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Liftoff!

Tuesday marked the launch of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America and the first ever Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash! The evening was a HUGE success – with almost 350 people joining us in celebration of entrepreneurship and for the panel discussion with seven of the HTDI founders: Bill DeVille, Jim Dolan, Tim Krauskopf, Mark Tebbe, Vince Pettinelli, Chris Moffitt and Michael Polsky.

We couldn’t have done this on our own. Kudos to all of our sponsors, presenting organizations and co-hosts for their support and for the amazing job they did helping us spread the word and pack the room.

Special thanks to our sponsors: IBM, Grant Thornton and SurePayroll. In particular, Dave Carlquist, Anthony Dudek, Michael Emerick, Kathy Watts, Mary Lyons, Laura Mumper, Jim Huisel and Ronnie Todd at IBM; Anthony Bonaguro, Steve Siemborksi, Mike Schamberger, Kristin Ehrhardt and David Heinke at Grant Thornton; and Michael Alter, Francesca Zelasko, Tracy Toth and Scott Brandt at SurePayroll.

To our presenters – TechAmerica, Illinois Technology Association and MIT Enterprise Forum - thank you for organizing the event and spreading the word! We surpassed our goal and you made that happen.  Many thanks to Fred Hoch and Sarah Habansky at ITA; Terry Flannagan, Nancy Munro and Ted Wallhaus at MIT Enterprise Forum; and Ed Longanecker at TechAmerica.

Thanks to our co-hosts:   Craig Miller at ACG; Dana Damyen at Chicago Booth Business Book Roundtable; John Roberson and Caity Moran at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center; Raman Chadha and Stephanie Furlan at DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center; Kelly Cutler at Entrepreneurs’ Organization; Kapil Chadhary at I2A; Maura O’Hara at the Illinios Venture Capital Association; Anne Gilberg at Global Entrepreneurship Week; Mary Paskell at Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago; Brad Lehrman at MOJO Minnesota; Linda Darragh and Tracey Keller at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; John Hanak at Purdue Technology Centers; Jim Jay at TechPoint; Maria Katris at TiE Midwest; Spencer Stern and David Guttman at Wharton Club of Chicago; and Gaye van den Hombergh at Winning Workplaces. 

We got great video last night and will be sharing that with you soon – so stay tuned!