We believe a significant reason (among many others) for Chicago's uptick in entrepreneurial activity over the past few years is the increase in mentorship. Between the launch of Excelerate Labs, the CECs continued involvement in connecting mentors to entrepreneurs, and many other programs, Chicago startups are now surrounded by a safety net eager to support and ensure their continued success.
In this spirit, and in partnership with Excelerate Labs, we are happy to introduce the Digital Leaders office hours. Chicago's most experienced entrepreneurs and corporate leaders will offer their time and expertise to nurture and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs. The office hours will be held throughout the year, initially at the Excelerate Labs office and eventually at the Tech Center space (mid 2012). Thank you to the mentors who are participating in the upcoming sessions--entrepreneurs register today the slots fill up quickly! All new dates and mentors will be announced via Built in Chicago and twitter so be sure to Follow Us for more frequent updates.
Dec 7th (1p.m.-4 p.m.):
Troy Henikoff, CEO Excelerate Labs: Booked
Larry Kaplan, President & CEO Navteq: http://ohours.org/LarryKaplan
Jeff Carter, Co-Founder Hyde Park Angels: http://ohours.org/pointsnfigures
Dec 13th (9 a.m.-12 p.m.):
Troy Henikoff, CEO Excelerate Labs: http://ohours.org/troyhenikoff
Mike Boush, VP eBusiness Discover Financial Services: http://ohours.org/mikeboush
Jason Lobel, CEO Storeplacer.com: http://ohours.org/JasonLobel