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Chicago Startup Week 2021

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Samir Mayekar

Deputy Mayor of Economic and Neighborhood Development

Lori Lightfoot

Mayor of Chicago

Vic Mensa

Founder of savemoneysavelife

Kristi Ross

Co-Founder, Co-CEO and President of tastytrade

Brad Keywell

Founder and CEO of Uptake

Chris Gladwin

CEO and Co-Founder of Ocient

Rich Alapack

Founder of wealllivehere

Ragy Amin

Student at UChicago

Katja Berthold

University Representative Lead for CSW 2021

Justine Bracco

Team Lead for CSW 2021

Dr. Evan Brown

Founder and CEO of Meet and Teach

Sarah Brincks

University Representative for CSW 2021

Dennis Estrada

University Representative for CSW 2021

Seth Green

Founding Director at the Baumhart Center

Heather Harper

Founder of Harper Legal

Kevin Jain

1st Year MBA Candidate at Chicago Booth

Miranda Lee

Venture Partner at Contrary

Paul Leroux

Presentation Trainer and Speech Coach at Twain Associates

Sergio Marrero

Founding Partner at Rebel One Ventures

Eddy Mejia

Category Manager at Intel

Scott Metcalf

Director of Pre-Professional Programs at UChicago

Bill Moller

President of Bill Moller Communications

Stacy Neier

Senior Lecturer at Loyola

Julie Roth Novack

CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate

Jack Pio

Operations Manager for CSW 2021

Bill Reichert

Partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures

Ashley Ritter

Career Coach at Loyola University

Maryam Saleh

Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute

Thru Shivakumar

CEO and Co-Founder of Cohesion

Brian Sykes

Project Manager at Insomniac Studios

Taylor Mason

Chef at Taylor's Tacos

Guy Turner

Managing Director at Hyde Park Venture Partners

Dante Vaisbort

General Partner at LTF Ventures

Adam Falkof

Attorney at Quarles and Brady

Jarrod Barnes

Managing Director at The Minority Entrepreneurship Institute

Jason Brooke

Investments Partner at The Dorm Room Fund

Jeana Anderson Cohen

Founder and CEO of asweatlife

Michael Fehser

Junior Associate at Quarles and Brady

Mike Hewitt

Associate Professor at Loyola

Nik Rokop

Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Illinois Tech

Lior Ron

Head of Uber Freight

Jeremy Borchardt

Development Manager at mHUB

Caitlin Botsios

Co-Founder and CIO at Helix Chicago

Montana Butsch

Founder of Spotivity

Ritwik Divakaruni

Technical Product Manager at Oracle

Jessica Dixon

Head of HR at Tradewater

Kaitlyn Doyle

Director of TechNexus

Salvador Duenas

Startups Manager at Future Founders

Mona Fang

Founder of Karma Trade

Rohan Gupta

CEO and Co-Founder of QuillBot

Aleeza Huda

Student at Lane Tech

Jewel Ifeguni

Founder and CEO of YouMatter Studios(YMS)

Keilin Jahnke

Teaching Assistant Professor at UIUC

Ilalee Harrison James

Lecturer at UIUC

Seungah Jeong


Erin Karam

CTO at dina

Naomi Kent

President of In Touch

Anu Kris

CEO and Co-Founder of Akris Global

Connor Lake

Founder and CEO of Stackend Solutions

Tom Marren

Founder and Managing Partner at Southport Group

Joseph Norton

Chairperson at Next Era Transformation Group

Mike Raab

Associate Director at The Garage

Matthew Rastovac

Co-Founder and Head of Engineering at Atmos

Ben Ray

CEO and Co-Founder of VRTUmind

Ashish Shah

Co-Founder and CEO of dina

Henry Soong

Product Manager at Facebook

Dani Zuchovicki

Program and Curriculum Coordinator at The Hatchery

Nicole Bond

University Representative for CSW 2021

Anna Sheehan

University Representative for CSW 2021

Andrew Guardia

Creative Director for CSW 2021

Yamilett Estrada-Reyes

Student at Lane Tech

Jeremy Docken

Founder and CEO of Kalderos

Ibraheem Alinur

Co-Founder of City Health Tech

Sarah Ather

Application Developer at CNA Insurance

Vijay Chattha

Founder and CEO of VSC

Brad Schnitzer

Program Manager at Techstars

Abin Kuriakose

Innovation & Venture Strategy (ChicagoNEXT) at World Business Chicago

Michael Fassnacht

Chief Marketing Officer for the City of Chicago

Lilia Kogan

Propel Program Manager at the Garage

Yasmeena Faycurry

Founder of Unfound

Charles Adler

Co-Founder of Kickstarter

Julia Haried

Co-founder and Executive Director of MakerGirl

Dr. Garry Cooper

Co-Founder and CEO of Rheaply

Alexandra Medina

Software Engineering Associate at Accenture

Amor Montesdeoca

Executive Director of Illinois Women in Cannabis

Paul Polizzotto

Founder and CEO of Givewith

Manu Edakara

Program Director of iVenture Accelerator

Britney Robbins

Founder and CEO of The Gray Matter Experience

Jovoney Morton

Design and Project Management Intern at The Gray Matter Experience

Claire Powell

Student at Illinois Tech

Kelly Leonard

Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation at Second City Works

Jesse Case

Musical Producer at The Second City

Meighan Newhouse

Co-Founder and CEO of Inspirant Group

Dan Willenborg

Co-Founder and CEO of AptAmigo

Lilliana De Souza

Incoming Software Engineering for Captain

April Lane Schuster

Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Loyola University's Quinlan School of Business

Lucas Peralta

Associate Director for College and Cross Campus Programs at The Polsky Center

Dana Todd Pope

Founder of Fearlessly Hue

Nirav Modi

Founder and CEO of Cevona

Jane Castro

Program Manager at Future Founders

Will Rush

Business Development at CoinFlip

Dana Sun

Senior Associate at OCA Ventures

Samantha Shepperd

Product Architecture and Design at Architect 1

Prashant Shah

Partner at Monta Vista Capital

Hannah Fernandez

Founder and CEO of ROI Business Funding

Anthony Tassone

Founder and CEO of GreenKey

Leith Akkawi

Founder and CEO of DeCypher DataLabs LLC

Nate Nichols

Chief Scientist at Narrative Science

Jared Lorince

Data Intelligence Technical Lead at Narrative Science

Arshya Srinivas

Data Science intern at SONIC Research Group

Alida Miranda-Wolff

CEO and Founder of Ethos

Jessica Zweig

Founder and CEO of The SimplyBe Agency

George Khalife

Vice President of Capital Formation at TSX

Dr. Kate Wolin

Principal at Circea

John Godoy

Professional Speaker and Communication Skills Coach at John Godoy Lifestyle

Corina Cuevas-Pahl

Talent Management & Organizational Development Consultant at Lockheed Martin

Amanda Harshbarger

Venture Capital Associate at M25

Olga Niamera

Recruiting Lead at Mojo Trek

Casey Bogin

Account Manager at Cast21

Jahmal Cole

Founder and CEO of My Block My Hood My City

Jonathan McGee

Founder and CEO of Global Organization for Applied Political Leadership

Steven Platt

Founder and Chief Dev. Officer at

Marc Gyöngyösi

CEO of

Kamalesh Srikanth

Solution Engineer at AlertOps

Mechie Nkengla

Chief Data Strategist at Data Products

Biju Nair

EVP and President of HYLA Mobile

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The mission of the 2021 Chicago Startup Week is to establish a supportive Chicago-based entrepreneurial community made up of students from various universities and high schools, and industry professionals/entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.

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