Your Big Break is Arriving Now with UberVENTURE

Entrepreneurs, dreamers, and visionaries — your big break is arriving now.

On June 23, we’re teaming up with Tech Week and 7 Chicago venture capital firms to bring investors to your doorstep. From 11am to 2pm, you will have the opportunity to pitch your 15-minute startup idea to an investor who can make your passion a reality.

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA

Candidates must submit by 5PM CST on 6/18/2015 


UberVENTURE IS BRINGING
VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTORS TO YOU


HOW IT WORKS

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  • Complete the form by June 18 at 5pm, selected applicants will receive a confirmation on June 19
  • On Tuesday, June 23, from 11am to 2pm request VENTURE in your app
  • If connected, an SUV will arrive to your location with an investor
  • You’ll have 15 minutes to pitch your idea or startup
  • If interested, an investor will follow up with you after your pitch

For more information, please visit the official UberVENTURE rules.


In addition, we’re helping you kick your business into gear by offering $500 ride packages for FREE, courtesy of Uber for Business. Three winners will be selected based on creativity and strong growth potential – best of luck!


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MEET THE FIRMS

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TECH | WEB SERVICES | SECURITY

MATH Venture Partners is an early to growth-stage fund managed by a seasoned team of hands-on investors and operators. They look for entrepreneurial teams that have customer acquisition as part of their core DNA. MATH forms deep and personal partnerships with entrepreneurs and have built and scaled many large companies to successful exits. Both of their Managing Directors are serial entrepreneurs and teachers at heart and they love to partner with coachable founding teams that strive to constantly improve.

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E-COMMERCE | NEW MEDIA | MOBILE

Chicago Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund investing primarily in seed-stage technology companies in Chicago and the Central region of the country. As former operators engaged in the Chicago community, the team taps this experience, along with its network of advisors and investors, to help its nearly 50 portfolio companies operate, execute and scale, hire the right talent, and connect with customers.


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INDUSTRIAL | SOFTWARE | ENERGY

Cornerstone Angels is a private investment organization composed of highly successful executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. They target investment opportunities ranging from $250K to $2MM with their members often syndicating with other angel or venture capital investors.

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BUSINESS PRODUCTS | HEALTHCARE

Heartland Angels is a private equity network with a unique process. Their mission is to be a catalyst in the process of innovation by creating forums in which human, intellectual and financial capital are joined for a common purpose. Heartland Angels operates to facilitate the investor-company matching process where each party in the agreement has potentially something to gain and/or to lose.

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MANUFACTURING | INDUSTRIAL | NANOTECHNOLOGY

Independence Equity is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in companies commercializing technologies that improve resource utilization. The inspiration for the Independence Equity Fund stems from observations made by its founding partners while building, advising and investing in early-stage companies during the last decade. These observations include the growing demand for and depletion of natural resources; the need for ongoing process improvement and more efficient use of production inputs,and the ability of entrepreneurs to solve such problems through innovation. The Fund looks to partner with teams attacking significant opportunities with technologies and unique business models, with focus sectors that include: Energy, Water, Advanced Materials, and Agriculture.

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REAL ESTATE | SOFTWARE | BUSINESS SERVICES

Lakewest Venture Partners is an affiliate of Lakewest, Inc., a real estate and private equity company located in Chicago. It is led by Buzz Ruttenberg, David Mann and Jonathan McCulloch and was formed to pursue seed and early-stage investment opportunities primarily in Chicago. Investments and participation in companies can range from passive $50,000-$100,000 investments to those in excess of $1,000,000 with board involvement. The founders’ long history of business, civic work and entrepreneurship in Chicago allows Lakewest to provide the entrepreneurs they support with connections to an extensive network.

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EDUCATION | HEALTHCARE | FINANCIAL SERVICES

OCA Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses. OCA invests in many industries, with a preference for technology, financial services, education and healthcare technology. OCA supports innovative entrepreneurs who are obsessed with building great companies that stand the test of time. Their goal is to become an extension of the team and use our resources and experiences to help companies jump to the next level.


Uber for Business Winners


1. NECTAR | AGRICULTURE
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Nectar is a consumer product that automates gardening. At its core it is a smart enclosed greenhouse small enough to fit an average sized kitchen.

The Indoor home gardening system grows produce, herbs, and plants with lighting, humidity, temperature, pH control. It provides optimal growing conditions with fully automated machine learning. Other features include iOS & Android app control & integration, and online community and accessible plant database.

2. DISSECTABLES | EDUCATION

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DISSECTABLES produces realistic, customizable, and dissectible models of anatomical structures and biological specimens for education. These models are inexpensive, and can replace or supplement the use of real specimens.

DISSECTABLES manufactures realistic anatomical models by using 3D printing with customized printers. Their team members have run pilot studies within medical schools to prove the efficacy of educational products and they won a small prize from Oberlin College’s LaunchU pitch competition.

3. WOMEN WITH DRIVE | BUSINESS SERVICES

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Women With Drive Foundation (WWDF) provides a car to women in transition in exchange for their participation in an assessment that identifies her particular barriers to independence. Once identified, a two-year plan is established by our participants in conjunction with a WWDF program officer that is designed to build her skill sets so that she may become fully independent.

WWDF’s model taps existing resources within their communities, so that they build upon the successful models other nonprofit organizations already have in place. This feature helps eliminate redundancies and increase efficiencies.

Uber for Business provides reliable rides for your employees at a lower cost for your business. You can set policies to ensure compliance and simplify your travel management.  Sign up for free here.

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