Date(s) - 10/26/17
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Midwest’s Deal Conference, bringing thought leadership to Chicago to bridge the gap between early stage investors and growing companies.
FUND Conference Motivational Kickoff Day
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*Access to this Kickoff event is only offered to the Exhibiting Entrepreneurs and VIP ticketholders.*
|Location||Polsinelli Law Office – 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606|
|12:30 PM||Open Networking|
|1:00 PM||Opening Keynote: Manuel Amezcua|
|1:25 PM||Panel: From Startup to Exit
An in-depth discussion on marketing your startup, finding customers, raising funding and developing strategic partnerships with large brands. Think outside your box with these tips & tricks.
Moderator: Jeff Rosset
Panelists: Jeremie Bacon, Crystal Pennington, Erik Nathan
|2:00 PM||Keynote: Rajiv Nathan
Make Your Pitch a Performance
|2:30 PM||Keynote: Jim Kales
Partnering with Not-For-Profits
|3:05 PM||Panel: Athletes Turned Angels
Why are these professional athletes now involved in early-stage investing? What are they looking for in their portfolio companies? What makes a great entrepreneur? And how do these characteristics impact success.
Moderator: Lisa Canning
Panelists: Corey Mays, Ryan Mundy
|3:40 PM||Panel:Scaling to Success
Are you hustling every minute of the day or laser focused on the bottom of the 9th? Do you know when to be lean and when to take on outside investment? How to stay visionary and look towards the future
Moderator: Tricia Meyer
Panelists: William Cordes, Mark Vargas, Tiffany Mikell, Joseph Knecht
|4:15 PM||Keynote: Desmond Clark
6 Principles of Winning
|5:00 PM||Closing Remarks|
|5:10 PM||END OF SHOW|
|5:15 PM||FUND Official Pre-Party *All Ticketholders Welcome*
The Godfrey Hotel: 127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
FUND Conference 2017
|Location||Venue SIX10 – 610 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605|
(9th & 10th Floors)
|9:00 AM||Opening Remarks||Open|
|9:05 AM||Keynote: Marianne Hudson||Open|
|9:40 AM||Panel: Working the Midwest
Is it really us against the world? How VCs source, collaborate and compete across the region.
Moderator: Nick Spiller
Panelists: Gerri Kahnweiler, Matthew McCall, Bong Koh, Rumi Morales
|10:30 AM||Fireside Chat
Moderator: Terri Friel
Speakers: Kevin Willer, Raman Chadha
|11:05 AM||Panel: Please Not Another….
We all love a good ‘Uber for Whatever,’ but what trends are so truly overhyped that VCs never want to hear about them again … and what emerging trends ARE worth getting excited about?
Moderator: Ben Meyerson
Panelists: Derek Lindblom, Ryan Fischer, Lakshmi Shenoy
|11:40 AM||Keynote: Mike Evans||Open|
|12:00 PM||Lunch – Offsite||Open|
|12:35 PM||Keynote: John Richards||Open|
|1:00 PM||Panel: MBA or Nah?
Should you get one? Should you hire someone who has one? How do the traditionally credentialed fit in to your startup?
Moderator: Andrea Hanis
Panelists: Mohanbir Sawhney, Megan McCann, Amanda Lannert
|1:35 PM||Panel: How to Millennial
It affects every industry and brings some unique challenges to the entrepreneurial world: How do you bring out the best of millennials — whether you are one yourself or just work with them as associates, founders — and customers? Moderator: Michael Stark Panelists: Jason Will, Courtney White, Nick Brown, Shagun Agarwal
|2:10 PM||Fireside Chat
Moderator: John Hoesley
Speaker: Adam Hughes
|2:45 PM||Panel: Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence
AI is driving the future of autonomous cars. How are investors assessing opportunity in the autonomous vehicle space? Also hear from mobility focused companies pushing into this space from right here in Chicago. Moderator: Cayse Llorens Panelists: Joe Renz, Cory Hohs, Krystian Gebis
|3:20 PM||Panel: FUNDed at FUND
Shared Success Stories.
Moderator: Jason Komosa
Panelists: Sterling Douglass, Vivek Mehra, Ben Hatala, Tricia Montgomery, Andrew Colom
|3:55 PM||Closing Keynote: Jeffrey Hayzlett||Open|
|4:20 PM||Top 10 at FUND 2017 Startup Pitch||Open|
|4:35 PM||Midwest Next Awards presented by Ross Thomson of Signature Bank||Open|
|4:50 PM||Closing Remarks||Close|
|5:00 PM||END OF SHOW|