Congratulations to our 2018 pitch competition winners!
1st place - SiteZeus, empowering businesses to harness machine learning to help select the best sites to open new stores.
2nd place - Unocula, detecting guns in real-time security camera feeds and immediately notifying authorities.
3rd place - Altris.AI, devoloping an ophthalmology deep learning platform for retinal disease detection on OCT scans at early, asymptomatic stages.
Jason Salavon, The University of Chicago
Logan LaHive, Techstars Chicago
Hyde Park Angels
Charlie Connor, Heretik
Invest Detroit Ventures
Chicago Machine Learning VC Summit Founder
Jason Salavon (Presenter) is an Associate Professor at The Uniersity of Chicago where he uses software processes of his own design to generate and reconfigures masses of communal material in an effort to present new perspectives on the familiar. His work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world. Reviews of his exhibitions have been included in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Examples of his artwork are included in numerous prominent public and private collections. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art, and faculty in the Computation Institute, at the University of Chicago. He was also employed for numerous years as an artist and programmer in the video game industry.
• What does your company do?
• What problem does it solve?
• What’s the business model?
• Who is your target market?
• Why is your team best suited to solve this problem?
Pitches are 5 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A with Judges
Hyde Park Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on high-growth technology startups in the Midwest. With offices in Chicago and Indianapolis – and a network of advisors throughout the region – Hyde Park Venture Partners invest in proven startups who have incredible founding teams and fast growth.
Ian is a General Partner at OCA Ventures. He has 25+ years experience as a business operator and entrepreneur with a background in technology in the financial services, data services, insurance, communications and retail industries. Read Ian’s full bio here.
Uniquely aligning relationships in the innovation ecosystem, TechNexus Venture Collaborative finds, funds and grows technology ventures as a force multiplier for entrepreneurs and enterprises. Through accelerating commercial activity for startups and engaging enterprises earlier in the development process, TechNexus catalyzes growth.
How can I apply to pitch at this event?
Your deck should be a Microsoft Powerpoint or PDF document, and should be the equivalent length of a 5 minute presentation. You may also opt to submit a link (publicly available, or password protected if you provide the credentials) to a video of you pitching. Do not spend too much time on staging and video quality, as long as you are clearly visible and can be understood. You may also submit any financials, if applicable and desired.
All materials should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Chicago Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit – Pitch Application” (wmailto:email@example.com the quotes) as the subject line. Be sure to use this exact subject line and submit all the materials as described or your application will be rejected. Please also make sure you can commit to the date and time of the summit.
There is no fee to apply, but you must buy a ticket to the event if you are chosen as a finalist.