Venture Pitch by SBAC & Venture Connects

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Are you building a business and have questions you need answered? Do you want to avoid many of the mistakes that entrepreneurs typically make?

Join us for a Venture Pitch Session powered by Venture Connects and in partnership with SBAC where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode seeking investments will present pitches to accredited investors. Followed by Advisors offering Advice to Entrepreneurs (see list of attending Advisors below).

Make sure to arrive early as security will need to see photo identification to enter the building.

Agenda for “Venture Pitch” session Sep 18th, 2013:

  • Happy Hour (5-5:45pm)
  • Kickoff: SBAC/ Venture Connects/ MeetAdvisors (5:45-6:00pm)
  • City of Chicago Treasurer - Stephanie D. Neely (6:00-6:15pm)
  • Keynote Speech: Rishi Shah (6:15-6:45pm)
  • "Venture Pitch” presentations (6:45-8pm with moderators)
  • Advisors offering Advice to Entrepreneurs (see list of participating Advisors below) (8-9pm)

“Venture Pitch” Presenters:

  • Dave Walker: BizHive
  • Les Multack: Toothpain RX
  • Jon Olson: Trumarx
  • Paul Kaufmann: Shred Spot

Tickets include two drink tickets and passed appetizers. Additional drinks/food available for purchase at event.

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Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely

Stephanie D. Neely, a native Chicagoan who grew up on the Southside, brings to the Office of Treasurer of the City of Chicago more than 20 years of financial services experience with leading investment banking institutions. A former vice president at Northern Trust Global Investments, Ms. Neely was responsible for working with public and corporate pension funds. As an African-American woman, Ms. Neely created opportunities for minority and women-owned financial services firms by fostering relationships with Northern Trust and thereby helping them establish a foothold in the industry. Ms. Neely consistently draws on her work in the fields of asset management, municipal and corporate finance in her role as Treasurer of the City of Chicago.

Rishi Shah

Chief Executive Officer and Founder Rishi U. Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Contextmedia, is a successful media and technology entrepreneur. Rishi started ContextMedia in 2006 to help patients with chronic diseases live healthier through contextually relevant media services. The company’s DOOH networks and mobile media offerings are now used by over a million patients monthly and the firm’s clients include more than half of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies. Rishi advises several early stage companies and serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Student Business Education at Northwestern University and serves as a mentor for Chicago’s technology start-up incubator, Excelerate Labs. He was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a member of their 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and is an active member of the Executives Club of Chicago, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the Illinois Technology Association.

Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph St., Floor 80, Chicago, IL

Date / Time:
09/18/2013 05:00 PM


Advisors & Entrepreneurs:

  • Register before Sep 4 - $25
  • Register before Sep 17 - $30
  • Register before Sep 18 - $35
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