Corporate Finance Structure: Debt Financing
Join this discussion about what it means to borrow money from a bank in order to start, grow or expand your business. Learn what it takes to prepare a loan package, how your request will be evaluated by a commercial lender, and what is expected from your business and you as an owner in terms of repayment. How will your credit history play into the equation? What about a personal guarantee? What can be used as collateral? This class is led by Javier Placencia of Wintrust.
YLU CEO Chat: Kristen Tomlan
Join United Way of Metro Chicago's Young Leaders United for a CEO Chat with Kristen Tomlan, Founder and CEO of DO, Cookie Dough Confections. Learn more about Kristen’s career as a successful entrepreneur and the priority that she places on community outreach to help “sweeten” the lives of those in need. DO’s charitable platform emphasizes partnering with organizations whose primary efforts benefit the lives of women and children, fight hunger, support youth development, and much more.
Creating Your Momentum: B2B Sales
In this class, led by Maureen Wozniak of the Better Business Bureau, you'll discuss how to gain momentum and audience traction in your business before, during, and after product launch. This class will profile the type of customer you are targeting (Fortune 500 or Small-Mid Market), teach you how to identify the decision maker, and discuss what channels and metrics to target for sustained customer engagement and success.
Constructing the Pitch: How to Build Your Pitch Deck
As entrepreneurs, it is critical to share your idea in a way that inspires and engages others in your organization, builds trust, and uncovers the most powerful and compelling elements of your mission statement. Whether it is a 60-second pitch or a five-minute competition, this is your chance to learn what to include in your deck.
Financial Modeling Basics
Looking to raise money while running your business more efficiently? Basics of Financial Modeling, taught by Troy Henikoff of MATH Ventures, will explore how to build, manage, and scale your business's financial model. ** Registration will close down on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, so you are able to complete the required pre-class assignment by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th. **
Growing Your Team
Talent is the new business currency. The best ideas only come to fruition with a great team. It’s important that your team is aligned a common vision and has the skills to be able to navigate the challenges that lay before you. In this class taught by Natalie Lynch, Talent Acquistion Manager at LinkedIn, learn how to build an effective team and culture that accelerates your business towards its objectives while also pushing you to be stronger. **There is a pre-class assignment for this class**
How I Got Gary Busey to Wish Me Happy Birthday: Steven Galanis CEO of Cameo
Join us as we hear Steven's story behind the founding of Cameo, landing Snoop Dogg as an investor, and how he got over 20,000 athletes, actors, and influencers to come on board. Oh, and how he raised over $50 million.
Blacks in Technology: How to Network in the Tech Field
Come and join us for a round table discussion on networking in the technology space. You always hear about the importance of networking, but how do you go about doing it? What's the etiquette? And how do you leverage your network for success? Join us as we discuss all this and more!
Product Development-Test Plan
Now that your design is ready to prototype, you’ll need to think about testing, which can be especially intimidating. Whether your testing is focused on usability, performance, reliability, certification, or all the above, being ill-prepared for this phase of the project can be expensive or even fatal. Taught by Deborah Brown of Bosch USA, this class will show you how to design and execute a comprehensive product test plan.
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Join Ryan Leavitt, Co-Founder of LeanCore and Catapult Chicago, and Christie Nelson of Salesforce to learn about the importance of managing your team and creating a culture of accountability. First, this class will focus on the evolving role of the founder and CEO and how to develop a culture of accountability that employees will value. Then, the class will shift to the best methods for tactical onboarding, tools, and systems for implementing organizational processes and managing milestones.
HOSTING AN EVENT AT mHUB
mHUB has over 5000 square feet of premiere event space. Our large event space is perfect for networking events, panels, corporate meetings and gatherings. We also have several smaller classroom and conference rooms great for private meetings, classes/trainings, and small meetups. Every year mHUB hosts more than 300 events in our space. We see everything from meetup groups, to hackathons, to corporate networking events.
We host events that are compatible with our commitment to growth in the manufacturing innovation ecosystem.
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FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS
Thank you to those who joined us for our 2nd Annual Fourth Revolution Awards. The event saw over 300 attendees gathered to recognize corporate leaders, product developers, and small manufacturers. Your continued support of the region’s innovation in physical product development shows the power of this community. The ceremony culminated in the presentation of eight awards to deserving leaders, companies, and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the Chicago region's manufacturing ecosystem. All event sponsorship and proceeds supported mHUB and DMDII's programmatic initiatives including education, diversity and inclusion, outreach to small manufacturers, and scholarships.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenges ideas about what it means to be human. Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence. It is a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
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