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From Startup to Scaleup

July 27th, 20214:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Going from idea-stage to billion-dollar company is every entrepreneur’s dream. But few people have turned this vision into reality. Tune in to learn the hard-knock lessons of how to start and scale a company with Chicago innovators who have experienced the roller coaster ride.

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Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures. In addition to leading Chicago's most active seed stage venture capital firm, Kevin is the former CEO of 1871 and co-founded the Google Chicago office.

Steven Galanis

Founder and CEO, Cameo. Launched 5 years ago, Cameo is valued at over $1 billion; Time Magazine's "50 Most Genius Companies" and Fast Company's "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies"

Katlin Smith

Founder and CEO, Simple Mills. Won University of Chicago business school competition in 2013, now the #1 natural baking mix and #1 natural cracker brand in the U.S., Simple Mills is in over 20,000 stores nationwide.

Jon Morris

Founder and CEO, Ramsay Innovations; Founder, Rise Interactive. At age 30 with only $10,000, Jon started Rise Interactive. When he sold Rise 16 years later, it was one of the largest independent digital agencies in the world.

Dutta Satadip

Chief Customer Officer, ActiveCampaign. After starting with 15 employees in 2016, this marketing technology company has raised over $360 million in 5 years and is now valued at over $3 billion.

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