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Startup Sessions First Round

12/4/2013 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Please join Clean Energy Trust and co-sponsors AGL Resources and Ernst & Young on December 4th for a full day designed to bolster entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.

We have assembled an all-star cast of speakers to help you perfect your investor pitch, ramp-up your sales engine or navigate the new world of crowdfunding. The day will feature presentations by venture capitalists, legal experts, successful entrepreneurs, business profesisonals and representatives from Chicago’s biggest companies.

The event is open and relevant to ANYONE interested in entrepreneurship, not just those in the clean energy sector.

Registration is required.

Who Should Attend?

Current entrepreneurs looking to take their start-up to the next level

Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking insight and inspiration


8:00-9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00-10:00 The Art of Pitch

Pointers on delivering effective presentations, knowing your audience, and leaving evaluators with a strong and positive impression of your company.

Samir Mayekar, CEO of SiNode Systems

Steve Di Biase, President, Premier Insights, LLC

10:05-11:05 Understanding the Venture Capital Model

A deep dive into what investors are really looking for before they pull out their check books.

Amy Francetic, CEO, Clean Energy Trust

Armando Pauker, General Partner, Apex Venture Capital

John Banta, CEO and Managing Director, Illinois Ventures

David Cruikshank, Vice President, ARCH Venture Partners

11:10-12:10 Entrepreneurial Sales

You are an entrepreneur. Use entrepreneurial sales.

Craig Wortmann, Founder and CEO, Sales Engine and Associate Professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

12:10-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Lessons Learned

Listen to local entrepreneurs playing in the high-tech space as they discuss their ups and downs.

Sharon Feigon, CEO, I-GO Car Sharing

John DiNardi, Vice President of Brand Management for Hubbell

Jake Edie, VP of Business Development, AllCell Technologies

Tim Stojka, CEO Agentis Energy

2:05-3:05 Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding and general solicitation.

Matthew Brown, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenmen LLP

Mark Wood, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenmen LLP

3:10-4:10 Big Players Playing Nice

Learn how big players are working with the little guys to source solutions.

Robert Accarino, ‎Sr Director, Global Energy Strategies at Abbott Laboratories

Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America

Chris Gould, SVP Corporate Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Exelon


4:15-6:00 Networking Cocktail Reception

About Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Trust fuels clean energy innovation in the Midwest. As part of its mission, it has built one of the country’s premier business plan competitions and accelerators, which includes mentorship from business leaders and a custom curriculum series to guide young entrepreneurs through the early stages of venture development. The flagship of this program is the annual Clean Energy Challenge pitch competition held every April in Chicago. Clean Energy Trust is excited to welcome to this day members of the entire start-up community, including those outside of the clean energy sector.

Learn More: Startup Sessions First Round

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