our spring 21 program series covers actionable content and insights on key topics from a cross section of startups and investors.
explore our latest round of speakers below.

midwest.tech/conversations | sourcing talent
march 12 | 12-1pm CT

The hunt for engaged, diverse talent in our remote work world has evolved rapidly, especially in the past year. Our workplaces are transforming, and across industries we are being called to meet the current moment. From tools to source technical talent developed by a former recruiter, a founder actively scaling his team, a founder working to develop women leadership, and a VC supporting her portfolio's talent needs, join us as we dive in on sourcing talent for the 2021 workplace and beyond.
Elliott Garms
Garry Cooper
Founder and CEO
Suzanne Muchin
Lindsay Knight
Chicago Ventures
midwest.tech/conversations | b2b sales engine | presented by Sales Assembly
march 15 | 12-1pm CT

Join Sales Assembly for an illuminating talk on B2B sales strategy. Topics will include defining how each role in the sales process attracts and closes your ideal client persona, planning for how you will switch to isolated roles from a hybrid model as you scale, structuring roles to build a scalable sales engine, and creating hybrid sales/operators to drive early growth. This is one session you don't want to miss!
Christina Brady
Sales Assembly
Todd Caponi
Sales Melon
midwest.tech/conversations | vc ama
march 18 | 12-1.30pm CT

Closing out our midwest.tech/conversations series is a full stop, Midwest VC AMA. We've sourced questions from MTC attendees that the panel of top VCs will be answering live, speaking directly to founders looking to sharpen their edge. With just a few days left to prepare for your 1-on-1 meetings, this is one you don't want to miss.
Guy Turner
Managing Director
Hyde Park Venture Partners
Mary Grove
Managing Partner
Bread & Butter Ventures
Masha Khusid
Drive Capital
Mike Asem
Samara Mejia Hernandez
Founding Partner
Chingona Ventures
Seth Corder
High Alpha
Jonathan Ellis
Managing Director
Sandalphon Capital
midwest.tech/connect | serendipity | closing reception
march 25 | 4-6pm CT

Come and wrap up the event with an interactive, free-flowing, virtual "happy hour" (no, not more Zoom breakout rooms). This will be a chance to connect with startups and investors based on geographies and areas of interest.
midwest.tech/connect attendees only

midwest.tech/connect | spring 21 KICKOFF + PLATFORM DEMO

february 22 | 10.30-11.30am CT
What's new for this spring's midwest.tech/connect? We have a new platform and matchmaking process: This webinar includes a demo of how to use the Deal Room event platform plus tips on how to get the most out of the event, and hear about our upcoming programming.
Jonathan Ellis
Julia Ruge
Sandalphon Capital
Erdal Kilinc
CEO and Co-Founder
Deal Room Events
midwest.tech/conversations | pitching 101 with the polsky center
february 22 | 12-1pm CT

Are you an entrepreneur looking to perfect your pitch? In this session, you will learn from Starr Marcello, Deputy Dean for MBA Programs and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Chicago Booth School of Business and Nick Hamburger, Co-Founder of Quevos, to learn tips and tricks to creating a pitch for your business to inform and impress future investors, partners, and employees. Nick won the College New Venture Challenge, a spot in the Kraft-Heinz Accelerator, has raised two rounds of financing from VCs and angels, and recently appeared on the current season of Shark Tank and secured a $200,000 investment from KIND Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky.

This event is presented in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Starr Marcello
Deputy Dean for MBA Programs and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Nick Hamburger
CEO and Co-Founder
midwest.tech/conversations | product management for founders
march 2 | 12-1pm CT

Good product management is a major key to startup success. Whether you're learning product management for the first time, making your first product manager hires, or you're a more experienced practitioner, hear from a diverse range of B2B and B2C professionals talking tips, tricks, and lessons learned.
Recording will be provided soon
Claude Cimeus
Product Manager
Eric Metelka
Product Lead
Jon Siegler
Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder
Lejla Sudar
VP Customer Experience & Product
midwest.tech/conversations | remote teams and culture
march 5 | 12-1pm CT

How we work, physically and mentally, has shifted substantially in the past year. As employees continue to work remotely, leaders have had to stretch into new spaces like never before to ensure their teams remain engaged and connected - while simultaneously creating a new, agile environment on the fly. What does cultivating and maintaining team culture look like in 2021 and beyond? Tune in March 5 as we discuss the nuance of managing a remote team pre, during, and post global pandemic.
Recording will be provided soon
Amanda Lannert
Konrad Waliszewski
CEO and Co-Founder
Kirstin "KP" Powdrill
Community & Culture Specialist
Sonia Antolec
Director of Policy
The Mom Project
Kevin Krumm
Objective Paradigm
midwest.tech/conversations | exits | presented by Toronto Stock Exchange
march 10 | 12-1pm CT

All about the exit! Join us as we chat through different paths to an exit with two Midwest founders that led their companies to a successful exit to a strategic buyer (one a $1 billion outcome!), as well as one of Chicago's landmark IPOs. Additionally, we discuss alternative exit options for startups with the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Recording will be provided soon
Aaron Rankin
CTO and Co-Founder
Sprout Social (NASDAQ:SPT)
George Khalife
VP Midwest US
Toronto Stock Exchange
Kristi Ross
Co-CEO and President
tastytrade ($1bn exit to IG Group)
Ryan Coon
CEO and Co-Founder
Avail (acquired by Move Inc/realtor.com)
Jim Dallke
Senior Editor
Chicago Inno & Chicago Business Journal