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BarPass is a social happy hour app that organizes and executes weekly after work events at the trendiest bars and restaurants. Members typically receive some complimentary drinks and/or exclusive specials at every event. Download BarPass for free today and start discovering new bars, meeting new people and tasting different spirits.
Phil Castro is a serial entrepreneur from Chicago who thrives off innovation and disruption. Castro has started two multi-million dollar companies of his own, as well as assisted in the growth of a few other venture capital backed start-ups in the past decade. Phil Castro's latest venture, BarPass solves a huge problem in the restaurant and bar space; consumers want a better happy hour experience and bars need to boost business during their slower times.
Dan Taneja is a beverage alcohol industry professional of 20+ years and has held leadership positions at companies like Diageo, Bacardi, Constellation, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Breakthru Beverage. He was most recently the Mentor in Residence for the ABInbev technology accelerator with Techstars. In 2015 he left Bacardi to start BevAnalytics, a survey platform for the alcohol beverage industry. The surveys provide insights and analytics for the industry, specifically measuring trade and brand penetration of drink menus, drink specials, back bars, beer taps, and POP branded visibility. BevAnalytics is the moneyball for the adult beverage industry.
BIM for Better is developing a platform utilizing building information modeling for dynamic 3D virtual models of buildings throughout the lifecycle of a building to integrate IoT to track energy, water, and materials for LEED and other green building certifications.
Juanita Garcia draws on over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, first in mechanical design for HVAC contractors and most recently in LEED Green Building consulting. Juanita was among the first professionals to earn the recognized green building credential, LEED AP BD+C, with a specialization in building design and construction. Juanita is a regular speaker in building information modeling technology for sustainability, LEED materials tracking, and Building Energy Benchmarking. Recognizing a need in the industry to better track energy, water, and other green building compliance metrics, Juanita founded BIM for Better.
Blazin’ Babes is a women's professional networking organization supported by a networking website platform where women come together in a social setting to network with one another to elicit business connections, opportunities for professional growth and offer guidance to other women in achieving their professional dreams and aspirations. Blazin' Babes provides female-centric networking events including workshops, panel discussions and other career-related programming based on a social platform which encourages women to network.
Dealer Fox, LLC is a digital management and consulting firm unique to the automotive industry. Dealer Fox advocates on behalf of new car dealerships by tracking their lead sources and managing third party vendor relationships. They provide clarity and confidence in an otherwise ambiguous space by eliminating wasteful spend and reinvesting in the returns. By providing clients with a featured "Marketing Automation Partner Portal," Dealer Fox enables users to provide agency quality optimization services, in-house.
Dan Trinidad is the CEO of Dealer Fox. Dan was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and has dedicated his professional time to creating innovative software and strategies for various industries. With years of experience in the automotive industry, Dan believes that the timing could not be more pertinent for long-term solutions to an ongoing issue.
John Dillon founded GuardianVets as a pet owner dissatisfied with the lack of access to veterinary care at night and weekends. John was a former project finance/investment banking professional at KPMG Corporate Finance LLC and Merrill Lynch. John has a Bachelors in Accountancy as well as a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. GuardianVets allows veterinary practices to offer after-hours care for their clients. Their service helps veterinary practices increase revenue through new appointments, lower staff cost, optimize appointment demand as well as increase client retention. GuardianVets was launched in February 2017 and currently serves thousands of pet owners across the Midwest.
Pauly immigrated to the States at the age of six to become the first member of her family to graduate college from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ranked top in the country. After graduation Pauly teamed with her best friend, Nika Koda to change the status quo and turn more "starving artists" into working artists. Currently there is not a simple way to commission artwork from young aspiring artists. Together Pauly and Nika created Hermit, a platform that connects art lovers who wish to purchase customized artwork directly to young artists. Pauly's job at Hermit primarily focuses on connecting with prospective partners, customer acquisition, and designing the UX/UI. When she is not Hermiting around she spends her spare time giving back to the community by volunteering at the School of the Art Institute as an Entrepreneur in Residence, teaching students how to start their own business ventures.
iDrivio is a platform that connects individuals and businesses with trusted instructors providing drivers education. We understand the challenges and what it takes to become a safe, confident and defensive driver and work with our clients every step of the way until this happens.
Mayra Khan is a seasoned operations and business development executive with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Over the past 8 years she has served as the Managing Partner at Nova Driving School where she has grown the business from $50k in annual revenue to over $2 million in annual revenue.
Mayra’s extensive experience and passion for innovation have led to recognition of the acute challenges as well as opportunities in the industry. She launched iDrivio to address the challenges in the billion-dollar a year driver education market.
PromoShare® is a proprietary promotional platform which partners local businesses with highly recognizable entertainment brands based on shared demographics and brand attributes. PromoShare® turns insight into profitable action by revealing the best ways for our customers to communicate and interact with their clients.
Ernesto Pedroza, founder of PromoShare, started his entrepreneurial career at a young age when he founded Alta Vista Graphics Corp at 24 years old. As founder and CEO of Alta Vista, he grew that company from inception to $7 million in revenue in 5 years.
RozaRoute is a data driven phone and smartwatch app that will be a B2B solution for the commercial cleaning services industry with the potential to serve the entire field service market. RozaRoute helps commercial cleaning companies of any size monitor and streamline the work of their teams, through real time data on the job, while providing guidance and training. The RozaRoute mission is to change the perception of cleaners and give cleaners the support
Ricardo Regalado is a serial entrepreneur, owner of facilities management company Rozalado & Co., the founder of RozaRoute and co-founder of Stokkup. Ricardo has over 13 years of experience in sales, marketing and brand management in various industries such as sports, real estate, finance, and apparel.
Story Street Labs is a vibrant online community that allows anyone to read, write, and share short stories and serialized works of fiction. Story Street Labs wants to reinvent the story publishing process so that everyone's stories become easier and quicker to tell, have a greater opportunity to engage the right audience, and are delivered in a more convenient and exciting way.form creative stories.
Carlos has more than 15 years of experience as a business development and marketing executive, having split that time between the U.S. and Brazil. He has a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Carlos is the founder of Story Street Labs, an online creative community where users can read and share original, short-form creative stories. Carlos has more than 15 years of experience as a business development and marketing executive, having split that time between the U.S. and Brazil. He has a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Marco López is co-founder of TourisTeen, the social enterprise disrupting the walking tour and tourism industry. Marco is also the President and co-founder of elemento L2, a creative agency focusing on experiential, digital, multicultural and shopper marketing. He is a Chicago native, yet spent most of his childhood in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University’s SNL program in Marketing Communications and is now pursuing an Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management.
TourisTeen is a social enterprise equipping underprivileged teens with social and soft skills, bridging their confidence gap by becoming walking tour guides. TourisTeen's goal is to become the largest network of walking tour-guides and help teens develop leadership skills they can use in college and beyond.