"Angels & Entrepreneurs" luncheon presentation at the Union League Club of Chicago, on Monday April 16, 2012
On April 16th David Lynam and Todd Hext, co-chairs of the ULCC Entrepreneur Group, will be your hosts for a luncheon discussion featuring the vibrant "angel" investor community in Chicago, and how Chicago's start ups are faring in the current environment. The luncheon will be highlighted by a presentation by Jeff Carter of the Hyde Park Angels, Professor Raman Chadha of the DePaul Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and Kevin Willer of the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center.
The luncheon will begin with an 11:30 a.m. reception followed by the program at noon. The dress code at the Union League Club is business attire.
Our guest speakers for this special event are:
Raman Chadha is an entrepreneurship educator and expert who has mentored hundreds of startups and early-stage entrepreneurs. From 1995-2003, he ran a strategy consulting firm, working with over 200 clients from startup to $15 million in revenues. In 2003, Raman helped launch DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, which he helped build into one of Chicago's most respected university-based entrepreneurship centers.
Through the Coleman Center, Raman assembled the DePaul Blue Angel Network and introduced Chicago's first angel investing educational programs: the Angel Academy seminar series for investors, and Meet the Angels, a quarterly forum for entrepreneurs. Although he recently left the Coleman Center, Raman continues to teach entrepreneurship at DePaul and is a visible participant in Chicago's entrepreneurial community.
Raman holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Kevin is the President & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. In this role, he leads the CEC's efforts to identify and enable high potential entrepreneurs to build the next generation of high-growth companies in the Chicago area. Since 2003, the CEC has helped our client entrepreneurs secure $268.5 million in revenue, raise $160 million in financing, and create or retain 6,350 jobs.
Prior to the CEC, Kevin co-founded Google's Chicago office in late 2000. In his 10+ years with Google, Kevin helped expand the office to more than 400 professionals. In his initial business development role, he created partnerships with large marketers and agencies including Dell, United Airlines, Sears, State Farm, Omnicom, and Publicis. From 2005-2011, Kevin led Google's Telecom Industry practice where his teams managed marketing partnerships with several of the largest telecommunications corporations including AT&T, Sprint, and Motorola.
Kevin earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has a Bachelor's degree from Boston College, and studied at the London School of Economics.
Jeff Carter, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Hyde Park Angels, the fastest growing angel group in the US. Hyde Park Angels is an organization that provides a forum for entrepreneurial-minded members to invest in seed and early stage businesses, primarily located in the Midwest.
Mr. Carter blogs atpointsandfigures.com, hydeparkangels.com, and has been seen on all the major financial networks as a commentator.
He received an undergraduate degree from the College of Business at the University of Illinois, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Please join us for this fun and informative luncheon.