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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.

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.

Startup Research

Chicago Spring 2012 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?

Goal:
Choose your business and market.
Date:
2012-06-05, 06:30 PM

Mentors


George Deeb
Managing Partner, Red Rocket Venture Partners

George Deeb is the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket Venture Partners, a consulting, shared execution and financial advisory firm for startups. From 2009-2010, George was the CEO of MediaRecall, a B2B digital video services and technology business. George lead...

Neil Kane
Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services

Neil Kane is the president and founder of Illinois Partners Executive Services, LLC, a firm which advises entrepreneurs and investors on technology commercialization. Most recently he was the CEO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2003 by l...

Adeo Ressi
Founder/CEO, Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is the founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, the world's largest startup-technology company accelerator. The Institute is the eighth startup that Mr. Ressi has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. Mr. Ressi...

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