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Howard & Howard
Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has over 150 attorneys, serving clients from offices in Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Our business is business. As a dedicated, results-oriented law firm, we are skilled at solving the many legal challenges that confront the modern enterprise. Our attorneys have worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging businesses from inception to financing, growth and exit, counseling clients through formation, angel and venture investments, intellectual property, acquisition strategy, and immigration and employment matters.

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.

SingleHop
SingleHop is a dedicated and cloud hosting provider that offers highly scalable, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers primarily under monthly contracts.  With clients in 114 countries, four strategically located data centers (two in Chicago, one in Phoenix and one in Amsterdam) and over 12,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state-of-the-art hardware, server management customization and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.  While combining security and convenience to provide solutions for a wide range of enterprises, SingleHop remains an industry leader in providing customers with automatic provisioning, remote management and accessibility using a variety of personal devices.

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.

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.


PayPal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. 

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.

Research and Customer Development

Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester

What research can you do to validate or to kill an idea? Does the market that you choose matter? What are good markets, and what are bad markets? Do competitors matter and why? How do you define your competitive landscape? How do you determine the key assumptions of your business? Can key assumptions be tested? What are tactics to test key assumptions when you just have an idea? How do you identify and interview potential customers? What are some tactics for effective surveying?

Goal:
Test your ideas with research.
Date:
2014-10-21, 06:30 PM

Mentors


Seyi Fabode
VP, Innovation & Partnerships, Clean Energy Trust

Seyi Fabode is the VP of Innovation & Partnerships at the Clean Energy Trust (CET), charged with administering the CET's fund and helping CET Challenge alumni/investments grow their businesses. Prior to this he was the CEO/Co-founder of Power2Switch acquired by Choose Ene...

Rajesh Voddiraju
Founder & CEO, HealthiPASS Inc

Rajesh is the founder & CEO of a new Healthcare Mobile Payments Startup aimed at providing transparency into cost of care and convenience to reduce administrative inefficiencies (& cost) in disbursements/payment processing in the Healthcare system. Previously, Rajesh c...

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 ...

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