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Hyde Park Angels Launches Entrepreneurial Education Series Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal at 1871

Published: May 7, 2015

Launch of Hyde Park Angels Entrepreneurial Educational Series Live stream event at 1871 on March 5, 2015

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1871 Chicago, River North 60654

Hyde Park Angels investing group launched its Entrepreneurial Educational Series, a four-part program sponsored by The Wall Street Journal at 1871 Chicago.

In the packed auditorium, attendees listened to panelists share their knowledge and advice to help entrepreneurs become more successful. This first program focused on the topic “Are You Ready to Raise?

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The panelists  on this first program were Shawn Carpenter, co-founder and CEO of YCharts; Troy Henikoff, managing director of TechStars and MATH Venture Partners; Mathew Joseph Elenjickal, founder and CEO of FourKites; Kristopher Kubicki, CTO of Ecommerce and Market Track; and Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity and ContactKarma.

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The panel moderator, Pete Wilkins, the managing director of Hyde Park Angels, asked the panel a series of questions including:

  • What are the pros and cons of early-stage investment versus bootstrapping?
  • When is the right time to raise and when is too early?
  • What do investors look for in a founder and a business?
  • What counts as proof of concept and what doesn’t?
  • What do investors see as red flags?
  • How do you move forward when you are ready?

Some advice from the panel to entrepreneurs were:

"Build a team, hire people smarter than you."
Mathew Elenjickal

"Don't send the deck, it should always be presented. Get the meeting."
Troy Henikoff

"Understand your investors because you are entering a long-term relationship."
Shawn Carpenter

"1871's growing set of educational programming and events make it the place in Chicago for entrepreneurs to gain valuable skills and create successful businesses," said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. "We are excited to work with Hyde Park Angels to bring this important resource to the Chicago startup community."

Managing Director Pete Wilkins said, “we’re bringing some of the best minds in entrepreneurship and investment--people who’ve already achieved incredible success in both areas--together.”

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The Entrepreneurial Education Series will include four panels, featuring top entrepreneurs in the Midwest. The next event will take place on June 17. 

Hyde Park Angels Entrepreneurial Educational Programs:

  • Are you Ready to Raise?:
    Thursday, March 5 from 6 pm-8 pm
  • Early-Stage Investment 101:
    Wednesday, June 17 from 6 pm-8 pm
  • Connecting Corporations and Startups:
    Thursday, September 24 from 6 pm-8 pm
  • How to Work with your Advisors, Board Members, and Investors:
    Thursday November 12 from 6 pm-8 pm


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About Hyde Park Angels

Hyde Park Angels is the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest. With a membership of over 100 successful entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists, the organization prides itself on providing critical strategic expertise to entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community. By leveraging the members’ deep and broad knowledge of multiple industries and financial capital, Hyde Park Angels has driven multiple exits and invested millions of dollars in more than 30 portfolio companies that have created more than 500 jobs in the Midwest since 2006.

About 1871

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology, and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute); and the state's leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.

It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OCA Ventures, OurCrowd, and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

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