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Itch To Start: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship & More


Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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How do you scratch that itch to start something?

An entrepreneurial mind can manifest itself in a number of ways -- some people use it to start businesses, some use it to spur innovation within their own corporate environments, and others apply that way of thinking to work for a quick-moving startup. At this event, we’ll hear from a number of entrepreneurially-minded Chicagoans who have pursued both traditional and nontraditional startup paths, from launching a business inside another business, to training people to be prepared with skills they need to work for a startup.


Brandon Copple

Brandon Copple, Executive Editor, FitchInk (formerly Forbes, Groupon, Sun-Times)

Brandon Copple’s journalism career began with an internship at the Wall Street Journal. He then spent four years as a writer at Forbes. From 2004 to 2010, he worked at Crain’s Chicago Business, first as assistant managing editor and then for five years as managing editor. In that role, he oversaw the reporting staff and news section and built the multimedia department. In 2010, Brandon became manager editor at Groupon, where he oversaw the company’s creative team. Under his leadership, that team grew from 35 to 200 writers, editors and designers. Two years later, he went to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he launched Grid and, a business magazine and website that in eight months amassed an audience of more than 130,000 monthly visitors. Brandon has a degree in history and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas.

Andy O'Dower
Andy O'Dower, Head of Product,
Andy is a startup guy with a background in tech and mobile, and is committed to improving the way people get inspired to learn using new technology. Product management, development and UX geek, he is an outdoorsman living an urban life and a mediocre guitar player. Andy thrives in startup-stage, creative and highly technical teams...and loves building those teams. His favorite things to learn include music, history, psychology and anything John Green creates. Andy moved to Chicago in 2011 when his company was accepted into Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and fell in love with the city.

Kailey Raymond
Kailey Raymond, Associate Director, Startup Institute
Kailey is responsible for building relationships with the partners of Startup Institute. Currently basedin Chicago to help launch Startup Institute's inaugural program, she leads the charge on student engagement both inside and outside of the program to promote the unique Startup Institute culture and ensures that students become integral members of the ecosystem after graduation. Kailey enjoys bad jokes, good food, writing snarky emails to Jeremy and Brian, travel, and the word y'all.


Betsy Zigler

Moderated by: Betsy Ziegler, Associate Dean of MBA Programs, Kellogg

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is associate dean of MBA programs and dean of students. Before joining the Kellogg School in 2011, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice.


6:00pm - 6:30pm: Drinks and Mingling

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A and Wrap Up

What We'll Cover:

  • What qualities entrepreneurs have
  • What distinguishes an entrepreneur from a wantrepreneur
  • How you determine if an idea is viable and has potential as a startup
  • The state of the climate in Chicago for entrepreneurs
  • How you know when it's time to jump ship when you're thinking about starting your own thing
  • And more!

You Should Attend If:
  • You're thinking about starting your own business
  • You work for a startup or big company and want to stay innovative
  • You want to hear from and mingle with some of the best entrepreneurial minds in Chicago
Have questions about Itch To Start: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship & More? Contact Ms.Tech

When & Where

Trunk Club
325 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Ms.Tech is a social impact focused membership organization with a community that provides women in innovative companies and technology ventures, the inspiration, knowledge, and connections to raise the bar and reach new possibilities.

We encourage women to develop entrepreneurial management thinking, educated risk taking, creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations, and businesses. We are a community and forum, for early, mid-career, executive, and entrepreneurial women in technology careers. Members are committed to developing themselves as leaders through education, mentorship, networking, and information sharing.

Evolve the conversation of female entrepreneurism and women technologists beyond the issue of ‘changing the ratio,’ and towards actively advancing the quality of businesses, networks and resources.


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