Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference

Event Date

July 12, 2017


311 South Wacker Conference Center
Chicago, Illinois


Please join us for the Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference.

Learn how:

  • Startups across Chicago accelerate their growth in one of the city's many incubators
  • New companies can receive investments from Illinois’ new “Growth Funds”
  • Early stage companies can learn from the success and failures of other enterprisers


The Conference schedule is as follows:

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.




1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



INTRODUCTORY KEYNOTE: The Future of Chicago Startups, Incubators, and Growth
Presented by Fred Hoch, Executive Chairman, ITA and Founder and General Partner, TechNexus Venture Collaborative


2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.                          






PANEL DISCUSSION: The Midwest FinTech Revolution 
Moderated by Andrew Goldstein, Freeborn & Peters LLP


  • Colleen Wilson, Founder & CEO of Collaborate Chicago and Co-Chair, FinTEx Women in Fintech Group

  • E.J. Reedy, Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • George Vukotich, Co-Founder of FinTank

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.







PANEL DISCUSSION: Chicago Early Stage Company Founders:
“Bridging the Gap between Idea and Reality”

Moderated by Meghan Tepas, Freeborn & Peters LLP


  • Jami Youmans, MHA, Founder and Managing Partner, VantEdge One Group

  • Ravin Gandhi, CEO and Founder, GMM Nonstick Coatings

  • Lisa Carrel, Co-Founder and Chief Sales Officer, Proxfinity

  • Jeffrey Dirrenberger, CEO/Founder, Vault Innovation

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.






PANEL DISCUSSION: Illinois’ $220M Growth and Innovation Fund and How You Can Participate
Moderated by Rita Garry, Freeborn & Peters LLP


  • Chris McCrory, Vice President, 50 South Capital – Program Administrator

  • Nathan Brown, Managing Director, Wind Point Partners – Participating Investment Fund

  • James Lynch, Head of Chicago Office, Public Pension Capital – Participating Investment Fund

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                         


CLOSING KEYNOTE: Next Steps for Chicago and Illinois
Presented by Scott Kitun, CEO and Host of Technori


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


RECEPTION: Pazzo's at 311
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