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SBACNow Venture Pitch Session

SBACNow Venture Pitch Session



Join us February 12, 2015 from 5:30-8:30PM

Join us at our SBACNow Venture Pitch Session, hosted by LEVEL Office, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Tickets include beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, light appetizers, and networking.

 Keynote Speaker – Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO of SpotHero, created a solution to parking issues after getting countless parking tickets. SpotHero is an on-demand parking app that allows you to search and reserve parking for up to 50% off the traditional parking garage rate. This unique app allows you to book parking spots at steep discounts, which not only saves you money, but also time looking around for a spot. While it was founded in Chicago, SpotHero now operates in a total of 12 US cities.

We also welcome our prestigious panel of judges:

Chris Gersch – Principle, Navigate Exchange

Chris Rentner – President, Full Ahead Ventures

Mahrinah von Schlegel – Director of Strategy and Business Development, EarlyBird

Joe Dwyer – Partner, Founder Equity

Bill Bennett – Founder and Managing Principal, Level Office

Chad Sorenson – President and Co-Founder, SunPeak

Scott McBride – Intellectual Property Attorney, McAndrews, Held, and Malloy Ltd

Presenting Entrepreneurs

1. WeeVu

With the intention of helping communities grow in Chicago, Matt and Steph Strauss, siblings and now business partners, created WeeVu. Weevu 2.0 is a nonprofit marketplace that attracts new, connects with and rewards supporters for all the good they do.

2. Social Enjoyments

SOCIAL is one of the lowest calorie alcohols available today, at just 88 calories or less per can. Each quarter, SOCIAL gives back 1% of proceeds to a different charity.

3. Freenters

Freenters is bringing free printing to college campuses. Not only does Freenters bring students coupons and discounts, it also provides students ways to save money when eating out or shopping.


WOW VAPOR produces the most advanced vaping technology in order to provide a true alternative for smokers. While innovating technology and giving O-Nicotine options in every product sold, they are here to support a tobacco free lifestyle.


The company with the highest score will win a price package of $8000 worth of goods and services including the following:

- 12 months of free coffee and office space at LEVEL Office valued at $4650

- SBACNow Pitch Winner will be honored at the April 10th awards dinner in front of 350 people, plus a one-year membership in SBAC, valued at $300

- A digital marketing package from Mabbly, valued at $3000

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Click here to reserve your ticket, today!




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