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Open House for TechStars-Chicago applicants

The final deadline for applications is midnight EST on March 15th and there are a lot of people with a ton of questions.  If you have already applied or are thinking about applying, come by on Thursday, March 7th for an open house.  Come see the space, talk to the directors, alums, mentors and get your questions answered.  This is a big year for the program, coming off 3 years as Excelerate Labs and now transitioning to TechStars-Chicago!

We will have finger food, drinks and some amazing entrepreneurs, but RSVP quickly as space is limited!  

For those who are curious, here are some highlights from Demo Day 2012 at the House of Blues (how about that foreshadowing by Brad Feld, who noticed it last August???)

Filed under: Events,Status Updates — March 2, 2013

Highlights from Demo Day 2012

Excelerate Demo Day 2012 brought over 500 investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs together for a day of pitching and high energy. Check out the highlights here.

Tickets are still available for the Community Showcase tomorrow (Tuesday the 18th)! If you want to see this year’s class present their pitches lives, make sure to get your ticket before they sell out.

Filed under: Events,Status Updates — Tags: , , — September 17, 2012

So You Missed Demo Day?

Yesterday was Demo Day: the culmination of a summer of hard work and learning by the Excelerate 2012 class. They presented flawless pitches to a room filled with over 500 investors, entrepreneurs, and press. You can read about it on IncGigaOMFastCompany, and many others later today.

Excelerate companies have raised over $25 million in total and have had two successful exits in just three years. So what do these pitches look like, and how can the community get involved?

This year we are throwing the doors open to the startup community and presenting an Excelerate Labs Community Showcase. Companies will present their pitches from Demo Day to the community, emphasizing their experience throughout the summer and opportunities to get involved.

You should attend if:

1) You are an entrepreneur and you are curious what top pitches look like

2) You want to be an entrepreneur but are just starting to learn what that means

3) You want to work at an amazing early stage startup and are wondering what opportunities are available

4) You want to support the Chicago startup community

5) You’d like to learn about new technologies and concepts coming out of our great city

REGISTER NOW: The Community Demo Day will be held at the UP Comedy Club at Second City on September 18th. There are a limited number of seats available so make sure to get yours today.

Filed under: Events — August 30, 2012

Last Week’s Kickoff Events – A Huge Success!

Gathered around silver trays of food, platters of fruit, and boxes of pizza, the ten selected companies in the Excelerate program mingled among some of the most esteemed mentors and venture capitalist in the Chicagoland area last week. Nerves and anxiety were replaced with smiles and handshakes and the excitement in the room was palpable. Over the course of two days, an estimated total of 100 mentors graced the 2nd floor of the ExcelerateLabs Headquarters, eager to meet and hear initial presentations from our companies.

The meet-n’-greet events were a huge success and each mentor made their rounds, talking at length with each company, sharing stories and chatting about their goals for the summer and how each group could benefit from the knowledge of Excelerate’s distinguished guides. It was clear that the companies were absorbing information after only talking with representatives of major investment firms for a short amount of time. Members of WeGather, Edulender, PVPower, and Noblivity were blown away by the “relatability of the mentors”, the suggestions they received on their product, and the mentors’ “interesting stories that gave [them] tips to success.”

It was an environment unlike any other that I’d been in. I could feel the buzz of excitement all around me, hear the laughter resonate through the expansive space, and watch business cards pass from palm to palm with a pleasant smile and a promise to call if guidance was needed.

We, the Excelerate Team, are beyond excited to see the progress that all of our companies make this summer and are eager to aid them in the development process.

Here are some pictures from last week’s events:

Mentors and companies introduce themselves

Members of Edulender chat with a mentor

ScholarPro discusses goals with a group of mentors

Sam looks on as TransFS grabs the attention of a few mentors

WeGather presents their current work to a mentor

Companies and mentors gather to listen to Sam's opening remarks

More pictures and videos to come!

Excelerate your life,
The Excelerate Team

Filed under: Events — June 7, 2010