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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.

Sales and Traction

Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester

How do you identify and close your very first paying customers? What are best practices to charge these first paying customers? Should you charge more or less in the beginning? How do you develop a sales funnel or conversion funnel? What are some best practices to track leads and sales? How do you hustle leads and close the first sales, whether business licenses or consumer subscriptions? How do you develop a culture of sales and generating revenues in the early days of a new company?

Goal:
Start generating traction.
Date:
2015-01-06, 06:30 PM

Mentors


Kevin Taylor
Startup Hackerpreneur and Investor

Kevin is a technologist, entrepreneur, and angel investor who was instrumental in building out DePaul University's technology entrepreneurship curriculum. He's founded several companies, including Obtiva, which he built up to $10MM a year in revenue and sold to Groupon in...

Reva Minkoff
Founder and President, DigitalGroundUp Inc. and Digital4Startups Inc.

Reva Minkoff is the Founder and President of Digital4Startups Inc. and DigitalGroundUp Inc. DigitalGroundUp, an interactive technology platform that teaches digital marketing through short interactive online courses, was recently nominated for three Founder Institute grad...

Mark Lawrence
Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero

Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early, Mark started his first business in the 2nd grade. Through his career, he quickly realized his passion for innovation, both in technology and in everyday living. This drive ultimately led Mark to the Chicago parking industry, where ...

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