Schedule


October 25th
FUND Conference Motivational KickOff Day
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Access to this KickOff event is only offered to the Exhibiting Entrepreneurs and VIP ticketholders.
Location Polsinelli - 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago IL, 60606
12:00 PM REGISTRATION
12:30 PM Open Networking
1:00 PM Opening Keynote: Manuel Amezcua 
1:25 PM Panel: From Startup to Exit
Moderator: Jeff Rossett
Panelists: Cassie Boorn, Jeremie Bacon, Crystal Pennington
2:00 PM Keynote: Pitch Perfect 
Rajiv Nathan
2:30 PM Keynote: Partnering with Not for Profits 
Jim Kales
2:55 PM Break
3:05 PM Panel: Athletes Turned Angels 
Moderator: Carol Abrahamson 
Panelists: Corey Mays, Ryan Mundy
3:40 PM Panel: Scaling to Success 
Moderator: Katie Stewart
Panelists: William Cordes, Mark Vargas, Tiffany Mikell, Joseph Knecht
4:15 PM Keynote: 6 Principles of Winning 
Desmond Clark 
5:00 PM Closing Remarks
5:10 PMEND OF SHOW
5:15 PM FUND Official Pre-Party:
The Godfrey Hotel: 127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
October 26th 
FUND Conference 2017
Location Venue SIX10 - 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Main Stage (Feinberg Theater)Entrepreneur Expo (9th & 10th Floors)
8:00 AM REGISTRATION REGISTRATION
8:30 AM REGISTRATION REGISTRATION
9:00 AM Opening Remarks Open
9:05 AM Keynote: Marianne HudsonOpen
9:40 AM Panel: Working the Midwest
Is it really us against the world? How VCs source, collaborate and compete across the region. 

Moderator: Presented by Blue Sky 
Panelists: Gerri Kahnweiler, Matthew McCall, Bong Koh
Open
10:30 AM Fireside Chat
Kevin Willer, Raman Chadha
Moderator: Terri Friel

Open
11:05 AM Panel: Please Not Another....
We all love a good ‘Uber for Whatever,’ but what trends are so truly overhyped that VCs never want to hear about them again … and what emerging trends ARE worth getting excited about?

Moderator: Presented by Blue Sky 
Panelists: Derek Lindblom, Ryan Fischer, Lakshmi Shenoy
Open
11:40 AM Keynote: Mike EvansOpen
12:00 PM Lunch - OffsiteOpen
12:35 PM Keynote: John RichardsOpen
1:00 PM Panel: MBA or Nah?
Should you get one? Should you hire someone who has one? How do the traditionally credentialed fit in to your startup? 

Moderator: Presented By Blue Sky 
Panelists: Mohanbir Sawhney, Megan McCann, Amanda Lannert, Swati Chaturvedi
Open
1:35 PM Panel: How to Millennial
It affects every industry and brings some unique challenges to the entrepreneurial world: How do you bring out the best of millennials — whether you are one yourself or just work with them as associates, founders — and customers?                                                                                                                                   Moderator: Michael Stark                                                                                                                   Panelists: Jason Will, Courtney White, Nick Brown, Shagun Agarwal

Open
2:10 PM Fireside Chat                                                                                 Adam Hughes
Open
2:45 PM Panel: Autonmous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence
AI is driving the future of autonomous cars. How are investors assessing opportunity in the autonomous vehicle space? Also hear from mobility focused companies pushing into this space from right here in Chicago.                                                                                                                                                           Moderator: Cayse Llorens                                                                                                                 Panelists: Joe Renz, Cory Hohs, Krystian Gebis

Open
3:20 PM Panel: FUNDed at FUND
Shared Success Stories.                                                                                                                     Moderator: Jason Komosa
Panelists: Sterling Douglas, Jason Seiden, Vivek Mehra 
Open
3:55 PM Closing Keynote: To Be Announced SoonOpen
4:20 PMTop 10 at FUND 2017 Startup Pitch
Open
4:35 PM Awards Ceremony + Midwest Next Awards Open
4:50 PM Closing Remarks Close
5:00 PMEND OF SHOW
6:00 PMFUND Official After-Party

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