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  • Event Tue Apr 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM Fintech Week Chicago 2017 Chicago Fintech Week is a series of events that brings together Chicago's thriving Fintech Ecosystem along with a national and international audience. This session will focus on Blockchain.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Workshops Tue Apr 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM Hacking Your Growth: A Discussion Around Strategies and Tools The Buzz, 1871’s monthly member networking workshop, is back! This month’s topic is "Hacking Your Growth: A Discussion Around Strategies and Tools.” Solomon Thimothy, CEO of Clickx, and Carol Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder of TheSocReports, will lead a discussion around the best digital marketing techniques and strategies to grow your business.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Event Tue Apr 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM Ladies Get Paid: Kick Off Town Hall Please join us for a town hall where we'll share stories about money: how it's tied to our identity and self-worth, why it's taboo to talk about it, and ways women can be more supportive of one another as we move up in our careers.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Marketing Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM How to Be a Spokesperson 101 This is a workshop from MSLGROUP – one of the top communications firms in the world. A professional media trainer will teach the fundamentals on how to be a great spokesperson on behalf of your companies.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Event Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM DisruptHR Chicago Spring 2017 DisruptHR Chicago is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower executives, business leaders and professionals in the vast and important fields of Human Resources. We are about blowing up the norms to which we've fallen prey, innovating, and creating a more meaningful, rewarding, and engaging experience from this thing called work.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Finance Thu Apr 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM A Financial Smattering: Your Credit Scores, Home Buying, Budgeting, and More There are tons of seemingly ancillary financial topics that are actually much more central to your financial life than initially thought.
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    Motorola
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  • Workshops Thu Apr 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM Bring Your Kids To Work Day: Tour of 1871 For Bring Your Kids to Work Day, we're excited to open up our space to the children of 1871 members and give them a taste of the entrepreneurial spirit. This tour, led by 1871 COO, Tom Alexander, will highlight the most exciting features of the 1871 space and will culminate with treats in the Auditorium.
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    1871 Reception
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  • Event Thu Apr 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM Caterpillar's Career Opportunities and Digital Growth Strategy It's Your Career. Make it Matter. At Caterpillar, you build what matters—whether it’s the career you want, crucial work skills, strong relationships or new digital technologies. The Marketing & Digital Division at Caterpillar is leading our industry with the utilization of new marketing techniques, data analytics, innovation, and digital channels to create world class marketing strategies and enhance our customers’ online experience.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Event Thu Apr 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM Chicago OWASP! Storms Brewing in Your JS & Avoiding an inCIdent Join the Chicago Chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. Topics will include Javascript ,Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment systems.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Legal Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM Monetizing the R&D Tax Credit to Generate Cash Flow The workshop will provide a general overview of the Rcredit, including its application to software development.
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    IMSA
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  • Health & Wellness Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM Burnout Prevention and Productivity Management for Entrepreneurs with Jane Shersher Entrepreneurs burn the candle at both ends. When you're leading a startup, sometimes it feels like the only person that you can truly count on is you.
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    IMSA
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  • Event Sat Apr 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM Ready, Set, Summer Join Code2040 for a day-long workshop series for Black and Latinx CS and CE majors designed to get you ready for summer. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Finance Mon May 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM Tax Tips for Startups! with David Kovar This session will provide a variety of tax tips for startups.
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    IMSA
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  • Legal Tue May 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM Legal Considerations Before Looking For Investment with Tricia Meyer If you are like most startups, then you may be looking for funding to bring you to the next level.
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    Motorola Classroom
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  • Strategy Tue May 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM Strategy Design Workshop Using The Business Model Canvas with Do Tank OVERVIEW: The interactive workshop will be based around the content Design a Better Business: a handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers (and takeaways will include: interesting tools and skills to better understand Business Modeling, a shift in mindset, and a better understanding of visual tools.)
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    MATTER
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  • Event Wed May 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM The Learning Economy Summit At the Learning Economy Summit, you'll spend the day connecting with world-class marketers and digital leaders. You'll learn proven content marketing strategies that put education to work for your business. This exclusive one-day event will teach you how top content marketers produce and market branded education to generate engagement, leads, loyalty and sales while creating real impact on peoples' lives.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Strategy Wed May 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM Innovate, Collaborate and Move Faster with a Google Design Sprint In this mini design sprint, we'll explore the 5 phases to learn how they can be used to tackle challenges of all types, from product design to process refining, building deeper understanding of users, and testing concepts quickly. You'll come up with a problem statement with your team and walk away with testable ideas to solve your company's unique challenges.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Event Wed May 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM Smart Cities @ French Innovation Week When architect and urban planners Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett devised a grand plan to make Chicago the “Paris of the Prairies”, they looked to the French metropolis for inspiration. Today, more than a century later, French innovation is facing an important question: can we still say French technology is the driving force behind the city of tomorrow?
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Strategy Thu May 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM Presentation Choreography: How to Gracefully Engage Your Audience with Steve Johnson It is not just enough to know your presentation content. How are you delivering it?
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    IMSA
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  • Finance Thu May 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM Reducing Your International Payment Fees and Advances in Global Payment Technology Start-ups typically rely on banks to send payments internationally to pay developers, vendors, etc. and may not be aware of FinTech organizations, like AscendantFX, who can provide a more efficient and cost effective way to send and receive payments internationally.
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    IMSA
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  • Event Thu May 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM Chicago Small Business Center on the Road Expo Small Business Center “On the Road” Expo brings business resources to the community. A series of 5 free expos at various locations citywide for new and existing businesses looking to start or grow their business in the City of Chicago. Network with 40+ exhibitors, attend workshops, meet with City license experts, get a mini-makeover for a FREE professional head shot, and explore a variety of business resources including a tax and legal clinic.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Strategy Tue May 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM Beyond Body Language- How to Give the Right Non-Verbal Signals to Communicate More Clearly In a fun and interactive workshop, Moving Image consulting will share how the decision-making process influences your communication and how to use this to your advantage when pitching your product and motivating others.
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    Motorola Classroom
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  • Event Wed May 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM How is the UK Gearing up for the Future of Tech? Discover how the UK is preparing for future technology innovation and how Greater Birmingham is a growth tech hub within the country. Featuring speakersTom Chothia, Senior Lecturer in Computer Security, University of Birmingham and Nicola Hewitt, Commercial Director, Business Birmingham.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Finance Wed May 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM Understanding Term Sheets with Bob Gillespie You’ve impressed a venture capital firm and they’ve presented you with a term sheet.
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    IMSA
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  • Event Wed May 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM Ms. Tech Mastermind Ms. Tech Mastermind attendees raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement individual ideas, and to do so with intention.
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    Motorola Classroom
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  • Legal Thu May 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM Three Stages of Building Your Company Stage Two - Operating a Startup with Steve Ducommun, Perkins-Coie Unknown or unforeseen legal problems can derail a startup even before its left the starting block.
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    IMSA
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  • Strategy Thu May 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM Smarter Products & Positioning using Analytics/AI Tech media channels have been littered with booming valuations for Analytics / AI-driven companies - "Smart [insert noun] start-up raises $20M to disrupt [insert industry]" and the like. But, who really understands why this is valuable, and how it works, and how to harness it's power?
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Event Thu May 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM Purpose Pitch We believe purpose is innate within any company and has to be accessed to reach its full potential. We want you to pitch us; not on what you do but why you do it. We believe your purpose can be summed up into three words: simple, genuine, and aspirational. We want to see what your company can bring to the table to inspire others and lead a transformative movement throughout the interactions you have.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Strategy Fri May 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM The Lonely Entrepreneur - How To Differentiate In A Hyper Competitive World Why does one business with an idea succeed and another with the same idea fail? Is it passion? Grit? Great idea? Don’t we all have those?
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    South Classroom
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  • Fri May 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM 1871's 5th Birthday Bash! Join us as Chicago’s makers, doers, disruptors and dreamers gather to celebrate 1871's 5th Birthday! Cocktails, delicious food from our network of women and minority-owned vendors, games, expo-style demos from our member companies and a special unveiling of a permanent installation honoring 1871’s history will all be a part of this celebration.
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    1871
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  • Event Sat May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM Vital Signs Hackathon Sponsored by Yelp, the nonprofit newsroom invites you to create solutions for helping patients receive better, more affordable healthcare. Work together in small teams to explore, identify and prototype tools to help patients access the best possible care.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Strategy Mon May 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM Customer Noise: The Reality of Letting Customer Feedback Guide Product Direction Join us in discussing the best ways to learn from your customers and develop products that the ‘quiet majority’ want. We will explore lessons learned in addition to broader market examples like Siebel vs. Salesforce. Learn how to ‘build lean’, leveraging your sparse resources for a specific use case. And finally, learn how to break bad news to the ‘squeaky wheel’ customers that you are not developing the obscure feature they keep requesting.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Strategy Tue May 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM Strengths Based Leadership: My Organization, My People & Me We apply a strengths-based approach to individuals within a company, managers responsible for others and leaders leading organizations of all sizes.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Event Tue May 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM 2017 eCommerce Playbook with PayPal, BigCommerce & The Plum Tree Group Join the experts in eCommerce including BigCommerce, The PlumTree Group and PayPal for a compelling panel discussion that will help you grow your business by discussing: (1) eCommerce trends for 2017, (2) Top eCommerce capabilities your organization needs to succeed in 2017, and (3) Optimization and Personalization.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Event Wed May 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM Reaching Digitally Transformed Markets Join Telstra's Darrin Webb, for a discussion on Reaching Digitally Transformed Markets. Featuring research from Telstra conducted in partnership with The Economist Intelligence Unit and 900 business leaders, discover which markets are leading the charge when it comes to digital transformation and how you can make the most of these opportunities.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Event Thu May 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM Bunker Labs 3rd Annual Muster Across America The Muster invites active duty military, veterans, local business leaders for an afternoon to discuss the latest innovations and be inspired by cutting edge technology. This year the Chicago Muster will also feature a Launch Lab in which a business will be created from scratch in a single day. What does building a business from scratch look like? Witness the birth of a new business live as it happens!
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    1871
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  • Strategy Fri May 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM 6 Ways to Master the Art of Relationship Building to Enhance Your Career Success.with Eric B. Horn For many successful professionals, "Your Network is Your Net worth". Building and maintaining your professional relationships is a vital part of your career success, however, most professionals don't "tap into" this until it too late
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Health & Wellness Fri May 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM Brighten Up Educational Workshop The Brighten Up educational workshop is a signature program that educates women to be proactive advocates for their health. These 30-minute sessions ground participants in the basics of breast and ovarian health, introduce them to early detection techniques and equip them with life-saving knowledge.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Event Sat May 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM Chicago Science Festival 2017 The third annual Chicago Science Festival is a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefitting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering in the Chicago area. You'll hear scientists from area universities, national laboratories, and museums speak on a wide variety of fascinating topics and get your questions answered. You'll also enjoy hands-on demonstrations of some great science and technology.
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    1871
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  • Workshops Tue May 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM Member Re-Orientation
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Recruiting Tue May 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM Need an Intern But Not Sure Where to Begin? Start Here! with Carrie McAteer - DePaul University Have you considered hiring an intern but not sure how to get started? Join the DePaul University Career Center for a presentation on the process of hiring, on-boarding and managing interns to ensure a successful experience for you and the student. Engage in conversation about best practices for creating a rewarding internship with your organization and learn about the legal implications of hiring interns.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Wed May 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM VC Roundtable with Matt McCall, PGVC Join Matt McCall from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qnd common difficulties that startups face.
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    IMSA
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  • Marketing Thu May 25, 2017 at 11:30 AM Your Competitive Landscape Analysis This workshop identifies the importance of appreciating the value of competition and how this knowledge actually makes you a better company. You'll learn how to identify your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses and how your operation compares to them, in light of your specific current and target audience. The workshop will illustrate how to capture that information, and then turn that data into a marketing plan.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Fri May 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM How To Grow Your First $1million of Revenue For Your EdTech Startup?
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    IMSA
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  • Event Tue May 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM Spring Days Spring Days are 2-day events for the Spring community, by the Spring community. Cloud computing ushered in a software renaissance, and while there has never been a better time to be a developer, technology evolves at an overwhelming speed. Spring has never been more relevant, but is also rapidly advancing - adding flexibility to the programming model for cloud-native, reactive and functional workloads.
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    1871
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  • Strategy Tue May 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM How To Become A Thought Leader In Your Industry Becoming a true thought leader is not about getting one strong PR placement or appearing on a podcast. It's about authoring your own content and consistently publishing quality material that truly adds value to the people you want to reach—and positions you at the forefront of your space accordingly. This workshop will walk you through a tried-and-true process for where you should be writing online (not a blog!) and how the landscape works so that you can become a thought leader worth attention.
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    Motorola Classroom
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  • Marketing Wed May 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM Successful Branding Goes Beyond a Logo with Laritza Lopez, Purple Group Participants will learn how to define a clear brand strategy and how it affects all aspects of their business.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Marketing Thu Jun 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM Building Better Mousetraps: How Content Inspires Your Visitors to Act with Andy Crestodina Driving traffic is hard work. And it’s wasted work if your site doesn’t convert your visitors into leads and customers.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Finance Wed Jun 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM Seed Stage Investment with Bob Gillespie When taking early stage investments, many entrepreneurs have questions on how to structure those investments.
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    IMSA
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  • Legal Thu Jun 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM Three Stages of Building Your Company - Stage 3 – Venture Capital 101 Unknown or unforeseen legal problems can derail a startup even before its left the starting block.
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    IMSA
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  • Finance Mon Jun 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM How VC's Evaluate Early Stage Deals with Carter Cast & Gabe Greenbaum, PGVC Join Gabe Greenbaum and Carter Cast from Pritzker Group Venture Capital to get in the mind of an early stage venture capitalist.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Sales Tue Jun 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM [Pitch] Like A Mind Reader If you were a mind reader, you’d know exactly what to say to help a VC understand why your company is a perfect investment opportunity.
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    IMSA Classroom
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  • Finance Fri Jun 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM The Angel Funding Landscape: Structure and Terms plus startup Q&A with Greg Grove Greg Grove has worked as an attorney for twenty years with life sciences and other technology startup companies, both in Silicon Valley and Chicago, from startup, through seed stage financing, venture financing, late-stage financing, company acquisitions and initial public offerings.
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    South Classroom
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  • Finance Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM Sector Conversation: Enterprise with Chris Girgenti, PGVC Join Chris Girgenti from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qcompanies targeting the enterprise (SaaS, B2B2C, B2B marketplaces, infrastructure, etc.). 
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  • Finance Wed Jul 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM Entrepreneurial Financial Modeling with Bob Gillespie When launching a new company or trying to figure out financial models, revenue and expense projections, new entrepreneurs look at a blank excel spreadsheet and don’t know how to start.
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    IMSA
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  • Finance Mon Jul 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM How to Manage Your Board with Carter Cast & Dave Habiger, Pritzker Group Join Carter and Dave, two former CEOs and board members of multiple $1B+ businesses (both venture backed and public) as they discuss how to craft and manage your board.
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    1871 Auditorium
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  • Finance Wed Jul 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM VC Roundtable with Sonia Nagar, PGVC Join Sonia Nagar from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qnd common difficulties that startups face.
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  • Wed Aug 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM Understanding Founders Equity, Dilution and Cap Tables with Bob Gillespie When starting a new company, many entrepreneurs don’t understand how founders equity is affected over time by funding rounds, option pools and options grants.
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  • Finance Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM Sector Conversation - Consumer with Sonia Nagar and Matt McCall, PGVC Join Matt McCall and Sonia Nagar from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qcompanies targeting consumers (e-commerce, mobile, social networks, digital media etc.). 
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  • Finance Mon Aug 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM How to Pitch To Investors with Carter Cast and Adam Koopersmith, PGVC Come hear Carter Cast, an entrepreneur who has raised money from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Accel Partners and Sequioa Capital, and Adam Koopersmith, a partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital talk about what to do, and not to do when you’re pitching investors.
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    2.03 Classroom
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  • Finance Wed Oct 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM Pitch Deck Do's & Don'ts with Alyssa Jaffee, PGVC Join Alyssa Jaffee from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qnd pitch decks and simple dos and don’ts to make your presentation more effective.
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  • Finance Wed Nov 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM Sector Conversation: HCIT with Adam Koopersmith, PGVC Join Adam Koopersmith from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qcompanies targeting the healthcare ecosystem (SaaS, marketplaces, infrastructure, etc.).
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  • Finance Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM VC Roundtable with Alyssa Jaffee, PGVC Join Alyssa Jaffee from Pritzker Group Venture Capital for a small group discussion and Qnd common difficulties that startups face.
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    South Classroom
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  • Strategy Sat Mar 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM Learn How To Use the Member Portal In this workshop we'll show you how to leverage the PeopleVine Control Panel to manage your business. From sending newsletters to managing your CRM, we'll cover the topics that are important to you. So come with your questions or watch as we demo how PeopleVine can be used.
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    1871
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  • Strategy Tue Apr 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM Learn How To Use the Member Portal In this workshop we'll show you how to leverage the PeopleVine Control Panel to manage your business. From sending newsletters to managing your CRM, we'll cover the topics that are important to you. So come with your questions or watch as we demo how PeopleVine can be used.
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