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. 

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company with $17.5 billion in assets. Comprised of 15 community bank charters and more than 100 locations in Chicagoland and Wisconsin, Wintrust offers a real commercial banking advantage over the big banks and smaller community banks in our area. We pride ourselves on local decision making and servicing of our commercial clients. Our commercial banking staff is well versed in all aspects of corporate finance and they provide a customer-focused approach to banking. You won’t find a better team of bankers to meet the capital and cash management requirements necessary to help your business grow.

Startup Research

Chicago Spring 2013 Semester

What market are you pursuing? Is the target market big enough? Is it growing or shrinking? What are the other characteristics of your market, and why do you care? How do you find data on your market? How do you define your competitors? What are inexpensive tactics to do custom market research, such as surveys? How can you determine if you can win in your target market, and when do you decide to walk away?

Choose your business and market.
2013-03-05, 06:30 PM


Emerson Spartz
CEO, Dose

Emerson Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, CBS, CNBC, and CNN. As the CEO of Dose, the company behind Dose.com and OMG Facts, he runs one of the ...

Jason Weingarten
Co-Founder and CEO, Yello

Chicagoan focused on software, mobile, and web services investments that will get him a summer home in Paris. Jason is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Yello, the leading provider of talent solutions to employers. Previously, Jason was a managing director of genYcapi...

Eric Broughton
Entrepreneur in Residence, Fraser McCombs Capital

Eric Broughton is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Fraser McCombs Capital. In this capacity he supports the investment team, serves as an ambassador to the entrepreneurial community and mentors growth minded organizations in the portfolio. To date, Eric has led ...

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