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WIB-Chicago: Start-Up Challenge 5.0
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WIB-Chicago: Start-Up Challenge 5.0

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CDT
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
12th floor
Chicago, IL  60654
United States
Contact: WIB-Chicago

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Join WIB for its fifth 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 Therapeutics. The event will also feature a structured networking session with local entrepreneurs.

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 September 6, 2019. 

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  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

Until September 10

  • Members: $10
  • Non-Members: $40

After September 10

  • Members: $20
  • Non-Members: $50


Walk-Ins Accepted?


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

* - Cash/Check only for non-members


Special Pricing for Guests

Members can register guests at member price.

Maximum Capacity