20230511 – @1871 Scale Up 2023

This year’s program integrated 1871’s full tech continuum of founders, growth-scalers, and corporate innovators for a day of learning, networking, and sharing stories of success.It contained an exciting lineup of Chicago tech leaders.



8:30 AM | Coffee Connect & Networking

9:00 AM | Opening Remarks

Betsy Ziegler
Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871

9:10 AM | Fireside Chat

Artificial Intelligence: A Disruptive Force for Growth Companies

Andy Kofoid, President of Databricks
Betsy Ziegler
Betsy Ziegler, CEO at 1871

9:55 AM | Panel

Raising Capital in Today’s Market

Moderated by
Nick Solaro, General Partner, Drive Capital
Sonia Nagar, General Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Jason FelgerPartner & Head of Platform, Jump Capital
Dana Sun, Senior Associate, OCA Ventures
10:40 AM | Panel
Managing & Growing a Global Workforce
Julianne Cox, VP of Business Development, Invest Northern Ireland
James Taylor, CEO, Launchways
Willemijn Schneyder, CEO & Founder, Swipe Guide
Cass Baker, President & COO, GainShare

11:25 AM | Panel

Governance: Insights from Board Members of Growth Companies​

Marc Shiffman, Former President & CEO, SMS Assist
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper, CEO & Co-Founder, Rheaply
Jeremie Bacon, Co-Founder, The Forge
Coco Meers, CEO & Co-Founder, Equilibria

12:20 PM | Keynote

Andy Dunn

American entrepreneur, investor, author, and startup enthusiast. 10+ years at Bonobos💰founding Red Swan Ventures and helping back up over 100+ startups, and even putting his personal experience into words in his memoir, Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind📕

1:00 PM | Closing remarks

Lisa Laws, COO, 1871

NI+IN UCHIL Founder, CEO & Technical Evangelist


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