The Rundown: 2017 #PESummit Chicago
On Friday, October 6, Project Entrepreneur hosted the first of three 2017 Fall Summits for early-stage women entrepreneurs at 1871. Project Entrepreneur Summit | Chicago: The Fundamentals of Funding was a day of motivation, inspiration, and community. Attendees connected with fellow female founders and workshopped ideas with inspiring business leaders, working together to build scalable, high growth companies that will shape the future of our economy.
The day began with a keynote conversation with The Knot/XO Group Co-Founder Carley Roney, moderated by Lori Feinsilver, Head of Community Affairs & Executive Communications, Americas, UBS. They shared thoughts on the highs and lows of the founder journey along with a few laughs.
Interactive workshops led by a host of successful women representing an array of industries included:
Funding Landscape Overview: Bootstrapping, VC, Crowdfunding, Angel, Family Offices (Understanding Your Options) with Alyssa Jaffee, Senior Associate at Pritzker Group, and Rebecca Sholiton, Co-Founder & CEO of Wise Apple
Minimum Viable Product (MVP )Testing with Abby Ross, Co-Founder of ThinkCERCA
Demonstrating Traction : What metrics Investors want to see & how to get them with Genevieve Thiers, Founder of SitterCity
Telling Your 60 Second Story with Ita Ekpoudom, CEO of Tigress Ventures
Here are some of the attendees’ top takeaways from the day:
200 female entrepreneurs jammed in the room — and I’m ready (and honored!) to keynote Project Entrepreneur Summit Chicago with interviewer extraordinaire (and mom of 3) @lfeinsi of @ubs @pjtentrepreneur Love telling the stories (and mistakes) of building @theknot to inspire future badass lady leaders! #theknot #femalefounders #pesummitchi
— Elizabeth Fay (@Elizabeth_Fay) October 6, 2017
— Melissa Jones (@theCEOffice) October 6, 2017
Spent our day with the awesome folks @pjtentrepreneur (@renttherunway / @ubs). #PESummitChi is the first of their 2017 summits and focused on the fundamentals of funding. Great to see so many members of our community involved in a full day of programming dedicated to boosting women entrepreneurs. . #IFTTT
— Parissa Behnia (@parissab) October 6, 2017
Chicago, Chicago, you are my kind of town! Thrilled for such an enthusiastic turnout from the city’s female founders for the inaugural @pjtentrepreneur Summit! Thanks to @carleyroney for her funny and candid keynote conversation and setting a positive tone that carried throughout the day!! Next up, San Francisco coming your way!! #PESummitCHI #whatwillyoubuild
— Amanda Ashton (@a_ashton22) October 6, 2017
If you missed Project Entrepreneur Summit | Chicago: The Fundamentals of Funding, you can still experience the inspiration and insights by subscribing to our podcast, #theTools. We will release audio of the keynote and all the workshops over the coming months. And make sure you’re in the front row for future events by subscribing to our newsletter. Additionally, if you can’t make it to the West Coast for PE Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 18, you can follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Have you applied to the Project Entrepreneur Venture Competition? Top applicants will attend the PE Intensive, featuring hands-on workshops, in-depth talks, networking opportunities and a live pitch competition, where the finalists compete for a $10,000 grant to build their business and a spot in our 5-week accelerator program. Deadline is November 27 at 11:59PM EST. Apply today!
[Photos by Amanda Gentile/ADG Photography]