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The West Suburban Illini “Shark Tank”

SAVE THE DATE – Join potential investors and experts from various venture capital groups, as they provide candid feedback to the various incubator companies that will also be in attendance from the University of Illinois and University of Chicago.

Join us for for an exciting Shark Tank “like” event, featuring investors and venture capital investors alike, as we hear from four incubator companies originated from the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.

Our investor experts include:

Adarsh Aarora
Adarsh is a founder and CEO of Reputada and Lisle Technology Partners. He was a founder and CEO of Athena Security which was acquired by Solarwinds (NYSE:SWI) in August 2012. Prior to Athena, Adarsh has created, managed and nurtured multiple successful start-ups (Peritus Software Services and Vista Technologies) to maturity, including an IPO that created a $500 million market capitalization. Adarsh is on the Boards of School of Applied Technology of IIT, and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science of Northwestern University. Adarsh is a founding Charter Member, Board Member and current President of TiE Midwest.

Eric Pouilly
Eric is the President of Pouilly Investment Company (PIC). PIC is an international investment and advisory firm focused on the United States and Europe. It’s diverse range of funds make private equity and hedge fund investments in the United States, and gives investors access to real estate and start-up deals. PIC, provides solutions that create lasting value for our investors as well as seeks to establish true collaborative partnerships with business owners and management teams that will lead to a substantial creation of value over a long-term investment horizon.

Our judges for the evening will include:

Tracy Nugent – Illinois State Bar Association Business and Securities Law Section

Neil Kane – Former CEO of Advanced Diamond Systems and acknowledged leader in technology commercialization with extensive start-up as well as big company experience. Neil has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and he is a contributor to on topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.