Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech startups. Like many, his digital experience started with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses. He has also nurtured and made profitable a top 200 internet retailer. Today, he is the Founder of Funl, a collection of savvy digital marketing experts who “Provide the expertise and resources needed to drive a large, loyal and profitable customer base.”
Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the CEO and Co-Founder of GiveForward.com, the world’s only crowdfunding website dedicated to fundraising for medical expenses.
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
Your Strategic HR Partner: With 8,000+ clients nationwide and over $1 billion in health premiums managed, TriNet provides cloud-based HR solutions that allow growing companies to do what they do best. Small to mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries partner with TriNet to manage human resources, employee benefits, payroll, risk mitigation, workers' compensation, strategic human capital planning and more.
Sūmèr is a copywriting and content marketing firm that helps businesses attract their target market, engage customers, and accelerate overall growth. From optimized website content and comprehensive blog management to content marketing strategy and copy consulting, we turn our clients’ visions into real, sustainable online visibility and business growth.
Uncubed connects forward-thinking minds with a new generation of companies, their fulfilling careers, and the digital skills they’re built on. The upcoming Chicago Uncubed conference on April 10th is an opportunity to meet the finest high-growth startups around, and to learn the skills they require across tech, design and business - taught by their very Founders, CTOs & VPs of Product. Bonus: If you have 2+ years experience in your profession, you could be invited to chat one-on-one with C-Level Leaders in The Executive Lounge. Grab your ticket today, space is limited. Take advantage of 30% off by using the discount code STARTUPGRIND here > http://chicago.uncubed.com
Pivotal Labs consists of fellow practitioners and startup veterans who have a history of solving problems with early stage companies.
WeWork provides small businesses, startups, and freelancers with the workspace, community, and services they need to create their life's work. From weekly events, personalized support, flexibility, and access to thousands of like-minded entrepreneurs around the world - WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business in 2015. WeWork is opening its locations in River North and in the West Loop. To learn more about joining the community, register your interest on our website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 855.593.9675.
43North is the world’s largest business idea competition. As part of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, the competition calls for businesses from around the globe to pitch their most innovative ideas in an attempt to win $5 million in prizes. It has proven to be an incredibly successful way to expose national and international businesses to the Great Lakes entrepreneurial atmosphere, and specifically the growing Buffalo, New York startup eco-system. In addition to cash prizes, 43North finalists receive free incubator space in Buffalo, New York, for one-year, guidance from mentors in related fields, and access to other business incentive programs such as Start-Up NY. 43North is open to applicants ages 18 and older in any industry, with the exception of retail and hospitality. Enter the competition by June 24, 2015 at www.43north.org.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides immersive, experiential learning and venture acceleration resources for University of Chicago students and alumni who are interested in entrepreneurship, private equity, venture capital, search funds, or taking their existing businesses to the next level. Located within the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Polsky Center’s mission has expanded to serve as the venture creation engine for the entire UChicago campus thanks to the support and generosity of Michael P. Polsky, MBA ’87. The Polsky Center’s premier start-up launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), is designed to help students turn their ideas into viable businesses. Launched in 1996, and currently in its 19th year, the NVC is recognized as a top accelerator program in the nation and the highest ranked university accelerator program. Learn more about the Polsky Center at chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship.
The Chicago Innovation Exchange is the University of Chicago’s new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products. The CIE provides space for proof-of-concept work, business incubation, collaboration opportunities, and programming for new ventures created by UChicago faculty, students, and staff, as well as local community entrepreneurs. We are cultivating partnerships to connect emerging entrepreneurs with Chicago’s broader innovation ecosystem and to drive the creation of new businesses, jobs, and economic activity in the city and surrounding region.