TechWeek 2012 Recap
What is TechWeek? TechWeek is a conference that brings businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and the like together for 5 days of innovation and tech nerd madness.
Why were we there? To promote the LaunchHouse Accelerator. We handed out infographics, executive summaries and freebies such as dry erase markers and samples of Good Greens bars. Good Greens, one of our portfolio companies, was a hit at the conference – we were able to hand out all of our sample bars.
Takeaways? Meeting up-and-coming entrepreneurs and startups was great. One notable startup is Benevolent. The Benevolent team is on a mission to bring dignity and self-determination to both sides of the giving equation, illuminating the realities of life on the edge of sustainability. Good idea, huh?
Each morning, TechWeek participants received an e-mail regarding the events of the day. Being featured in Sam’s TechWeek Expo Hitlist was pretty cool.
During our down time we got to experience some of Chicago’s finest dining venues. Catch 35, Fulton’s, Goose Island Brewery and Lou Malnati’s were fantastic. The pizza, seafood, steaks and wine were a particular highlight of the trip.
Drawbacks? The expo was long (11-5 every day). We broke it up by stepping out for lunch breaks and switching shifts. Friday was one of the conference’s busier days. Monday was Startup Day, so we heard from the best and brightest entrepreneurs demoing their ideas.
Overall, TechWeek was an opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, small business owners and tech fanatics. We got to see the latest tech innovations and the beautiful city of Chicago. Our advice: You should attend it at least once in your career.
Remember that LaunchHouse Accelerator applications close THIS SUNDAY! Make sure yours is completed and sent in. Good luck!