1560 Sherman Ave
Evanston Edge Startup Showcase
November 18, 2015 Sponsored by First Bank and Trust and Rotary International
Evanston Edge – Evanston Economic Development
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Evanston!
Join us Wednesday, November 18th starting at 6 PM at Rotary International World Headquarters located at 1560 Sherman in Downtown Evanston as we continue our series of EvanstonEdge Startup Showcases sponsored by First Bank and Trust.
EvanstonEdge Startup Showcase is a gathering of entrepreneurs, students, funders, developers, and designers in support of Evanston’s most innovative startups. The event features Evanston companies as they pitch their latest products, services and technologies. Evanston Edge Startup Showcase celebrates the innovative work of Evanston, and to give entrepreneurs the ability to tap into the wealth of knowledge, talent and enthusiastic supporters available across the community.
Each 5 minute pitch will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the Panel, and audience questions. Presentations will be followed by open networking between Panelists, Participant Companies and the Evanston entrepreneurship community.
Five Companies, Five Pitches, Five Minutes
We are proud to announce the five Evanston entrepreneurs who will each have five minutes to present their business and their “ask” - a need for technical help, intellectual capital, funding, resources – anything the business needs to reach the next stage in its growth. They are:
Paige & Paxton
Teaching is the only profession that touches every single one of us at some point in our journey—regardless of who we are, where we come from or what we become. We tap into that awesome reach. Paige & Paxton help teachers drive STEM interest and engagement in our youngest students today to change the course of a nation tomorrow.Paige & Paxton is a line of children’s characters that make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) easy to teach and easy to learn at the very beginning of a child’s educational experience (K-2 grade).
Paige & Paxton were actually a gift from mom growing up, who wanted to ensure that her two young daughters were passionate and proficient in science and math. To drive interest, she developed two puzzle piece characters to introduce these complicated concepts in a fun and engaging way.
Fast-forward to 2012, Rachel Williams (mom) and daughter Kelley Williams decided to bring the characters back to life to engage a new generation of little learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Paige & Paxton has been featured on WGN TV and Chicago Sun Times and recently pitched at Technori in front of an audience of 500! See the Technori pitch here.
Evanston native Jennifer Arrington Breen just returned from the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Cambridge, MA where she pitched her startup Karma Trik .The one-week bootcamp was open to anyone who first completed the free MIT MOOC “Entrepreneurship 101”. Thousands applied, 280 were interviewed, 61 were accepted. Twelve teams formed and each chose one idea to start and pitch at the end of the week. Among her teammates ideas, Jenny’s was chosen to develop and she now is positioned to take Karma Trik to the next level - a cloth solution for tying up and carrying a yoga mat, works as a yoga prop replacing a strap and, as she continued to play with it, she realized she could wear it!
Avail & Company
Avail & Company is a custom design bridal wear design manufacturer and retailer located in Evanston, IL at 1106 Davis Street. Founders, Ted and Rachel Alvia work one on one with each bride to bring her dress vision to life. When you schedule an appointment, you will work directly with a designer to plan your dream gown. You can begin by trying on our sample gowns, or bring your own inspiration images and ideas. Your designer will talk you through every element of the design and create sketches for you to view. Once the perfect design is chosen, we make it a reality! Their designs are truly a one-of-a-kind work of art that can not be purchased anywhere else.
Allowance for Good
Allowance for Good (AfG) is a network of Chicagoland youth ages 13-18 that partner together to learn about philanthropy and become global agents of change. In 2010, Allowance for Good was established to inspire youth to explore how giving time, talent, and treasure to philanthropic causes can enrich their lives. AfG teaches the rising generations that no matter what their interests, experiences, or future goals, we all have the power to help others and affect change. Through hands-on learning and guidance, AfG equips participants with the skills they need to make a positive difference in our world. Allowance for Good reaches youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds and demonstrates that participating as a global citizen is not bound by income, race, or culture.
Elizabeth Newton, founder and executive director, envisions a world where youth are open to balancing personal realities with those outside their own culture and are educated to be active global citizens in the worldwide marketplace.
The Graide Network
Our mission is to transform how middle and high school teachers spend their time, how students experience feedback, and how college education programs prepare aspiring teachers.
The Panel – Five Minutes of Intentional Q&A
A panel of proven Evanston entrepreneurs will lead a five minute question and answer period, followed by five minutes from the general audience.
Teddy Scott, Chief Executive Officer, PharmaCann LLC
Stelios Valavanis, Founder and President, onShore Networks and cofounder Creative Coworking Evanston
Derek Groothuis, Chief Software Office, DRW Trading Group
Dave Mack, Principal, Pathfinder Group
About EvanstonEdge Startup Showcase
EvanstonEdge Startup Showcase is a gathering of entrepreneurs, students, funders, developers, and designers in support of Evanston’s most innovative startups. Evanston Edge Startup Showcase celebrates the innovative work of Evanston, and to give entrepreneurs the ability to tap into the wealth of knowledge, talent and enthusiastic supporters available across the community.
A previous Evanston Edge Startup Showcases, the audience included approximately 150 investors, entrepreneurs, business service providers, mentors, general public, and elected officials. Audience participants who can help address the “ask” of each business will be asked to connect with the Entrepreneurs afterward during the networking reception.