ACG Chicago Joins 30+ Organizations to Celebrate Growth at The
Accelerators, incubators, and key advisers join angel, venture capital, and
private equity investors and gather with entrepreneurs and executives driving
sustainable innovative growth in Chicago.
CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Chicago is now
ranked as one of the United States' and world's most successful start-up
cities. In addition to big names like Orbitz, CareerBuilder, and Groupon,
Chicago continues to turn out hundreds of successful and innovative start-ups
each year by maintaining a pace of a new company every day or two. On November
6th the Association for Corporate Growth of Chicago is proud to combine
efforts with over thirty co-hosting organizations for the 4th Annual
Entrepreneurship Bash at the Galleria Marchetti. The bash will be a night of
networking for entrepreneurs, connectors, and support organizations featuring
a "Founders' Panel" with four world class company founders for inspiration.
Mahendra Vora, Ken Hunt, Rishi Shah, and Patrick Spain all started from
scratch & blazed a trail to over $100 million successes.
T. Kendall "Ken" Hunt is the founder, chair, and CEO of VASCO Data Security
International, Inc. VASCO is an international developer and provider of strong
authentication products to protect users conducting online transactions and
currently does business in over 110 countries. Prior to founding VASCO in
1984, Hunt served as president and CEO at several high-tech companies
including Secured Services, Inc., AOS-Hagenuk B.V., and Deltak, Inc. He is the
chair of the Midwest Council of TechAmerica and the former president of the
Belgian Business Club of Chicago. Hunt currently sits on several university
advisory boards including the President's Council at his undergraduate alma
mater, the University of Miami. He also serves on the advisory board of the
Posse Foundation, which provides full college scholarships to urban, minority
Rishi Shah, CEO and Founder of ContextMedia, has been an entrepreneur since
birth. At the age of 12, he established his own home computer consulting firm,
which was later acquired by Best Buy. He founded ContextMedia in 2006 to help
deliver contextually relevant media services to patients with chronic
diseases. In addition to his duties at ContextMedia, Rishi advises several
early-stage companies, and in 2009, he was recognized by Crain's 40-Under-40.
He has also started several non-profit initiatives, including the
Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates
Foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction. An Oakbrook, Ill.-native,
Rishi is an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls, ancient Indian philosophy and new
Patrick Spain is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded four
Web-based companies. Co-founder and long-time chairman and CEO of Hoover's,
Inc., Spain led the company from a small book publisher in 1992 to a
profitable, publicly traded online business information services company with
$31 million in revenue in 2001 with a sale to D&B in 2003 for $119 million.
Spain was also the founder, chairman and CEO of HighBeam Research, which he
started in 2002 and sold to Cengage Learning in December, 2008. He also
co-founded and serves as executive chairman of Newser, a news filtering and
summarization service with an audience of over three million readers each
month. He founded his current start-up, First Stop Health, because of his own
unsatisfactory experience with the healthcare system and his desire to improve
that experience for others. He sits on the boards of several public, private,
and not-for-profit organizations.
Mahendra Vora is the founder and Managing Director of Vora Ventures, a unique
technology holding group in Cincinnati region; Mr. Vora brings 22+ years of
experience as an information technology executive and dynamic motivator. He
has helped co-found and sell multiple successful technology ventures to
Fortune 500 companies including Intelliseek (now Nielsen Buzzmetrics),
SecureIT (now part of VeriSign) and Pioneer Systems (now part of Unisys). Mr.
Vora is also the founder and creator of the Vora Technology Park, one of the
most advanced technology parks in the country.
Craig Miller, CEO of ACG Chicago, noted "The 2013 Entrepreneurship Bash
continues to bridge the organizations, networks, professions and companies in
the Chicago area. We recently published the backgrounds of the 32 co-hosts at
the country's largest private equity conference a couple weeks ago and will
continue to work with these and other will organizations to connect key
individuals across sectors and continue to spur the growth of Chicago's
flourishing start-up ecosystem." For more information about the
Entrepreneurship Bash or about other networking forums presented throughout
the year, call 877-224-6389.
About ACG Chicago
ACG Chicago is the premier association of leading authorities on corporate
growth. As the largest regional network in the Association for Corporate
Growth (ACG), ACG Chicago boasts a membership of 1000 foremost professionals
who form a diverse organization and knowledgeable network of corporate
executives, capital sources, and key advisors. ACG Chicago focuses on the
needs of these professionals to build unparalleled opportunities for
networking, deal-making, personal growth, and professional development. Visit
http://www.ACGChicago.com or call 877-224-6389 for more information.
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