Hyde Park Angels Teams up with 1871 and The Wall Street Journal to Launch Entrepreneurial Education Series

The series will focus on early-stage investment

Chicago, IL– February 17–Hyde Park Angels is launching a four-part early-stage investment education series for entrepreneurs of all levels in collaboration with partner 1871 and series sponsor The Wall Street Journal. The Entrepreneurial Education Series will consist of four panels headed up by the best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors in the Midwest, which will be complimented with additional informational workshops and online content.

The series will begin on March 5 at 6:00 pm with “Are You Ready to Raise,” a program designed to show entrepreneurs paths outside of investment and help them determine whether to pursue them. Panelists include Shawn Carpenter (Co-Founder and CEO of YCharts), Troy Henikoff (Managing Director, TechStars; Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners), Mathew Joseph Elenjickal (Founder and CEO, FourKites), Kristopher Kubicki (CTO of Ecommerce, Market Track), and Genevieve Thiers (Founder, Sittercity and Founder, ContactKarma).

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The next two programs, “Early-Stage Investment 101” and “Connecting Corporations and Startups,” build off of the first and take entrepreneurs through how to raise a round and build strategic client, partner, and investor relationships. The series ends with “How to Work with Your Advisors, Board Members, and Investors,” which focuses on maximizing key relationships.

“1871's growing set of educational programming and events make it the place in Chicago for entrepreneurs to gain valuable skills and create successful businesses,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We are excited to work with Hyde Park Angels to bring this important resource to the Chicago startup community.”

“With the Entrepreneurial Education Series, we’re bringing some of the best minds in entrepreneurship and investment — people who’ve already achieved incredible success in both areas — together to provide practical advise that entrepreneurs can use instantly,” said Hyde Park Angels managing director, Pete Wilkins.

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About Hyde Park Angels
Hyde Park Angels is the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest. With a membership of over 100 successful entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists, the organization prides itself on providing critical strategic expertise to entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community. By leveraging the members’ deep and broad knowledge of multiple industries and financial capital, Hyde Park Angels has driven multiple exits and invested millions of dollars in over 40 portfolio companies that have created over 850 jobs in the Midwest since 2006.

About 1871
1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OCA Ventures, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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