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Rising Together: The Story of Chicago's Innovation Ecosystem

February 11th, 20214:00 pm - 5:15 pm

World-changing innovations. Unexpected collaborations. Big risks, big exits, and big imaginations. Chicago has it all.

But how do we get to the next step? And what role do each of us play?

This event on February 11th reveals the narrative of the formation, growth and potential future of the Chicago Innovation Ecosystem, as told by some of the people who have led it. Join us in writing the next growth chapter for our city.

This event will consist of a panel discussion followed by breakout rooms led by Howard Tullman, Sandee Kastrul, Marc Shiffman, Caralynn Collens, Michael Krauss and Linda Darragh.

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Matt McCall

Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital . Invested in over 60 companies and 500 financing including investments in startups acquired by Amazon, Google, Disney, and others.

Maria Wynne

CEO of Leadership Greater Chicago, the region's premiere civic leadership development organization. Previous roles include CEO of the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and technology leader at Microsoft and Xerox.

Sam Yagan

CEO of Shoprunner. Sold Shoprunner to FedEx in December 2020; Previous CEO of Match Group; Co-founded OkCupid, Sparknotes, and Techstars Chicago.

Andrea Zopp

Managing Director of Cleveland Avenue. Previous roles include CEO of World Business Chicago; Deputy Mayor of Chicago; and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.

Brenna Berman

CEO of City Tech Collaborative. Previous roles include Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago, and Senior Executive at IBM.

Hardik Bhatt

GM of Digital Governance, VCs and Startups for Amazon Web Services. Previous roles include Chief Information Officer for the State of Illinois, and Internet of Everything leader at Cisco.

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