March Angel Events Around Chicago

BNC VC Group Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 5-8pm, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell (111 South Wacker Drive, 41st Floor)
Registration: $25 (late $30) more info here. Register here.
We will review three entrepreneurial opportunities: (1) 4Me Technologies combines “location in time” context with semantic profiling techniques to provide a pertinent, contextual news and information experience consistent across phone, tablet and computer platforms. (2) Waterless Cleaning LLC is sustainable chemical company that will replace water intensive operations such as laundry and dishwasher with green products that are recyclable and reclaimable.  (3) Clear Peak intends to develop solar power plants across the western United States & Canada with capacity to generate over 250 MW-dc of electricity within 4 years. Each presentation lasts 10 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Quiet Revolution – Why Chicago’s Tech Startups will Rule the New Decade
Wednesday, March 2, 11:30am-1:30pm, Hyatt Regency (151 E Wacker Drive)
Registration: $65. To register, email with your name, billing address, and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. More info here
JB Pritzker will be moderating a panel discussion.  John Aiello, Howard Tullman, Jai Shekhawat, and Eric Lunt with over 70 years of entrepreneurial experience, will be the panelists. The reception will begin at 11:30 followed by the luncheon and program starting at 12:00.

Booth Energy Forward 2011 Conference
Wednesday, March 2, 9am-5pm, Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive)
Registration: $40, more info here 
Hosted by the Chicago Booth Energy Group, this event will provides a new platform for captains of industry, emerging thought leaders, and bold start-ups to engage with students in the heart of the Midwest. For more information, visit the event website

Midwest Energy Forum
Thursday, March 3, 8am-6pm, Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive)
Registration: $352.49, more info here
The Midwest Energy Forum is the premier conference for clean tech professionals in the Midwest. Researchers, entrepreneurs, and others interested in innovation and growth within the energy sector gather to discuss some of the newest breakthroughs in this rapidly changing field. Panels, keynote speakers, and company presentations provide many opportunities for attendees to learn about emerging technologies and industry developments, government initiatives in the energy space, and new start-ups from around the Midwest.

Chicago Clean Energy Alliance – Moving The Business of Clean Energy Forward
Thursday, March 10, 5:30-8:00pm, EPIC (112 W. Hubbard St)
Registration: $15 before 3/4/11, $20 after, more info here
Join us as we host the largest business networking event for clean energy professionals in Chicago. Featured speaker: John M. Eber, Managing Director of Energy Investments at JPMorgan Capital and AWEA board member. Mr. Eber is a true thought leader in the renewables industry and has financed 6,600MW of wind energy.

Excelerate Labs Pre-Deadling Shindig
Friday, March 11, 5:30-8:30pm, Sandbox Industries (213 N. Racine Ave, Suite 102)
Registration: free, more info here
Excelerate Labs is throwing an impromptu pre-deadling shindig, and you’re invited! Come and socialize, ask questions, mingle, and get to know the Excelerate team and each other. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Excelerate. We’ll bring the pizza and drinks. You bring your ideas and some questions. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions of some of last year’s companies.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Open Innovation: External Ideas for Internal Growth
Tuesday, March 15, 5-8pm, Ungaretti & Harris (70 W. Madison St. – 4th floor)
Registration: $30 before 3/14, $40 after, more info here
The process of innovation is changing, and it’s no longer just happening behind the closed doors of expensive R&D departments. The concept of Open Innovation is proving that businesses can save time & resources by leveraging on ideas, inventions and processes from the shelves of neighboring businesses. Similarly, businesses with underutilized innovative assets gain access to a larger market and revenues for their ideas. Join us as we discuss the practical applications and examples of Open Innovation – how the internal trash in one business can become another firm’s innovation treasure. Grow the innovative capacity of your business!

BNC “TechPitch”
Wednesday, March 16, 5:30pm, The Sync Tech Center (322 S Green St)
Registration: $10, more info here
The BNC Technology, Entrepreneur & Venture Capital groups have joined forces with the newly-formed Syncubator ( 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.

FamilyFarmed – Financing Famr To Fork Conference
Thursday, March 17-19, 8:30am-6pm, UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Road)
Registration: $95/day (Student: $45/day), $225 for full pass, more info here
The Financing Farm to Fork Conference supports the local food movement by encouraging investment in farm and food production, processing, and distribution businesses. The conference allows entrepreneurs to gain visibility and interact with potential financiers and complementary businesses along with the Financing Fair & Business Plan Competition an emerging investment network whose mission is to nurture the growth of a sustainable, local food system in the Chicago region. 

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