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Tech Cocktail's Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark and Speaker Series

Tech Cocktail

Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Tech Cocktail Ticket (Early Bird)   more info Ended $15.00 $1.37
Tech Cocktail Ticket (Standard)   more info Ended $20.00 $1.49
Tech Cocktail Ticket (Last Minute)   more info Ended $25.00 $1.62
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Hey Chicago, the Mixer parade is coming your way!  We'll be kicking off the event with inspiring talks from followed by the traditional demo style startup showcase; served over cocktails, of course. and Tech Cocktail, cordially invite you to an innovative speaker series event to kick off the Tech Cocktail Mixer.  Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for innovation and technology.


Jeff Hoffman - Founder & Partner at ColorJar, LLC

Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment. Having launched his first software company while still a student at Yale University, Hoffman has founded and grown a series of successful startup companies in his career, guiding his companies to both acquisitions and public offerings.

Jeff writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine, and works with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the US State Department, and the US Department of Commerce to support business and economic growth initiatives all over the world.

Tej Brar - Director, Enterprise Architecture,


As Director of Enterprise Architecture at, Tej Brar is responsible for developing and executing on the company’s technology strategy as well as the design and integration of its the components. This means aligning technology to support’s strategic goals as well as seek out opportunities to leverage technology as a competitive advantage.


Before joining, Tej held several positions at large corporations as well as some startups.  He has had the good fortune to have played many different roles in IT, managing software engineers, business analysts, project managers, architects and testing teams of up to 600 people having worked across the U.S., Canada, India, the U.K. and China. 


Tej is a nerd at heart, a cross fit junkie and an avid traveler. He graduated from York University in Toronto with degree in Computer Science and a Canadian accent.



Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup ShowcaseNetworking need not feel like work.  That's why Tech Cocktail Mixers focus on infusing fun into what is normally a stale experience.  The premise is simple; we bring together your regions hottest startups, Mix with local tech enthusiasts and serve over cocktails.  Whether you're seeking a new job, looking to build a new connection to take your business to the next level, or simply looking for an exciting environment to break up the week, Tech Cocktail Mixers are the perfect way to serve up a healthy dose of fun and value into your week.



Title Sponsor,


Title Sponsor, Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark 

The Microsoft BizSpark program provides technology, support, visibility, and community to promising startups and entrepreneurs at no charge.


Gold Sponsor, 

Gold Sponsor, CentricSource

Gold Sponsor, ChicagoMicro


Partner, American Airlines

american airlines

Community Partner, Saper Law Offices  


Community Partner, Frost Ruttenber & Rothblatt 

Community Partner, GeneXus USA

Media Partner, Hoffman Media


Helping startups get exposure – Tech Cocktail offers a handful of startups an opportunity to show off in an expo-style to the rest of the CHICAGO entrepreneurial community for FREE. Startup Showcase Now Closed.


~ ~ Vote For Your Favorite Startup ~ ~

Blog Into Book




Project Travel


Reading Glue


Spare to Share

Sportech Labs

Tronton LLC




Connecting the technology community – At Tech Cocktail events you are bound to connect with potential new employees, developers, designers and more. Tech Cocktail could be the place where you meet your next employee, co-founder or even get a date. If you are a company looking to hire, you can also leverage the Tech Cocktail Job Board to get the message out early – or you could sponsor the event and use it as your own personal job fair. Click here to contact us for sponsorship information. 


Interested in sponsoring Tech Cocktail Chicago? Tech Cocktail offers a range of sponsorship options for every budget. Whether you're looking to just support the event so local startups can get more coverage, or leverage the event to get exposure around your product or company (or find people to hire!), we have affordable opportunities for you. Learn how your company can be a part of the event here.

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Tech Cocktail ( is a media company that covers the latest tech innovations across the globe. Tech Cocktail has been hosting mixer events and writing about technology start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country with the focus of helping to amplify the local technology signal since 2006. We have hosted large events in Chicago, D.C., NY, San Francisco, Boston, Boulder, San Diego, Detroit, Boise, Austin, Barcelona and more. Read more about Tech Cocktail. 


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222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Tech Cocktail

Tech.Co is a media company focused on better connecting, educating and amplifying the start-up technology community and showcasing the latest tech innovations.

Tech Cocktail events, produced by Tech.Co, are aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities. During past mixer events we've had companies find employees, co-founders, funding and some start-ups have even been acquired. We love it when that happens.

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