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Date Oct 11, 2012 - Oct 12, 2012
Sponsor City of Chicago and University of Illinois
Contact For questions, please contact Danyelle Michelini at
Event type Other
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Originating Calendar Office of Technology Management

Chicago is the hub of tech innovation, a booming center for cutting edge companies like Groupon, GrubHub, Threadless and 37Signals to thrive – where young entrepreneurs grow big ideas, transform industries and shape technology and business as we know it.

Join us in Chicago for a chance to visit and meet with the leaders of some of today's most innovative tech companies October 11-12, 2012. 100 elite students will meet industry leaders and venture capitalists, visit business headquarters, gain free VIP admission to select programming at the second annual Chicago Ideas Week, and much more.

  • What Will I Do?

  • Learn from the best: Visit Chicago's leading and emerging tech businesses, including Microsoft, Grubhub, Accenture, Excelerate Labs, Google, Threadless, Coudal Partners, 37Signals and Classified Ventures
  • Get the inside scoop: Find out what really drives Chicago's most successful high-tech companies to stay on top.
  • Be inspired: Attend thought-provoking CIW Talks, featuring innovative pioneers in topics ranging from architecture and design to education and technology.
  • Explore your career: Network with industry leaders and startup founders who are looking for talent like you to add to the team.
  • Gain free admission and exclusive access to select programming at Chicago Ideas Week.
    • Some of last year's speakers included: Pandora founder Tim Westergren, President Bill Clinton, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Redbox president Mitch Lowe, and inventor Dean Kamen.
    • Attend CIW rock concert at Park West with other startup entrepreneurs. Last year's headliner was Weezer! 2012 concert details will be announced soon.
    • Access to one session and closing reception of CIW's exclusive event: the Edison Talks—an invitation-only, daylong gathering for CEOs, Presidents and leaders from a cross section of industries to listen to provocative presentations and performances led by globally recognized visionaries.
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