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Launch Party - Summer 2019!

Organized By
Startup Grind Chicago
Jul 18
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW All startups who have launched, planning to launch, probably should launch, dreaming of launching, contemplating to launch, wondering if they should launch, wishing they actually had a startup to launch are invited to THE 3rd Annual Startup Grind Launch Party.</p>–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––</p>How it works...</p>The Startups.&nbsp;We will give 7-10 startup founders the mic for 3-minutes so they can tell the world about the problem they solve, their solution, their secret sauce, the market opportunity, their traction, and their team. There will be investors, so be prepared to answer questions!</p>Want to be a presenting startup?&nbsp; Email your deck to [masked]<br></p>The Investors. In the room, we will have 2-3 special guest judges there to give insights and feedback on each pitch. They will help founders understand what worked, what could be done better and what it takes to land an investment from an investor like them.</p>Everyone Else. You play a huge role in this. You get to vote on the startup you liked the best and pick the winner.</p>The Winning Startup. Not only does the winner earn street cred and pride from winning Startup Grind's 2019 Summer Launch, but they will also win some great tools to help their business.</p>–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––</p>Who: Founders, Co-founders, Team Members &amp; Startup Enthusiasts<br></p>What: Launch Party - Summer 2019</p>Where:&nbsp;mHUB - 965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle &amp; Car)</p>When: Thursday, July 18th, 6-8:30 pm</p>–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––</p>Want to LAUNCH your business? Email your deck to&nbsp;[masked]&nbsp;(deadline passed)</p>

6:00 PM: Connecting, Food & Beer
6:30 PM: Startup Pitches
7:30 PM: Voting
8:00 PM: Announce the Winner


Nathan Cooper - Cooper Ventures (Investor)
Nate is an experienced operator, investor, and advisor in the food/CPG world. He is the founder of L3 Hospitality Group (LYFE Kitchen), Wise Apple, and now is sitting on the other side of the table as an investor. He is a graduate of Kellogg and an alumnus of the Zell fellows program.

Melissa Kaufman - The Garage at Northwestern (Executive Director)
Melissa is a former Googler, startup veteran, and entrepreneur with a decade of experience at consumer technologies companies in Silicon Valley. Melissa received her BA in computer science from Dartmouth College.

Graham Peck - Cultivation Capital (Venture Partner)
Graham Peck is an angel and venture capital investor, entrepreneur, and operator. He is a Venture Partner with Cultivation Capital which invests in Seed and Series A Stage Software Technology Companies and the founding partner of a roll-up group which is actively pursuing acquisitions of several custom software technology development services companies.

Hosted By
Tom Denison, Chicago Director
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with hundreds of startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an incubator for biotech startups activating extraordinary biotechnology to solve mankind's greatest health challenges.

Aaron Levy, Chicago Co-Director
I have this crazy vision of a workplace where your manager is your coach– she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. I founded Raise The Bar to help companies be intentional about their leaders. We empower managers with the four essential habits to be better leaders of people.

Madeline Ulivieri, Co-Director
Madeline serves as the Community Manager of the Americas and Co-Director of the Chicago chapter.


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American Heart Association: Empowered to Serve (
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4 Point Consulting (
4 Point Consulting is a Chicago & Denver based HR & talent consulting firm that specializes in startups and high-growth companies. Ranging from help startups with their first hire or how to run payroll to how to double in size or implement performance management, we're your partner to work with. Our model is also more startup-friendly without sacrificing quality; our professionals are all billed out by the hour, making invoices much more palatable compared to a big agency.

mHUB (
mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. We’re an innovation hub for physical product development and manufacturing with a diverse membership of over 300 entrepreneurs focused on developing breakthrough products in IoT connected device, consumer products, medical device and more. mHUB’s mission is to galvanize the manufacturing ecosystem of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to drive collaborative product innovation.


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.



Location of Event

965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car)
Chicago, US-
965 West Chicago (easy access by Train, Bus, Bicycle & Car)
Chicago, US-

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