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Blackline interviews Troy about TechStars-Chicago

Blackline did this interview of Troy the day the TechStars-Chicago deal was announced.  Great way to get some more perspective on the history and why it is an important step for the program.


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Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , , , — February 2, 2013

Overview of Excelerate Labs – Summer 2012

We just posted a new video on the home page and wanted to share it here as well.  Julian from Indirap Productions did an amazing job on filming and editing and deserves a ton of credit.  Take a look and see if you agree!


Excelerate Labs overview from Excelerate Labs on Vimeo.

Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , , — November 11, 2012

BuiltInChicago’s CEO Spotlight on Troy Henikoff

This was produced as part of the CEO Spotlight series that BuiltInChicago does in conjunction with NBC Chicago each week.  It gives a great overview of Excelerate, check it out…

Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , — October 14, 2012

Crain’s feature on Excelerate Labs

John Pletz and Crain’s Chicago Business did a nice job highlighting some of the back story on Excelerate Labs this week.

“The main stage at the House of Blues is 40 by 20 feet, the centerpiece of a dark vaudevillian space that holds 1,300. It’s where you go to cash in.

The conference room at Excelerate Labs in 1871 at the Merchandise Mart is just 10 by 15 feet, stark, bright and white, with room for about a dozen. It’s where you go to pay your dues.

The entrepreneurs who come to Excelerate hoping to launch their companies as the next big thing don’t get their 10 minutes in the spotlight at the House of Blues in front of venture capitalists without spending hours polishing their pitches before Troy Henikoff and Sam Yagan, who lead the 90-day boot camp where startup dreams get reinforced, realized and sometimes ripped to shreds…”  Read entire article on Crain’s site

Filed under: Status Updates — Tags: , , — October 8, 2012

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