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Wednesday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Pitch Preliminaries

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Startups will pitch to judges from a variety of industries and gain feedback. From there, the judges will narrow down the competition to 10 finalists.  

Judges and Mentors
avatar for Jarrod Barnes

Jarrod Barnes

Managing Director, The Minority Entrepreneurship Institute
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jarrod Barnes currently serves as the Managing Director of the Minority Entrepreneurship Institute, a seed-stage impact investing fund that invests in minority founders across the midwest and southeast. Jarrod began his career working in collegiate and... Read More →
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Jason Brooke

Investment Partner, The Dorm Room Fund
Jason Brooke is an Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund, Investments Intern at Sapphire Ventures, and MBA Candidate at Chicago Booth - specializing in Entrepreneurship and Finance. Jason previously worked in corporate strategy as a Principal for Kaiser Associates’ FinancialServices... Read More →
avatar for Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen

Founder and CEO, asweatlife
Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of asweatlife.com a premiere wellness media destination that creates content and community to help womxn live better lives and achieve their goals. Before founding health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University... Read More →
avatar for Adam Falkof

Adam Falkof

Attorney, Quarles and Brady
Adam Falkof is one of the leaders of Quarles & Brady’s national startup practice. He has substantial experience with Chicago’s startup community and has previously launched three of his own startups. Mr. Falkof represents a number of the Midwest’s leading early-stage startups... Read More →
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Michael Fehser

Junior Associate, Quarles and Brady
Michael Fehser is a junior associate in the firm's Business Law Group. Michael has experience with corporate law matters that include negotiating, structuring, and drafting agreements related to mergers, acquisitions, and other business reorganizations; conducting corporate and intellectual... Read More →
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Mike Hewitt

Associate Professor, Loyola School of Business
Dr. Hewitt is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago, where he also serves as the Director of graduate programs in Supply Chain Management. His research includes developing... Read More →

Wednesday March 17, 2021 2:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hopin Session