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Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Reserve a sponsorship   more info Ended Free $0.00
Funded ( > $2,000,000) OR 50+ employees   more info Ended $950.00 $9.95
Funded ( < $2,000,000) AND < 50 employees   more info Ended $650.00 $9.95
The Unfunded Startup   more info Ended $200.00 $5.99
Additional Reps: Must also purchase one of the above tickets   more info Ended $30.00 $1.74
Attendee Resume Book
Receive a copy of all attendees resumes. You must also purchase employer ticket to be eligible for the Resume Book.
Ended $99.00 $3.47

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UNCUBED brings together emerging companies and talented attendees in an exciting environment showcasing startup culture.

With great speakers and panels, music, and workshops, UNCUBED attracts graduates from the best schools in the country and experienced attendees looking to move on from their “traditional” careers.


Here's what TechCrunch had to say: 

 Normally I wouldn’t write about another talent fair, but I want to encourage this informal approach to recruiting...Cheers to Uncubed for planning a recruiting event you might actually want to hang out at.



  • 50+ of Chicago's most impressive emerging companies on display with interactive booths staffed by Founders, CEO's, CTO's and other key influencers.
  • A full day of exploring career opportunities, discovering new products and interacting with the most influential folks in the Chicago technology sector.

  • Startup Storytellers
  • Open Bar
  • Live Art Battle
  • Great Music
  • On-site Happy Hour
  • Ping Pong Tournament

Hosted at the beautiful River East Arts Center


The Schedule

1:00 - 7:00: The Main Event

  • 50 employers will meet with talented attendees
2:00 – 4:00: Art Battle Kicks Off: Round 1

2:00 – 3:00: Startup Storytellers

3:15 – 4:15: Speaker Series: “The future of innovation in Chicago”

4:15 – 6:15: First Round of Art Battle Decided. Round 2: Two Finalists Face Off

4:30 – 5:30: Speaker Series: “Culture Club” 

5:30 – Paper Napkin Pitch Selection of top 5 pitches

6:00 – Five Paper Napkin Pitch Finalists Pitch Their Idea

6:30 – Announce Art Battle Winner & Paper Napkin Pitch Winner

7:00 – Main event ends

7:00 – 9:00: Happy Hour

Speakers Include:
  • Fred Hoch, President & CEO, Illinois Technology Association (ITA) and Founder of TechNexus
  • Neal Sales Griffin, Founder & CEO, The Starter League
  • Troy Henikoff, CEO and Co-Founder, Excelerate
  • Joshua Hernandez, Founder In Residence, Lightbank
  • Lon Chow, General Partner, Apex Venture Partners
  • Andrew Sieja, President and CEO, kCura
  • Seth Kravitz, CoFounder of Technori & Bow Truss Coffee
  • Alex Campbell, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vibes
  • Sandee Kastrul, President and co-founder, i.c.stars
  • Juan Benitez, CTO, Braintree
  • Emerson Spartz, CEO, Spartz Media
  • Peter Merholz, peterme.com

Here's what companies have said about UNCUBED

“Uncubed is hands down the best career networking event 33Across attends (coast to coast). We have had major success and have hired numerous stellar 33Xrs from Uncubed! - 33Across

“Uncubed provides a unique talent fair experience for both candidates and employers. Their events are thoughtful, productive and enjoyable – and you can’t say that often about a talent fair. We can’t wait for the next event!” - Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow

“Uncubed has provided ideeli with fresh talent. We made three successful hires last season and met with many qualified professionals. It was a huge success.” - Ideeli


Stats from our last event in NYC

  • 85 Startups & High Growth Companies including Tumblr, Spotify, Stack Overflow, Meetup & Etsy
  • 1100 Attendees
  • Technical talent: 52% (30% career developers)
  • Average grad year: 2006 
  • Currently employed full time but looking for a better fit: 50%
  • Employers that interview after the event: 82%
  • Companies that make at least 1 hire: 40%
  • Event coverage by TechCrunch, Betabeat


  • Companies are subject to post-purchase review (if your company does not meet the profile of an "Uncubed" employer, your ticket will be cancelled. You will receive a full refund.) 
  • Please contact us with any questions. help@uncube.me



If you're a company looking to hire and evoke the cultural and lifestlye philosophy of an "uncubed" work environment, you're eligible to be one of the 50 companies chosen to participate in Chicago UNCUBED.



We work closely with the local tech community and the nation's best universities to invite a high caliber of talent to the event. Our goal is to encourage talented employees currently working in traditional careers to consider the attractive opportunities that the startup culture can offer both personally & professionally.


If you are looking to hire, are a champion of the growing startup community in Chicago, and are looking for great branding opportunities, then UNCUBED is a perfect fit.

You will you be one of a select group of companies with exposure to big brands, investors, press, and influencers, and as far as hiring goes, results are very strong. Over 80% of employers conduct formal interviews and roughly 40% are making at least one hire from the event, saving thousands of dollars and incalculable hours.

At the event you will have exclusive access to talent curated from the top programs in the country, most of whom have a considerable amount of real work experience (our average graduation year is 2006).

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River East Art Center
435 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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