June’s top events on our calendars


Explore Chicago’s startup and design scene through these events. From Creative Mornings to The Annual Moxie Awards, you’re bound to learn something new and rub elbows with some really energetic people in the industry. Mark your calendars:

1.) Entrepreneurs Unpluggd: Startup Lightning Round
When: Tues., June 4,  6-9 p.m.
Where: Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St.
Tickets: http://entrepreneursunpluggd.com/event/startup-lightning-round

Why you should go:
Hear advice from startup founders in five 7-minute-long presentations. The goal of the event is to learn from each others’ experiences in a fast-paced environment. This month’s speakers include George Page (Portapure), Jill Felska (Path),  Tom Ruginis (HappiLavs and Ruugy Media), Tim Hines (BT Social) and Amanda Britt (Panzanzee).

What is Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs Unpluggd?
Entrepreneurs Unpluggd is an event series targeted to create an intimate environment where entrepreneurs can learn from experiences, as well as network with others.


2.) Leap Year Project (LYP) iBook Event
Tues., June 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Ave.
Registration:  http://lypibook.eventbrite.com/

Why you should go:
The Leap Year Project is now available as an iBook. Friends, supporters and leapers alike can come to meet and learn more about Victor Saad’s year-long project.

What is The Leap Year Project?
The Leapyear Project is a cumulation of  Victor Saad’s 12-month journey around the globe as an apprentice to learn design, business and social change. Read more about his book here.


 3.) Talks @ 1871: Founders Stories with Brian Spaly
When: Thurs., June 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1871 Auditorium, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6773964109/es2/?rank=1

Why you should go:
Get inspired by others in the startup industry as they share their success stories over beer and pizza.
What is Founders Stories?
Founders Stories is a monthly series where local company founders share their success stories. This month Brian Splay, of Trunk Club, will be sharing his story.


4.) CreativeMornings with Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design
When: Fri., June 14, 8:30-10 a.m.
Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
Registration: http://matteobologna.eventbrite.com/

Why you should go:
Start your Friday off with insights from Mucca Design’s Matteo Bologna in this month’s food-themed CreativeMornings. Brush elbows with other creatives in the city or get inspired.

What is Creative Mornings?
CreativeMornings is a morning lecture series with top players in the design world.


5.) The Starter League – Starter Night
When: Fri., June 14, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave.
Tickets: http://starternight.splashthat.com/
Why you should go:
Hear pitches from the Starter League’s biggest class yet.

What is The Starter League?
The Starter League is a program that teaches people with little to no experience in user experience (UX), visual design and front-end and back-end web development. Over the course of 11 weeks, students learn these skills and collaborate to create a web app. At the end of the course, students present their projects at a pitch event.


6). The Second Annual Moxie Awards
When: Thurs., June 20, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.
Tickets: http://moxies.eventbrite.com/

Why you should go:
Support local digital entrepreneurs and rub elbows with others in the industry over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
What is The Second Annual Moxie Awards?
The Second Annual Moxie Awards is a night dedicated to the best of Chicago’s innovative digital entrepreneurs. Awards range from “Best Corporate Digital Innovation” to “Best Beard.”


7.) Technori Pitch Chicago
When: Tues., June 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St.
Tickets: http://technori.com/pitch/

Why you should go: 
Learn about the latest startups and meet others in the startup industry.

What’s Technori?
Technori is an online hub for the entrepreneur community, providing curated content and monthly events aimed at bringing people  together to spark fresh ideas.


8.) Built in Chicago Launch – JUNE

*Details for this event have not been released yet. Check Built in Chicago later for more information.*

Why you should go: See what recently launched startups are doing. This is also a great chance to network with other entrepreneurs.

What’s Built in Chicago?
Built in Chicago is an online community for entrepreneurs to make posts, find tips, and lookup Chicago events.

Top photo via builtinchicago.org
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