Food tech is a booming industry. TechCrunch says food and grocery delivery has been one of the hottest VC sectors. More than $1 billion was invested in 2014, an almost fourfold increase year-on-year with an additional half a billion dollars invested in Q1 2015, according to CB Insights. In 2015, global investment reached $5.74 billion across 275 venture capital deals, according to Inc. Restaurants have incorporated self-service ordering kiosks and mobile ordering into their processes. And in the not too distant future, fast food will be prepared by robots.
Join us for a conversation with some of the brightest and most innovative food tech business leaders. Learn how the ideas were developed and the steps they took to launch their respective companies. Guests will also enjoy samples of the food & beverages or food products of our panelists’ companies. Celebrate the holidays with our ABI.Chicago members and other influencers in tech. And spread the word. Mixers are always better with friends!
Our panelists include:
Riana Lynn, Co-Founder & CEO, FoodTrace
Curt Jones, Co-Founder, Beaded Distribution Company, LLC
Cheryl Kemp, Business Development Manager, Groupon To Go
Dave Osborne, Chicago General Manager, Instacart
Rajesh Karmani, Founder, ZeroPercent
The Welcome will be delivered by Bruce Leech, Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
6:00 – 6:30 PM Networking and Bites
7:00 – 8:00 PM Introductions & Food Tech Panel
8:00 – 8:30 PM Closing Remarks and Networking
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski will have jewelry for sale as well and 30% of the proceeds will be given to our chapter! See Sherrell Reed to find some baubles for yourself or someone else. Or you can buy online through DEC. 16TH.
Metered parking is available on the street. Also, you can use the SpotHero or ParkWhiz apps as an alternative for a lower cost.Discounted parking is also available in the Grant Park and Millennium Park Garages. For more information, visit http://www.MillenniumGarages.com or call 312-616-0600.If you want to use another service, download the Lyft mobile app. New users can receive 5 free rides valued at $10 each. Go to https://t.co/92f2NK3RZX and enter LASHON053778.
Interested in sponsoring? Register for one of our event sponsorship opportunities. Connect with our industry professionals, media, and supporters from academia. For questions, reach out to La’Shon Anthony. The deadline to sign up is November 25th.
Follow the conversation with the hashtags #ABIdotCHI and #foodtech. Have a question for our panelists? Ask on Twitter with #ABIdotCHI and maybe your question will be answered.
The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) was established in 2003 with support from The Coleman Foundation. Their mission is to equip students and entrepreneurs with knowledge & skills to explore opportunities, launch & grow ventures, and make successful transitions. CEC advises, inspires and connects the DePaul community through offices at 1 E. Jackson in Chicago and at 1871. The Executive Director is Bruce Leech and its the place where:
– Students can find real-world guidance in starting or growing a business.
– Chicago-area startups and other companies can find employees & interns. Seasoned entrepreneurs can connect with students to advise and mentor them as they launch new ventures.
– Their programs & events are designed for students, DePaul alumni and the wider Chicago business community.
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Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
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Chicago, IL 60604