A Conversation with Amy Francetic
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

A Conversation with Amy Francetic

In partnership with the Baumhart Center, Ignite Lab will welcome Amy Francetic, the Managing Director of Energize Ventures, where she leads a $150 million venture fund focused on bringing digital technology to energy and industrial businesses. Prior to this role, Francetic served as co-founder and CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust, which has invested in dozens of early-stage clean energy companies across the Midwestern US. Early in her career, Francetic was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems. For her leadership in business and technology, she has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year (Executives’ Club of Chicago) and Leading Woman in Technology (Illinois Technology Association).

This conversation will take place in Schreiber 1001. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

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Future Founders Workshop: Handling Failure
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Future Founders Workshop: Handling Failure

Ever wonder what it is like to rebound from a defeat? Want to learn effective strategies to continue on after a misstep? Then this is the workshop for you!

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn where we will learn helpful tools to succeed in the future. Future Founders Startup Manager, Tina Hrabak, will join Ignite Lab to host a ‘How to Handle Failure’ Workshop on Tuesday, February 26 at 1 pm in Schreiber Center Room 908.

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Ignite Lab Social Hour
Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Ignite Lab Social Hour

All Ignite Lab members are invited to the Ignite Lab Social Hour. Come meet other Loyola University Chicago students, faculty, and staff interested in entrepreneurship at an informal social gathering. We might even play a game or two. 

Meeting in Schreiber Center Room 1001

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Agile M&A Workshop with DealRoom CEO, Kison Patel
Mar
28
4:30 PM16:30

Agile M&A Workshop with DealRoom CEO, Kison Patel

Join us on Thursday, March 28 from 4:30-5:30 pm for an interactive Agile M&A workshop with Kison Patel, CEO of DealRoom.

DealRoom, created by a team of former M&A professionals, uses Agile principles and software to solve efficiency issues within the banking/corporate finance industry, namely for complex commercial transactions like M&A. Data storage, diligence tracking and communication tools are all on DealRoom’s integrated smart platform, which allows users to eliminate duplicate work, track progress and gain insightful analytics.

Learn more about Kison Patel and DealRoom

This event will take place in Schreiber Center Room 908

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Campus 1871
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Campus 1871

For one weekend a year, 1871 brings together more than 100 students from local universities for the ultimate startup experience. Students come together to share ideas, collaborate and build an original startup business plan with mentoring and coaching from 1871 entrepreneurs. The weekend concludes with a pitch competition in front of a panel of top leaders in Chicago’s tech community for assorted prizes.

Campus 1871 Applications open January 14 and close February 1

Want to learn more? Check out their website, here

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Women in Entrepreneurship Panel
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Women in Entrepreneurship Panel

Ignite Lab, Next Founders, and Women in Business Present: Women in Entrepreneurship Panel

Are you a woman interested in entrepreneurship? Have you ever wanted to learn how females can succeed in the startup space?

Join us to hear how three women started and grew their own businesses

Melissa Ballate, Blue Daring

Early in her career, Melissa realized that everything that works, in business and life, is a perfect marriage of form and function. It was the inspiration for starting Blue Daring where she serves as their team’s leader and a senior strategist and thought partner to their clients—dedicated to helping them articulate their value and leverage their brands in meaningful ways.

Learn more about Melissa here


Katherine Nguyen, Building Blocks Toy Store

Building Blocks was introduced to Chicago in 1996 by educator-wannabe, play ambassador and retail aficionado Katherine Nguyen. She started her first retail business at age nine, buying candy by bulk and setting up "Kandie's Candies" out of a Tupperware box in her family's apartment in Queens, NYC. Other retail businesses (men's clothing, electronics, gifts) were to follow through college, mainly as a means to earn spending money. After working as a public accountant in the corporate world, Katherine quickly realized that retail was her passion and way to express herself. Growing up, she loved to play schoolteacher, tutor, and play with kids. It was clear that being an entrepreneur and serving families with educational, developmental, play-based products was her real mission in life. Today, Katherine shares all the fun with her 2 kids and they reside in North Center area of Chicago. These two kids certainly don't mind that mom brings work home ... a lot!

Learn more about Katherine here


Catherine Aldana, EAT STRETCH NAP

Catherine Aldana is the Founder of EAT STRETCH NAP™, a boutique wellness company that brings Yoga, Meditation + Mindfulness to the workplace. As a 6+ year Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Integrative Ayurvedic Practitioner she inspires people to live a happy, healthy, and meaningful life.

Cat is a Master Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer of the nationwide chain of AIR® Aerial Fitness studios and a widely sought after wellness consultant and speaker. Her life's purpose is to create complete health and well-being in herself and others through the transformative power of beauty, grace, and ease.

Cat's offerings include yoga retreats, corporate and residential wellness programs, Ayurvedic consultations, group classes, and life coaching.

Learn more about Cat here

This event will take place in Schreiber Center Room 908

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Introduction to Customer Experience Mapping for Entrepreneurs
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Customer Experience Mapping for Entrepreneurs

“As competition and buyer empowerment compounds, customer experience itself is proving to be the only truly durable competitive advantage.” - Gartner Research

Ignite Lab is pleased to announce Highland Solutions will be coming to Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Highland Solutions will talk to Ignite Lab members about how to improve a customer’s experience. Don’t miss this interactive workshop!

Customer Experience Mapping is a key practice for businesses to be able to truly understand what customers care about. The insights gained from this activity are critical to enable your organization to deliver exceptional in-person and digital experiences and succeed in the age of the customer.

Learn how these collaborative, creative activities can produce valuable Customer Experience Maps that will fuel your team's insight and innovation.

You’ll Learn:

  • How leading companies use customer experience as a critical competitive advantage

  • The building blocks of Customer Experience Mapping activities

  • How to introduce Customer Experience Mapping to your own organization

About Highland:

Highland Solutions is a customer experience firm with fierce commitment to keeping people at the center of our work. We use our skills in CX strategy, custom software development, and CRM implementation to help innovative leaders understand their customers and take smart risks. We love working with customer-centric and mission-driven organizations who want to adopt the principles of more disruptive businesses to take their impact to the next level.

Meeting in Schreiber Center Room 1001

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A Conversation with Betsy Ziegler
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

A Conversation with Betsy Ziegler

Ignite Lab and the Baumhart Center invite you to join us on November 1st for a special conversation with Betsy Ziegler.

Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, now the Number 1 ranked tech incubator in the world. Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. Prior to Kellogg, she served as a principal at McKinsey & Company, a leading management consulting firm. Alongside leading 1871, she is a member of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Board of Directors and an advisor and investor in many young technology companies.

The conversation with Ziegler will take in Beane Hall on the 13th floor of Lewis Towers at 111 E Pearson. The conversation will be intimate and interactive and allow you to ask questions and to share your insights.

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Project Management Workshop with Dr. Gezinus Hidding
Oct
22
4:30 PM16:30

Project Management Workshop with Dr. Gezinus Hidding

Ignite Lab welcomes Dr. Gezinus Hidding, an Associate Professor in the Quinlan School of Business. Dr. Hidding will conduct an interactive workshop on project management to allow Ignite Lab members to learn how to manage their entrepreneurial startups more effectively.

Learn more about Dr. Hidding here.

This event will be held in the Schreiber Center, Room 406.

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Alumni Unveiling of Ignite Lab
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

Alumni Unveiling of Ignite Lab

  • Wintrust Hall Schreiber Center 9th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Loyola University Chicago Alumni and Ignite Lab Members for an evening of networking and celebrating entrepreneurship at Loyola.

Ignite Lab is Loyola University Chicago's recently launched incubator to help students, staff, and faculty with their entrepreneurial dreams.

Ignite Lab startups are looking for mentors either with entrepreneurial experiences or work experience in specific industries. 

October 16 will be a special night to introduce Ignite Lab to Loyola Alumni. It will feature commentary from Kevin Willer, the Founding CEO of 1871 and current partner of Chicago Ventures, and then short presentations from two Ignite Lab Members. This will be followed by networking with light refreshments. The night’s full schedule is below.

o 5:30 - Open Networking

o 6:00 - Opening Remarks from Kevin Stevens, Dean of the Quinlan School of Business

o 6:05 - Kevin Willer Comments on the Chicago Startup Ecosystem

o 6:20 - Short Presentations from Two Ignite Lab Startups

o 6:35 - Call to Action from Dr. Ugur Uygur, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

o 6:45 - Food, Drinks, and Networking

STUDENTS, please register here

ALUMNI, please register here

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1871 University Open House
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

1871 University Open House

1871 is where the doers, makers, and disruptors of tomorrow come to work hard, shape new technologies, and reset the boundaries of what's possible. Join us at our University Open House where you'll have the opportunity to tour the #1 ranked university-affiliated incubator in the world, learn about all the resources that can help you on your own startup journey, and of course mix and mingle with other likeminded students! Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, so don't miss out on this awesome event that will springboard you into Chicago's innovation ecosystem.

Refreshments will be served!

Schedule:
o 5:00-5:30 p.m. Networking
o 5:30-5:45 p.m. Welcoming Remarks from 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler 
o 5:45-6:30 p.m. Tour of 1871 with your university reps

Please register here

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Ignite Lab Social Hour
Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

Ignite Lab Social Hour

All Ignite Lab members are invited to the Ignite Lab Social Hour. Come meet other students, faculty, and staff interested in entrepreneurship at an informal social gathering. We might even play a game or two. 

This event will be held in Beane Hall, the 13th Floor of Lewis Towers

Please RSVP here

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