Chicago Startup Summit

Aug 26, 2015 · Chicago, United States of America
Inspiring Global Entrepreneurship
to Change Business for Good


Have you an early stage business or even a great idea, need advice and are aged 18-35? Then the Room 72 Chicago StartUp Summit is for you. We’re bringing together entrepreneurial experts with decades of experience in one room to share their secrets of success and top tips to take your business to the next level.

The Room 72 Chicago StartUp Summit will help you realise your ambition through practical learning designed for entrepreneurs. We offer unique opportunities to gain insight, fast-track and revolutionise business learning and answer key entrepreneurial questions:
Why is it good business to be a good business? 
How do I create a red-hot brand? 
What do I do when the bank says no?
and many more...
"Everything you need in one room"

All proceeds from the Chicago StartUp Summit ticket sales are going to Step Up Women's Network, which empowers the next generation of women from under-resourced communities to fulfil their potential. 


 Why is it good business to be good business?
with Gayle Northrop, President, Northrop Nonprofit Consulting

Five pieces of advice for going from Idea to Ideal
with Wendy Abrams, Founder, Cool Globes 

Startup 101
with Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871

Lunch Provided at Virgin Hotels Chicago

 Interactive Workshops

A Brand to Remember
hosted by Steve Snyder, One Trick Pony
How do I create a red-hot brand? What is a great brand and how is it created?

What do I do when the bank says no?
hosted by Amy Kaherl, Director, Detroit SOUP
What do I do when the bank says no? What are the other sources of finance and how are they accessed? 

Startup Showcase 
Your chance to watch local and international start-ups showcase thier business to our expert entrepreneurial panelists. 
Gain a first hand insight into pitching your business with live feedback from our panel.

Eco Hygiene Care Ltd. 
Director, Frances Lucraft

Merit Goodness
Founder, David Merritt

Firelily Fund
 Tamara Habib

Pitch to Rich Finalist, Andrew Hunt
How a social mission can super-charge your start-up 

Co-Founder, Aduna
Summit Key Note

Mats Lederhausen 
Chicago Startup Summit is excited to announce Mats Lederhausen as our Key Note Speaker. Mats is an international businessperson and investor, forming BE-CAUSE in early 2007, the company is a platform for investing and building businesses with a “purpose bigger than their products®.” The philosophy is based on both ancient philosophy as well observations and experience from companies that were propelled by a strong purpose. 
Prior to forming BE-CAUSE Mats served as Managing Director of McDonald’s Ventures. McDonald’s Ventures managing the investments McDonald’s held in future oriented growth initiatives including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, RedBox DVD and Pret A Manger.
Mats was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” to watch in 1999 and the World Economic Forum honored him as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow”.

 Hosting the Chicago Startup Summit
Doug Carrillo 
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Virgin Hotels
Make sure that you don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to grow your entrepreneurial skills and sign up today!



To learn more about the work of our partners: Virgin Unite, Virgin Hotels, Virgin America and WeAreTheFuture, take a look at their websites.

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