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Monday, March 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Chicago Startup Week Kickoff Event & Fireside Chat w/ Chris Gladwin

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Join us as we introduce Chicago Startup Week, highlight some of the key contributors and inspire students to pursue entrepreneurship and innovation in Chicago.

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Brad Schnitzer

Program Manager, Techstars
Program Manager at Techstars Chicago.Founder/Lead Organizer of Chicago Startup Week. Founding member of mHUB Chicago and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. Serves on the board of Humanity Rising, Miracle League of Music City, and the... Read More →
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Abin Kuriakose

Innovation & Venture Strategy (ChicagoNEXT), World Business Chicago
Abin Kuriakose is EVP of Innovation & Venture Strategy (ChicagoNEXT) at World Business Chicago’s (WBC). Chaired by the Mayor, WBC is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as as a leading global... Read More →
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Michael Fassnacht

Chief Marketing Officer, City of Chicago
EVP, Director of Customer Inteligence, Draftfcb, Chicago2006CEO & Co-Founder, Loyalty Matrix, San Francisco2002 - 2005SVP, Client Services, Netcentives, San Francisco2000 -2002General Manager, Lufthansa Miles & More, Frankfurt1996-2000
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Chris Gladwin

CEO and Co-Founder, Ocient
In 2004, Chris founded Cleversafe which became the largest and most strategic object storage vendor in the world (according to IDC). He raised over $100M and led the company to a $1.4B exit in 2015 when IBM acquired them. The technology he started generated over 1,000 patents granted... Read More →
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Lori Lightfoot

Mayor, City of Chicago
Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments... Read More →

Monday March 15, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Hopin Main Stage

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