SBAC Venture Pitch Session



Join us at our SBAC Venture Pitch Session, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Three businesses have been 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 by startups out of the Chicagoland area.

Event Price




20 W. Kinzie, 17th Floor

Chicago, IL 60654


Street parking or Laz Parking on State & Kinzie.

Walking distance from the Clark & Lake and Merchandise Mart L stops.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker will be Stu Grubbs, the CEO and co-founder of Lightstream, a platform for creators, gamers, and communities to livestream with ease, without excessive hardware. Lightstream has recently partnered with Microsoft to offer Lightstream Studio to Xbox and Windows streamers as part of the native OS experience; they also license their technology to makor game studios and media compaies. Previous to Lightstream, Stu founded Distlld, an app to rate, collect, and learn about whiskey.




Panel of Judges

Kristi Dula is the Network Relationship Manager of Pritzker Group. She is responsible for facilitating relationships for Pritzker Group’s family of companies and connecting them with the firm’s wide network of experts, strategic partners and potential customers. Kristi is a board member of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul, Chicago Blend, GoCivic Chicago, The Chicago Leadership Alliance, Sales Assembly.





James Vaughan is the Managing Principal of Batterson Venture Capital / VCapital Management LLC. VCapital is an online venture capital firm offering equity crowdfunding opportunities that has never had a down decade in the past 30 years.





Stan Logan is CPA and Chairman at Quality Back Office, a BPO finance outsourcing and tax firm to SMBs. He also serves as a mentor and advisors to entrepreneurs, and was the president and COO of XSELL Technologies





Christopher Gersch is the founder & CEO of Verde Solutions, a full service energy consulting firm. Mr. Gersch has been recognized as an expert in the industry and can often be seen as a guest speaker on energy and commodity related products for CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, CNN and Fox Business News. Chris is also an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the Masters in Financial Mathematics Program.




Stephen Ball is the SVP Market Executive of Business Banking at Fifth Third Bank, where he is responsible for executing the Financial Center business acquisition model. Most recently, he was the SVP of Business Banking at MB Financial Bank. Stephen is on the SBAC Executive Committee, an experienced public speaker, and published author.






Pitch Companies             

 Viet Nom Nom is a Vietnamese-inspired fast casual restaurant in Evanston that serves a craft, health-inspired menu.              




Tempo provides "micro-dosed energy" in the form of black tea, matcha, or otherwise, for home or office delivery.


Spaceman ID builds decentralized, blockchain, secure solutions to identity management.







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