.

midVentures DESIGN+DEVELOP Series
Thursday, January 20, 3:30 – 9:00pm, SYNC Technology Center (322 S. Green St., Suite 300)
Registration: $50 for workshop + networking, $25 for networking only; register here
Need an intro to iPhone and Android app development? Whether you’re a designer, developer, or product manager, learn from ChicagoAndroid & KeyLimeTie on how to develop your mobile app. The January DESIGN+DEVELOP Series will provide everyone a professional introduction to mobile application development on the iPhone and Android platforms. Workshop attendees will hear from ChicagoAndroid & KeyLimeTie regarding the topics such as 
  • why should my business develop on Android and/or iOS?
  • what types of apps are most proven for business development?
  • Should I hire a freelancer or a firm for my mobile app development?

Univ of Chicago Venture Capital Investment Competition
Friday, January 21, 8:30am-6:00pm, Harper Center (5807 South Woodlawn Ave., Room 104)
More info here
Playing the role of venture capitalists during the competition, students interact with real-life entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to be evaluated by actual investors. The competition is targeted to Chicago Booth students, but offers all attendees invaluable networking opportunities.

MIT Enterprise Forum – Economic Forecast: How Your Business and Personal Finances will be Impacted
Tuesday, January 25, 5:00 – 8:30pm, Ungaretti & Harris (70 W Madison St, 4th Floor Conference Center)
Registration: $35 prior to event, $40 on day of event; register here
Panelists include:
  • Jim Kohcan, Wells Fargo
  • Virginia Schnippel, IP Valuation Grant Thornton
  • Tim O’Connor, Business Valuations Grant Thornton
  • Mark Keeley, VP Keeley Funds

Illinois Business & Investor Forum
Thursday, January 28, 5:00 – 8:00pm, ITA (200 S. Wacker Dr., 15th Floor)
Registration: $60; register here
Attendance limited to accredited investors only.  The Illinois Business & Investor Forum acts as an umbrella group for angel investors in the Midwest. It’s purpose is to create an interactive meeting showcasing early stage companies, entrepreneurs, and intellectual property from universities and corporations.   Each participating site will be able to interact in real-time with the other locations (Chicago, Duluth, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Peoria, Rockford)

BNC Venture Capital Group
Tuesday, February 1, 5:00 – 8:00pm, Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell (111 South Wacker Drive, 41st Floor)
Registration: free; more info here
This 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.  Led by Len Bland, CEO of Concept Equity, and David Carman, CEO of Business Network Chicago. We will review three entrepreneurial opportunities.  Each presentation lasts 10 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

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