Origami Idea Challenge & Cocktail Reception - Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join Origami Capital Partners for drinks, appetizers and networking at the Trump Hotel in the stunning Grand Salon room.  The Chicago-based private equity fund will discuss the Origami Idea Challenge and how to develop an innovative idea.  In addition to awarding $130,000 in cash prizes, Origami is offering the chance to turn your big ideas into a reality and take them forward as a part of the Origami team. 

Learn more about the Origami Idea Challenge at www.OrigamiChallenge.com.  Judges include luminary investors Ralph Wanger, founder & CEO of the Columbia Acorn Funds for 40 years; Michael Polsky, founder, President, and CEO of Invenergy LLC; and Richard Elden, founder of Grosvenor Capital Management, a $20 billion investment firm. 

5:30 - 6:00pm - Registration

6:00 - 7:00pm  - Origami Idea Challenge Presentation

7:00 - 7:30pm - Cocktail Reception

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Speaker Bios:

Thomas Elden founded Origami Capital Partners in 2008.  He was also a founding member of Lakeview Opportunity Fund, a fund of activist funds, and Lakeview Capital Management, LLC, a Chicago-based investment firm. He serves on the investment committee of the Irving Harris Foundation, and has been managing multi-manager hedge fund portfolios since 1993.  Prior to forming Lakeview in 1999, Mr. Elden was a partner with Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P., a $24 billion fund of hedge funds, which he joined in 1993.  Previously, he held positions at SEI Corporation and Sterling Capital Ltd., a leveraged buyout firm.  Mr. Elden is a graduate of the University of Chicago (AB) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA).  Mr. Elden has been a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder since 1995, and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

Jeff Young joined Origami in 2009.  His principal expertise is in completing complex transactions and building businesses.  He founded, and later sold, Young & Associates, a consulting firm that provided infrastructure development services to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, PCS, PrimeCo, MetroPCS and other wireless carriers.  In January 2001, Mr. Young sold his 80-person company to O2 Wireless Solutions (NASDAQ: OTWO).  Subsequently, he used his real estate expertise to make opportunistic investments in distressed real estate, selling most of his holdings in January of 2006.  Mr. Young received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1993 and is admitted in California and Nevada.