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
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.

Vet-Tech
Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

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.

Marketing and Sales

Fall 2011 Chicago Semester

How do you portray yourself and your business to the world? How do you tell the story of your company? How do you define your ultimate success? How do you attract the first customers and partners to your vision? How do you involve your customers and partners in your success? What are techniques to refine your messaging?

Goal:
Identify and convey your positioning.
Date:
2012-01-17, 12:00 AM

Mentors


Joe Dwyer
Partner, Digital Intent / Founder Equity

Joe Dwyer is an investor, technologist, and serial entrepreneur. He is a partner at Digital Intent (http://digintent.com), as well as a partner at Founder Equity Fund (http://founderequity.com), and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship courses at Kellogg School of Mana...

Dan Ushman
Co-Founder & CMO, SingleHop, Inc.

My name is Dan Ushman and I am one of the co-founders of SingleHop; my official title is CMO but I wear many hats in the company -- including the 'head of marketing' one. Before SingleHop, I co-founded midPhase hosting from my college dorm room at SIUC -- which grew t...

Matt Mandell
Principal, Mandell Enterprises

Matt is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of several companies, and currently operates Condomania.com, Americas First Condom store as well as GAM Payments, a payment processing company focused on large and complex merchant accounts. Matt has directed strategy of a...

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