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Thursday, June 26
 

12:00pm

Mobile Management: The Trends in Enterprise Mobility
Speakers
MW

Maurice White

Seneca Global
Maurice White is the Director of Enterprise Mobility at Seneca Global, providing senior technical leadership and strategic direction for the management of enterprise mobility initiatives for Seneca Global’s customers. Prior to joining Seneca Global, he was a Senior Enterprise Mobility... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
3. Argyle Technical Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

12:30pm

High-Growth and Startup Companies: What You Need to Know About the R&D Credit from Day 1
Speakers
CB

Chris Bard

BDO
For 20 years Chris has worked full time in the area of U.S. federal, state, and non-U.S. R&D tax services. He has identified more than $1 billion in R&D benefits for companies in virtually every industry and supported over 90% of those benefits on exam or at appeals. Formerly with... Read More →
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Patrick Wallace

BDO
Patrick is the Regional Leader for BDO’s R&D Tax Services Practice for our Atlantic, Central, and Southeast U.S. Regions. Patrick has 13 years of experience advising clients on federal and state tax matters. He has extensive experience leading the implementation of R&D tax credit... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
3. Argyle Technical Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:00pm

Opening Statements
Speakers
BB

Brenna Berman

Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:00pm

PeopleWork: Welcome to the People (Not Digital) Revolution
Speakers
AA

Austin Allison

dotloop
As founder and CEO of dotloop, Austin Allison embodies the true nature of leadership – taking his company from startup to market leader. Allison has built a company that fundamentally changed the way real estate is bought and sold every day. Allison was named to Forbes 30 Under... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
4. Skype Campfire Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:30pm

State of Innovation in Chicago: Entrepreneurs, Officials, and Venture Capitalists Join for a Roundtable Discussion
Speakers
BB

Brenna Berman

Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st... Read More →
HT

Howard Tullman

1871
Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 – where digital startups get their start and the General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners. He is a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils and of Governor Quinn’s Illinois... Read More →
CU

Craig Ulliott

Belly
Craig Ulliott is a British-born serial technologist and entrepreneur currently serving as VP of Product and CTO at Belly. Craig’s list of services and companies he’s built or founded include Card Creator, Ohaso Limited, Where I’ve Been, SocialKaty Inc, and now Belly. Craig... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:00pm

Where Does it Hurt in Health Care? The Many Pain Points in Health Care and the Bold Remedies to Fix Them
Speakers
JB

Jonathan Bush

Athena Health
Jonathan Bush is CEO and President of athenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry’s fastest growing companies... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:00pm

Knowledge Bar: Protecting and Promoting Innovation: How the US Patent Office Can Help Entrepreneurs
Speakers
SP

Sue Purvis

Sue Purvis currently serves as the Outreach and Education Advisor in the Office of Innovation Development.   In this capacity she is work to expand education and assistance to the innovation and entrepreneurial community.  Prior to her current role, she was the first Innovation... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Knowledge Bar 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:30pm

Ninja Innovators: Revitalizing the American Dream
Speakers
GS

Gary Shapiro

Consumer Electronics Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owning and producing the world’s largest annual innovation tradeshow, the International CES®. Shapiro... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:00pm

Founding Priceline, ColorJar, and More: The Keys to Startup Success
Speakers
JH

Jeff Hoffman

ColorJar/Priceline
Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized innovator who has been a founder and CEO in a number of startups and high growth companies, including Priceline.com, uBid.com, and ColorJar. Jeff writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:00pm

How to Put Together an Advisory Board: Lessons for Startups
Moderators
DC

Denise Ching

UIC
Denise is Director of the Illinois SBDC at UIC. In directing the Illinois SBDC she creates comprehensive programs for assisting people with creating and growing startups. Prior to joining UIC, she directed the Illinois SBDC at ICNC. While at ICNC she managed the organization’s revolving... Read More →

Speakers
LA

Larry Abrams

Founder and President, Abrams Trading Group
Lawrence Abrams, a 28 year member of The Chicago Board of Trade/CME is the Founder and President of Abrams Trading Group, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator. The firm focuses on identifying and correcting inefficiencies within financial markets. Currently... Read More →
MG

Marc Grens

Partner, RCM Financial Services
Marc has over 13 years of financial services and business experience ranging from portfolio management, trading, brokerage, investment research, sales and marketing to executive management, business strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship.  Presently, Marc is a partner... Read More →
RO

Robert Okabe

Managing Director, RPX Group
Robert Okabe is a Managing Director of RPX Group where he leads the firm’s efforts to commercialize innovative technologies from universities and corporations.  He is past President and a Trustee of the Angel Resource Institute, a non-profit devoted to educating investors and entrepreneurs... Read More →
MP

Maria Pinto

Founder, M2057
Maria Pinto is an American fashion designer and artist. In fall 2013 she successfully raised $270,00 on Kickstarter to launch M2057 by Maria Pinto, a ready-to-wear collection for women featuring fashions inspired by urban architecture and design. She has dressed some of the world’s... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
4. Skype Campfire Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:00pm

Knowledge Bar: VentureUP Office Hours with Chicago VCs
Your chance to discuss anything with VCs from Pritzker Group, Sandbox, Jump Capital, and Anderson Pacific.


Thursday June 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Knowledge Bar 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:30pm

Making Food Healthier & Affordable for Everyone, Everywhere.
Speakers
JT

Josh Tetrick

Hampton Creek Foods
Josh Tetrick is the CEO and Founder of Hampton Creek, a food technology company recently backed by Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest man in Asia, and chosen by Bill Gates as one of three companies shaping the future of food. Josh has been interviewed for his work with Hampton Creek by CBS... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

5:00pm

Confessions of a Tech Entrepreneuer
Speakers
JS

Jon Schepke

SIM Partners
Jon is an Internet marketing industry veteran who has been in the space for over a decade. Since the mid-90′s, Jon’s passion for technology and marketing have driven innovative marketing strategies that focused on achieving significant ROI for multiple Fortune 1000 companies... Read More →


Thursday June 26, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
 
Friday, June 27
 

1:00pm

The Birth of the Startup 'Excubator' - An All-Star Powered Alternative for Entrepreneurs Desiring 'Do-It-For-Me' Solutions
Speakers
GD

George Deeb

Ensemble
George Deeb is a Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures (a startup consulting, fund raising and shared executive staffing firm) and at Ensemble (an all-star powered digital services suite for startup strategy, development and growth). George is a serial entrepreneur who launched... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:30pm

In Air Online: A Conversation with Michael Small, CEO of Gogo Air
Speakers
AC

Anand Chari

Anand Chari is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Gogo. He brings more than twenty years of experience in the wireless communications and telecom industry with him to this position.Mr. Chari has been with Gogo since 2003 playing a critical role in the design... Read More →
MS

Michael Small

CEO, Gogo Air
Michael Small has served as Gogo’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board since 2010 and has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry.Prior to joining Gogo, Mr. Small served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Centennial... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

1:30pm

Knowledge Bar: The Birth of the Startup 'Excubator' - Breakout
Speakers
GD

George Deeb

Ensemble
George Deeb is a Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures (a startup consulting, fund raising and shared executive staffing firm) and at Ensemble (an all-star powered digital services suite for startup strategy, development and growth). George is a serial entrepreneur who launched... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Knowledge Bar 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

2:30pm

How to Embrace the “I-Factor” Necessary to Assure Startup Success
Speakers
SS

Sanjib Sahoo

tradeMONSTER
Sanjib directs all aspects of information technology for tradeMONSTER Group’s online retail brokerage, tradeMONSTER.com, and its financial media site, optionmonster.com. He has been with tradeMONSTER since it was founded in 2006 and was the visionary architect of our innovative... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:00pm

6 Disruptive Trends at the Intersection of Social Media and Technology
Speakers
HT

Howard Tullman

1871
Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 – where digital startups get their start and the General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners. He is a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils and of Governor Quinn’s Illinois... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:30pm

Cyber Dust Presentation
Speakers
RO

Ryan Ozonian

Cyber Dust
Ryan Ozonian is the President and Co-Founder of Cyber Dust - Disappearing Chat Messenger. In it's first few months on the market, Cyber Dust has become a top 100 social networking application and a leading product in the ephemeral messaging space. Ozonian is partnered with serial entrepreneur, Mark... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

5:30pm

Social Media - Location Matters
Speakers
LG

Lee Guthman

VP Business Development, Geofeedia


Friday June 27, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
4. Skype Campfire Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

5:30pm

Supercharged Customer Development and Lean Startup Principles
So your business has achieved some degree of traction and product/market fit.  But you still have limited resources of time and money.  How do you continue to identify new customer opportunities and prioritize your investment decisions?  For startup companies, establishing a system for continuous customer development is a critical component to growth.  Learn how WeDeliver, last year’s Techweek Launch winner, focused on its Value Proposition and engaged its customers to learn what they truly value.  And learn how your business can do the same to identify revenue growth opportunities, take the guesswork out of resource allocation, and ultimately scale your business.

Speakers
MC

Matthew Cobb

Valkre Solutions
As the VP of Product, Matthew Cobb oversees all product development and technology efforts at Valkre Solutions, a company bootstrapped and built in Chicago. Valkre helps create better B2B companies by providing software-based solutions for improving customer value and revenue growth... Read More →
PJ

Peter Jackson

VP of Merchant Experience, WeDeliver
Mr. Peter Jackson is currently the Vice President of Merchant Experience for WeDeliver.  Prior to WeDeliver, he spent 3 years at Groupon (employee #28), as both a direct producer and a sales manager.  Peter's business passions lie in applied psychology and entrepreneurship.  A... Read More →


Friday June 27, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
 
Saturday, June 28
 

12:00pm

Breaking Down Your Business LIVE! Productivity: How To Take Over The World Without Losing Your Mind
Speakers
BF

Brad Farris

Anchor Advisors
As principal advisor at Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris guides business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Brad is a speaker and author, and also heads EnMast.com, an online business owner community. With an MBA from Northwestern University, Brad is passionate... Read More →
JS

Jill Salzman

The Founding Moms
Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs.A graduate of Brown University and law school after that, she started Paperwork Media LLC, a music... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

2:00pm

Building Online Businesses: A Discussion with Chicago's E-Commerce Leaders
Moderators
PM

Pat McGann

Managing Director, Prolific Interactive
Pat McGann is the Managing Director of the Strategy Led Mobile Agency, Prolific Interactive. Prolific is a mobile agency that loves making awesome products for other people and ourselves. Pat has been fortunate enough to work with awesome partners including: Threadless, ModCloth... Read More →

Speakers
MA

Michael Alter

The Tie Bar, CEO
Michael Alter is the Chief Executive Officer of The Tie Bar, LLC.  Founded a decade ago on the premise that a well‐made tie shouldn’t cost a fortune, The Tie Bar has become the #1 e‐commerce destination for stylish men's accessories. Previously, Michael was a co-founder and... Read More →
MG

Molly Garris

Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide
Molly Garris is a Digital Strategy Director for Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide, a creative advertising agency based in Chicago. She is the agency's in-house mobile marketing subject matter expert, and since joining the agency in 2009, Molly has been instrumental in activating successful... Read More →
RP

Ross Petersen

Ross Petersen is a Co-Founder of Blitsy, a venture-backed e-commerce company vertically focused on serving the $30B Arts and Crafts market.  Previous to Blitsy, Ross was Co-Founder of ScrapHD, a SaaS platform that was acquired by the world’s largest Arts and Crafts retailer, Michaels... Read More →
RP

Ryan Petersen

Ryan Petersen is a Co-Founder of Blitsy, a venture-backed e-commerce company vertically focused on serving the $30B Arts and Crafts market.  Previous to Blitsy, Ryan was Co-Founder of ScrapHD, a SaaS platform that was acquired by the world’s largest Arts and Crafts retailer, Michaels... Read More →
BW

Brad Wilson

Brad's Deals
Brad Wilson is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of BradsDeals.com. Brad started BradsDeals in 2001 as a poor college student to show his friends and fellow students how to save money using tips and tricks online. Brad Wilson is a nationally-known savings expert and professional bargain-hunter... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

3:00pm

The 4 Ds of New Market Share*: Data, Distribution, Disruption, and Dedication
Speakers
AS

Asha Sharma

Porch
Asha is responsible for marketing and communications at Porch, including consumer, b2b, public relations, brand, social media marketing, loyalty, virility, channel, and evangelism. Prior to joining Porch in 2013, Asha worked at Microsoft where she led channel and direct marketing... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:00pm

State of Electronic Music
Speakers
DM

David Monhait

Sinlabel
David Monhait, SinLabel’s managing partner, comes from a traditional background in architecture, design and planning. His vision and design process have led to various nationally acclaimed experiential and digital projects. In addition to SinLabel, David consults and is active in... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
2. SingleHop Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

4:00pm

Techweek 2014 Retrospective: A Conversation with Stefan Weitz on What's Next for Chicago Tech
Speakers
SW

Stefan Weitz

Director of Search, Microsoft
Stefan Weitz is a Director of Search at Microsoft and is charged with working with people and organizations across the industry to promote and improve Search technologies. While focused on Microsoft's product line, he works across the industry to understand searcher behavior and... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
1. Summit Stage 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654