Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

Events

All Chicago Booth students are encouraged to sync their calendars with the EVC group so you won’t miss any events. Events may be scheduled on short notice and an integrated calendar is the best way to stay involved.  The EVC Events Calendar is compatible with Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, and Tungle.

SeedCon

SeedCon is Chicago’s premier conference focused on entrepreneurship and venture capital and Chicago Booth students are placed right in the middle of the action.

SeedCon 2016 will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago.

Although the format of SeedCon may change from year to year, in the past, we have hosted discussion panels, keynotes, and fireside chats on topics such as lean startup methodology, the merits of incubator and accelerator programs, how to find technical talent, and much more.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is a student-run event during the winter quarter, coordinated by the EVC Group and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The VCIC is intended to give students the experience of thinking and acting as venture capitalists and to identify top students to represent Chicago Booth at the regional and national intercollegiate MBA competitions. Serving as VCs during the competition, students interact with real, local startups and have the opportunity to be evaluated by experienced Partners, Managing Directors, and Investors from Midwest facing VC firms.

Between 2005 and 2011, Chicago Booth VCIC teams won the regional competition five times, crediting Chicago Booth's VCIC with being an essential tool for their success.

Treks

Treks, an exclusive benefit of being an EVC member, offer an extraordinary opportunity for bonding with fellow classmates and making invaluable connections in the professional space.

The EVC group typically sponsors three unique treks, though the exact number of treks may change from year to year depending on demand and opportunity:

  • A Silicon Valley Start-up Trek
  • A Silicon Valley Venture Capital Trek
  • A New York City Start-up/Venture Capital Trek

As the number of Chicago Booth students interesting in developing their own start-ups or entering Venture Capital have grown, demand for these treks has far outpaced capacity.  Students are now asked to complete a questionnaire application for all treks and are limited to one trek per calendar year.  Priority is also awarded to those planning to make entrepreneurship or venture capital their summer internship or career upon graduation.

In the past three years, EVC Treks have visited the following VC Firms and Startups:

VC Firms and Startups

Lunch and Learns

Life can get pretty busy at Chicago Booth and EVC wants to ensure that you can get your events without having to compromise class time.  Hosted throughout the term, EVC will bring accomplished entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from throughout the country.  These events are typically led by a moderator and opened up to Q&A for the final 15-20 minutes of the session. It’s a great way to spend a lunch, meet like-minded classmates, and connect with seasoned experts.

Recent notable speakers have included:

  • Andrew Mason, CEO Groupon
  • Sam Yagan, Founder OK Cupid
  • Michael Slaby, CTO Obama Campaign
  • David Cohen, Founder TechStars
  • Jason Fried, Founder 37 Signals
  • Oliver Samwer, Founder Rocket Internet
     

SeedCon

Premier EVC Conference
Featuring top entrepreneurs and investors sharing their stories of success.

Newsletter

Email to all EVC Members
Announce opportunities or events to EVC Members

Treks

Visit start ups and venture capitalists
Bond with classmates and make professional connections in San Francisco and New York City.