Entrepreneurship In Illinois – Open For Business?


Entrepreneurial Roundtable

July 15, 2013: 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

What is the state of entrepreneurship in our area? What can interested parties in the public and private sectors as well as citizens and consumers contribute towards progress?


City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building
Lower level
2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Take I-88 to Route 59, go North on Route 59 and turn right at first street (Westings Drive). From Westings, take an immediate right onto Calamos Court. Parking is on right. Go to City Gate Grill. Meeting room is a down steps below City Gate Grill.

Event Details

Join us for a knowledgeable discussion with experts who dedicated their careers to help develop a dynamic new business environment in our area. In addition to welcoming audience dialogue for your perceptions on labors in this vineyard, they are well positioned to address topics such as:

  • Support for start-ups and subsequent stages of the business life cycle
  • The local equity/debt capital ecosystem, from angels to banks
  • Innovation across industry sectors, noting the area high technology presence
  • Commercialization of university discoveries

This program brought to you by KACC-West: Bill Liu


University and Entrepreneurial Roundtable members:  $15 before July 11, and $20 after July 10.

General Public:  $20 before July 11 and $25 after July 10.


Register Online

• No credit cards at door – only cash and checks
• Dress: Business casual.

Note that you can save $5 by registering by July 10.

Deadline: 7/15/2013


6:15 PM-7:00 PM: Networking with light refreshments

7:00 PM-8:45 PM: Panelist and Audience Discussions

Speaker Profiles

Linda Darragh (Panelist)
Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI)

Linda Darragh, Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI), at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, oversees one of Kellogg's four thought leadership initiatives. In this capacity she has already revised the curriculum and increased the engagement opportunities for students and alumni with respect to entrepreneurship. Linda serves on the boards of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871, TiE Midwest and ACCION Chicago. Darragh also co-founded Impact Engine, an accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses making the world a better place. Prior to joining the Kellogg faculty, Darragh served as the director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Darragh received a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor's degree from Queen's University

Mike Moyer (Panelist)
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Mike Moyer, Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth School of Business, is an entrepreneur who has started six companies and also held a number of senior level marketing positions at service and consumer product firms. The author of several books, How to Make Colleges Want You; College Peas; Trade Show Samurai; and Slicing Pie (on dividing up equity in early stage companies), Moyer has taught entrepreneurship at both Northwestern and Chicago Booth and is a past winner of Booth's New Venture Challenge. Moyer earned his BA from the University of Kansas, MS from Northwestern University, and MBA from the University of Chicago.


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