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Chicago Startup Ideation Bootcamp - from the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Founders or prospective Founders with a product management, project management or design background.
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Event Details

So you have an idea for a startup, do you? But what is the next step?  This is it.

In just three hours, the Startup Ideation Bootcamp will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas, and even recruit potential cofounders. Join us for a fun evening.

What is the Startup Ideation Bootcamp?

The Startup Ideation Bootcamp provides expert advice with real-world practice. The evening begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to teach you the components of good and bad startup ideas. For example, is your market big enough, is there organic growth potential, and a clear path to profitability? Then, attendees can share their ideas with both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. The evening format is based on the best practices of the Founder Institute, the largest pre-seed incubator in the world. Light snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who has an idea for an early-stage company.
  • Anyone that is interested starting or joining a new startup.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the Founder Institute.

What is the Agenda?

Founder Talks
06:00 to 06:30 PM - Welcome to Ideation Bootcamp!
06:30 to 07:00 PM - Sal Cilella on Startup Ideation

07:00 to 07:30 PM - David Roth on Branding Innovative Ventures
07:30 to 07:45 PM - Break

Idea Feedback

07:45 to 08:30 PM - Attendee Sharing Ideas to the Audience w/ Feedback
08:30 to 09:00 PM - Speed Idea Sharing to Peers
09:00 to 11:00 PM - Drinks at a Local Bar

Who will be Speaking?
The Local Director of the Founder Institute, as well as some of the program's highest rated Mentors, will speak and provide feedback on company pitches. Confirmed speakers include:

Sal Cilella, Associate Partner, gravitytank

An accomplished interaction designer, Sal specializes in leading teams to create compelling consumer experiences that create measurable value for clients. During his tenure at gravitytank (www.gravitytank.com), Sal has focused primarily on designing next-generation mobile and consumer electronics experiences. Sal established and manages gravitytank’s Interaction Design group and has a BA from Notre Dame, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an adjunct faculty member at IIT's Institute of Design

David Roth, Founder and Managing Partner, Get Stirred Up

David is the founder and managing partner of Get Stirred Up (www.getstirredup.com), the Chicago-based strategy + design duo he runs with creative director, Rick Bacher, where they focus on the branding side of innovation. Get Stirred Up works closely with executives of early-stage and established companies in both the B2B and B2C arenas. David is also the founder and managing partner of Innovestment Partners LLC, a “New Venture Activator” that cultivates and manages a portfolio of its own innovative products, services or technologies in a broad variety of industries, all of which are positioned right out of the gate as strategic opportunities for the corporate venture channel. A serial (and cereal) entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in launching or supporting new ventures, David gained significant notoriety for the popular all-cereal restaurant franchise he co-founded with Bacher, Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe—where he served as CEO and chairman prior to its acquisition by the parent company of Cold Stone Creamery in 2007. 


What is the Founder Institute?


The Founder Institute is a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. Through our four month pre-seed incubator program, you can launch your dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit your day job. Our unique Bonus Pool also shares equity upside with all participants, creating local, teamwork-based ecosystems where great startups can flourish. In less than two years of operation, the Founder Institute has already helped launch over 400 technology companies in over 20 cities worldwide.

How do I join the Institute?


Learn more about the Founder Institute here.

If you could benefit from expert training, advice and feedback to launch a meaningful and enduring technology company, apply today. If you apply using the link below and show up to the event, you will be invited to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free; 





Thank you, and enjoy!

As a special bonus, just for attending, you will also receive a $50 credit for Elance services to help build your startup through hiring and managing in the cloud. Just show up and we'll take care of the rest! 

Have questions about Chicago Startup Ideation Bootcamp - from the Founder Institute? Contact The Founder Institute

When & Where

114 W. Illinois St, Floor 3
Chicago, IL 60654

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 companies in 5 years. The company's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

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