SBAC Venture Pitch Session

05/25/2017 05:30 PM - 07:30PM CT

Event Price

$15 for SBAC Members

$30 for Non-Members 


WeWork National Building
125 S Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603


Join us at our SBAC Venture Pitch Session, hosted at the WeWork National Building, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Three businesses, selected from many applicants, will pitch in front of a prestigious panel of judges and receive feedback. One company will be selected as the winner. This event includes alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and networking followed by three pitches from startup companies from the Chicagoland area.

Pitch Companies

Congratulations to our three pitch companies: Quiddity Solutions, Sparkl and Neopenda! We are looking forward to seeing these great startups present. Learn more about the pitch companies here


Keynote Speaker

John Roa, Principal at Roa Ventures

John is a "start-up king", serial tech entrepreneur and long-time Chicagoan. He started as an entrepreneur very early on, creating a computer repair business at 14. In 2016, he sold ÄKTA, his tech-consulting firm, to Salesforce. Now he is investing in other Chicago startups via Roa Ventures, a fund that focuses on “early-stage investments, projects and experiments”. John also co-founded Digital Hope, a nonprofit to crowdsource funding for micro nonprofits in developing countries.

Panel of Judges

William Robinson, Silicon Valley Bank

Tom Denison, SmartHealth Activator

Kaitlyn Doyle, Irish Angels

Sam Kennedy, Jones Lang LaSalle

Tony Zeoli, Freeborn & Peters



“The SBAC has been a strong & positive voice for small businesses in Illinois, and I can’t thank them enough. Their pitch event was extremely helpful getting our message into the business community.”

– CartoFront




“Winning the SBAC pitch competition was a critical moment in closing our series seed round of investing. SBAC understands what it takes to build a business from nothing and we value their support and mission.”

– Regroup Therapy



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