Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles. Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

DESIGNATION is a design bootcamp that trains people of all experience levels to be UI/UX designers over 12 weeks in Chicago. The program is a fast paced, high intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborate environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a highly concentrated timeframe.

Pasquesi Partners
Pasquesi Partners LLC is a boutique firm offering a modern approach to accounting and tax services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Personal attention, responsiveness and quality are the cornerstones of our relationships. We simplify the lives of individuals and small business owners and take care of the accounting, taxes, bookkeeping, payroll, and billing so they can focus on what will grow their business. Pasquesi Partners use secure cloud based technologies so business owners know the financial status of their business.



Through the 100 Vets Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from each chapter will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the 100 Vets Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at http://FI.co/vets.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the 100 Vets Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, June 5th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the 100 Vets Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the 100 Vets Fellowship.

Much Shelist

Much Shelist is a full-service law firm serving start-up, small and mid-market businesses, and venture capital investors, private equity funds and family offices that invest in them and support their growth.  The firm advises early-stage technology and growth enterprises in start-up matters and venture capital transactions.  Much Shelist continues to support those enterprises as they grow by providing advice on the full spectrum of legal and business matters a start-up or growth-stage company is likely to encounter, including issues related to employees and other service providers, intellectual property rights and licensing, and negotiations with vendors and strategic partners.  The firm also represents clients in litigation, mergers and acquisitions and other extraordinary matters.  Much Shelist is headquartered in Chicago and has a branch office in California.

Leavitt Siegal LLC is a boutique tax and accounting firm servicing entrepreneurs, funded start-ups and small and midsized businesses. The partners, Karen Leavitt and Sandra Siegal, have a combined 45 years of experience working with individuals and their businesses. Previous to working with us, many of our clients felt that over the years their accountants weren’t giving them the personal attention they deserved.  That they were viewed as a number, not as an individual.  At Leavitt Siegal LLC, we understand that feeling.  That is why we started our firm.  We handle every single one of our clients, big or small, with the personal touch they deserve.  We take pride in building a lifelong relationship with all our clients.  That’s why our motto “Proven Experience with a Personal Touch isn’t just a slogan, but a set of values we live by. 


Amata Office Centers focuses on Chicago based entrepreneurs, and satellite offices of larger companies helping them with office space, telephone services and administrative support. Entrepreneurs need phones, live receptionist and space to work and meet. We help with all of those in downtown Chicago and Naperville in our 6 high end office centers. We provide the tools to help them succeed, from infrastructure, virtual or real space, and prestigious addresses that allow them to stand out from their competition.

Mentor Idea Review

Chicago Spring 2012 Semester

Can you pitch your idea in three minutes and survive the scrutiny of seasoned CEO? How viable is the idea itself? Can the founder present the idea in a meaningful and articulate way? Has the founder done the research necessary to understand the market and prove that the idea is valid?

Review your idea with Mentors.
2012-06-19, 06:30 PM


Irv Shapiro
CEO/CTO and Head Coach, Ifbyphone, Inc.

As a senior executive with over 35 years of computer technology industry experience and deep technology and management expertise, he is passionate about the delivery of technology solutions that improve peoples lives. Currently as the CEO/CTO at Ifbyphone, he is worki...

Zach Kaplan
CEO, Inventables

Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of InventablesTM, the hardware store for desktop manufacturing. The company is bringing manufacturing from the factory to the desktop making it as accessible as desktop publishing. The company sells over 31,000 products most of which ...

Mark Pickett
Mark Pickett - CEO, Nail Your Mortgage (Chicago FI) , Nail Your Mortgage

Customer acquisition (consumer) via product, passion and analytics, guy. Some might say that's marketing. Understands there is a difference between innovation and transformation, hence, refrains from uttering either in any conversation devoid of start-up companies or Ap...

David Culver
Co-Founder, Adventerra

David Culver is the Co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Instigator of VentureSHOT, Chicago's Business Incubator and Strategic Growth Program. www.VentureSHOT.com VentureSHOT also hosts the Funding Feeding Frenzy event series that connects entrepreneurs with Angel Investor...

Jeff Weber
Co-Founder & President, SnagPad

Jeff Weber is the founder of ZigaVite a web based sales engagement tool. He is also a co-founder and president of SnagPad a job search learning and management system. Weber was the founder of Technology Resource Center (TRC), which grew to be listed on the INC Magazine To...

Andrew Lee
CEO, Esper

Andrew Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of Esper Technologies, Inc. Esper's scheduling software streamlines communication, automates tasks, and provides context for important meetings. In doing so, executives and their assistants save time and are more effective. Esper is ...

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