WIB-Chicago Presents: “Fourth Annual Start-Up Challenge”
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When: Monday, September 17, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza (12th floor)
Chicago, IL  60654
United States
Contact: WIB-Chicago

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Join WIB for its fourth annual Start-up Challenge as finalists from women-led Illinois biotech companies give a short pitch about their company’s technology and products. Local experts from the investment and start-up communities will provide feedback and select the winning pitch, with the winner receiving a $2500 award sponsored by Horizon Pharma. The event will also feature a structured networking session with local entrepreneurs. Stay tuned: the finalists will be announced soon!

Interested in competing in the Challenge?? All women-led companies are invited to apply to participate. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company and gain valuable feedback on your presentation. As a participant, WIB-Chicago is pleased to offer you private, one-on-one personalized coaching for your pitch. The application is available here until August 24, 2018: https://goo.gl/forms/lysHuK22dBkKie8h2


Walk-Ins Accepted?


* - Walk-ins will be accepted at the door until event capacity is reached.



5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.        Registration, Appetizers, and Networking

6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Announcements and Introduction

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.        Pitch Presentations

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.        Awards, Closing Remarks, Dessert Reception


Pricing Information

Members: $20

Non-Members: $50


Special Pricing for Guests

When registering, members can register guests at member price


Event Date/Time

Monday, September 17, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST


Maximum Capacity




MATTER, 12th floor

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago, IL 60654


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