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Chicago Digital Startups Thriving: Entrepreneurs Celebrate at Largest Midwest Conference & Expo

“I was really impressed by the technology renaissance happening in Chicago. Usually Silicon Valley or New York City gets this attention, so I was pleasantly surprised by everything going on in Chicago.” -Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist.

On June 22-26, 2012, experience a five day celebration of technology and entrepreneurship at the Techweek Conference & Expo. Techweek 2012 offers you the chance to interact with over 5,000 engaged and passionate participants, 2,000 unique brands, 300 speakers, 200 sessions and 100 exhibitors. Housed in the Merchandise Mart, the largest commercial building in the U.S., Techweek presents the perfect platform for innovative pairings, disruptive discussions and leveraged education revolving around entrepreneurial culture.

“The energy and enthusiasm in the halls of the 2011 Techweek were confirmation that Chicago is firmly on the map as a place tech entrepreneurs can launch and scale innovative companies.” -Drew Mitchell, Google.

Each day of Techweek will feature one part of the life cycle of an emerging technology business – from idea to scale.

Day 1 – Think

There has never been a better time to start a company.  It’s never been easier, or cheaper. Learn from Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer, an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer on how small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals can turn their ideas into reality, at a fraction of the cost.

Days 2&3 – Learn

Attend workshops and eye-opening presentations about the latest on programming languages and design practices. Learn tips and insights from expert instructors like Founder and CEO of 37signals, Jason Fried, and test your skills in coding and design, or discover a new passion.

Sharpen your business and entrepreneurial skills through presentations and workshops on Lean Startup methodologies, social media strategies and best of practices.

Be part of the exclusive unveiling of new ideas and interact with innovative entrepreneurs at LAUNCH, Techweek’s startup competition.

Participate in the Techweek Hiring Fair. Hiring managers from 70 companies will be available to discuss their companies, job opportunities, and career development. Entry to the Hiring Fair is free.

Day 4 – Start

Captivating speakers like Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber; Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of 99 Designs; Leah Busque, founder of Task Rabbit; Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz; Ben Milne, CEO of Dwolla will share their stories of hardship and success throughout their ventures.

Want to capitalize on the rise of the social and open web? Learn to analyze social sharing data with Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO of RadiumOne. At the age of 16, Gurbaksh started his first company, ClickAgents. Eighteen months later, he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick. In January 2004, Gurbaksh founded his second company, BlueLithium, which Yahoo acquired for $300 million in cash in 2007.

Day 5 – Grow

Hear the stories of extraordinary ventures that have gone from bootstrapped to $50 million in revenue, and find out about the biggest investment trends in the industry.

Techweek helped champion the coming of the Midwest tech explosion in 2010 by gathering passionate and entrepreneurial minded people to celebrate vast possibilities and opportunities in technology and innovation. This sparked last year’s inaugural Techweek in Chicago. The conference and expo garnered 2500 attendees and over 1250 unique brands and businesses from all over the world. For more information visit www.techweek.com

“The electricity at Techweek was tremendous. Lots of energy between entrepreneurs, new businesses and new ideas!”  -Jeff Lawson, Founder & CEO, Twilio.

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