The Small Business Advocacy Council



SBAC Venture Pitch Session

08/17/2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM CT

Event Price

$15 for SBAC and 2112 Members 

$25 for Non-Members 


4245 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
United States


Join us at our SBAC Pitch Session, hosted by 2112, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Three business will be selected to pitch in front a prestigious panel of judges and receive feedback. This event includes alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and networking followed by three pitches of startup out of the Chicago-land area. 

Keynote Speaker

Robert Blackwell, CEO & Founder of Killerspin and EKI Consulting

A technology industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. Today he oversees the company, which currently employs more than 100 technology and business consulting experts.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. A former professional table tennis player. Blackwell also founded Killerspin, the leading table tennis equipment, apparel and promotion company.

Blackwell is currently an active member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), Executive’s Club of Chicago and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Business Development Committee of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also services on the board of several civic organizations including After School Matters, The Belle Center in Chicago and Autism Speaks.


Panel of Judges

Chris Gersch, Founder & CEO - Verde Solutions

Anthony Zeoli, Partner - Freeborn & Peters LLP

Jessica Healey, Senior Acquistions Analyst - Syndicated Equities

Kristi Dula, Network Relationship Manager - Pritzker Group

Rajiv Nathan, RajNATION Innovation

Pitch Companies


Pitch Committee

Thank you to our fantastic Pitch Committee who help make these successful! 

Leslee Cohen, Hershman Cohen

Tricia Meyer, Meyer Law 

Brendan Walsh, RCM Wealth Advisors

Mike Cavanaugh, Co-Founder of SBAC

Kate Elisco, Elisco Communications





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