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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Opening Reception

(TheRoof at the Wit Hotel)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Continental Breakfast and Registration

(Google Chicago)


Welcome Remarks

Mark TebbeChairman, ChicagoNEXT and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth School of Business

Jim Lecinski Vice President, U.S. Sales and Service, Google

Mayor Rahm Emanuel – City of Chicago


Launching a New World’s Platform
Mention virtual reality (VR) and people visualize fantasy worlds; but like the introduction of other new platforms such as the WWW and smartphones, practical applications are not always immediately obvious. VR is one of these new platform opportunities. Industry-leading Professor Steve Lavalle will share how his research was married with the dreams of the Oculus founders to bring us the Rift, but will also open our eyes to where this new platform is going and why we should care.

Steve LaValle – Former Chief Scientist, Oculus & Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Moderated by Mark Tebbe


Startup Spotlight: Xaptum, presented by Rohit Pasam –

Co-Founder and CEO

Introduced by Jai ShekhawatCo-Founder and CEO, Fieldglass


Today’s Universities are Tomorrow’s Startup Foundation
Through curriculum enhancement, laboratory effort commercialization, or leveraging world-class researchers, today’s universities are the powerhouses that are uniquely empowering tomorrow’s entrepreneurial activities. These leading University presidents will offer insights into their directions, approaches and efforts that are underway to help enhance today and tomorrow’s startups.

Alan Cramb – President, Illinois Institute of Technology

Timothy Killeen – President, University of Illinois

Robert Zimmer – President, University of Chicago

Moderated by Noah Wintroub – Vice Chairman, JPMorgan


Startup Spotlight: Caremerge, presented by Asif KhanFounder and CEO

Introduced by Howard Tullman – CEO, 1871


Morning Break


Startup Spotlight: LearnMetrics, presented by Julian Miller Co-Founder and CEO

Introduced by Jessica Yagan – Partner and CEO, Impact Engine 


From the Heartland: Insights from J.B. Pritzker – Managing Partner, Pritzker Group


Lessons Learned by Building Chicago’s Successful Startups

Building a startup is really hard. Historically, building one in Chicago has been even harder. Hear what it has taken to build a successful startup in Chicago from five entrepreneurs who have. The panel will share what makes the Chicago community a great place to build your startup and why outside investors should be looking to Chicago for their future investments.

Shradha Agarwal – Co-Founder and President, ContextMedia

George Bousis – Founder and CEO, Raise

Chris Gladwin – Founder, Cleversafe

Al Goldstein – Founder and CEO, Avant

Andrew Sieja – President and CEO, kCura

Moderated by Jim O’Connor Jr.Chairman, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center & 1871


Remarks from Governor Bruce Rauner State of Illinois

Introduced by Alya Adamany Woods, Director, ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago


Luncheon Networking


Startup Spotlight: DRYV, presented by Dan Parsons – Co-Founder

Introduced by Sam Yagan – Vice Chairman, Match Group


The Magic Marriage: Integrating Startups with Corporations

As corporations seek new ways to become intrapreneurial and customer-hungry startups are looking to corporations as anchor partners, their introduction has become mutually beneficial. The Midwest is home to numerous examples of successful partnerships between startups and corporations. This panel will share how startups are integrating with corporations and how corporations are valuing startups.

Jacob Babcock – Founder and CEO, NuCurrent

Rumi MoralesExecutive Director, CME Ventures, CME Group

Reese Schroeder – Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Adam Tilton – Co-Founder and CEO, Rithmio

Michael Young – General Manager, Caterpillar Ventures

Moderated by Caralynn CollensCEO, UI LABS


Startup Spotlight: Synap, presented by Jeremie Bacon – Co-Founder and CEO

Introduced by Terry Howerton – CEO, TechNexus


Startup Spotlight: AMPY, presented by Tejas Shastry – Co-Founder and CEO

Introduced by Melissa Crounse – Executive Director, The Garage, Northwestern University

Startup Spotlight: Motion AI, presented by David Nelson – CEO

Introduced by Peter Wilkins – Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels


Afternoon Break


Startup Spotlight: PartySlate, presented by Julie Novack – Founder and CEO

Introduced by Nicole Yeary – Founder and CEO, Ms. Tech and Co-Facilitator, WiSTEM


Deploying Private Capital: Insights from the Quiet Capital

Whether from a family office or a wealthy individual, the priorities of private capital are often elusive to startups seeking funding and venture firms seeking LPs. In this panel, this class of quiet capital will share what motivates them, their capital expectations, and the current trends that are capturing their venture-oriented interests.

David Bradley – President, Huizenga Capital Management

Mike Flannery – President, Duchossois Group

Michael Frerichs – Treasurer, State of Illinois

Priya Parrish – Chief Investment Officer, TCS Group

Kim Trautmann – Director, Venture Capital Investments, DRW

Moderated by Michelle SeitzPartner and Head of Investment Management, William Blair & Company


Why MATTER matters, Steve Collens – CEO, MATTER


Startup Spotlight: PhysIQ, presented by Gary Conkright – CEO

Introduced by Steve Collens


Introduction by Chris KeoghPartner, Goldman Sachs

Fireside Chat: Backing the Future

Steve JurvetsonPartner, DFJ
Moderated by Miyuki MatsumotoManaging Director, Global Head of Emerging Entrepreneur Coverage, Goldman Sachs


Closing Comments

Chris GladwinFounder, Cleversafe


Thanks and Final Wrap-up

Mark Tebbe


Networking Reception
(Fulton Market Kitchen)

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