• Alexis Douglas

    Attorney, K&L Gates

    Alexis Crawford Douglas concentrates her practice in trademark prosecution and enforcement, and the strategic management of intellectual property portfolios.

  • Althea Legaspi

    Music Critic/Arts and Culture Reporter/Freelance Writer

    Music Critic/Arts and Culture Reporter/Freelance Writer for Chicago Tribune, RollingStone.com, Vulture, ReverbNation senior music curator, Songza and more.

  • Angie Gaffney

    Entrepreneur, Producer, Co-Founder at Stage 18

    Named by New City as one of the top 50 people in Chicago’s booming film industry, Angie is an award-winning producer, speaker, and entrepreneur with experience in film, television, commercials, and theater.

  • Bill Patterson

    Partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

    Come pick Bill’s brain about his experience with technology start-ups and protecting your intellectual property. It’s one of his favorite subjects and he’d love to chat.

  • Billy Geoghegan

    Music Doer

    if you are an independent record label, DIY artist, promoter, or music venue, I can help you with just about anything related to your business that you need help with. This includes anything from business set-up to booking, production to publishing, marketing to manufacturing, distribution to anything else you can think of.

  • Brandon Frankel

    Vice President Marketing, Branding and Partnerships
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    I have a great deal of experience in the entertainment industry covering many different facets.

  • Briana Belligio

    Technology and Intellectual Property Attorney
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    I am an attorney with a targeted emphasis in intellectual property and technology transactions.

  • Carter Russell

    Founder, Carter Russell Music

    Specialties: Carter specializes in promotional and marketing strategies for media.

  • Casey McMillan

    Of Cousel

    Come speak with Casey about various legal and practical issues you may be confronting in your pursuit of a business in the entertainment or media industry.

  • Cate Costa

    Director of Entrepreneurship at the Chicago Urban League

    Cate is effective coaching on investor pitch prep and growth strategy development.

  • Christiane Pheil

    Talent & Experience Director Red Frog Events LLC

    She is in her fifth year and Red Frog their sixth year of producing the successful music festival, Firefly.

  • Christopher Smith

    Technical Lead, Design

    Chris has 15+ years of experience in design, programming and mentorship.

  • Clancy Ryan

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Decisive, pro-active manager with diverse P&L experience in mobile technology. Areas of expertise include General Management, Operations Management, and Sales/Marketing.

  • Dan Golden

    Co-Founder, President & Chief Search Artist at BFO

    Dan has led the team from its roots as a search shop to a full-service performance digital media agency; optimizing paid and organic media across search, display, social, and mobile platforms.

  • Demetrio P. Cardona-Maguigad

    Strategic Design Director, Lime Red Studio

    Demetrio P. Cardona-Maguigad is a strategist and educator in the areas of communication, media, design, and web technologies

  • Eric Dilts

    Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

    Eric Dilts mentors in the areas of financial planning and tax advice.

  • Gary Kuzminski

    Marketing & Creative Director, CIMM Fest

    I’m a strong proponent of disruptive innovation, believe in the transformative power of community, and the necessity of maintaining an agile guerrilla mindset.

  • George Vukotich

    Advisor / Educator, Founding Venture Partner
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    George Vukotich works with a number of startups in areas related to strategy and funding.

  • Ilya Zlatkin

    Head of Business and Corporate Practice

    Ilya focuses on helping entrepreneurs and entertainers establish and develop their businesses.

  • Jake Trussell

    Creative Director

    Jake Trussell can mentor in idea generation, design, project leadership, communications and music production.

  • James VanOsdol

    VP, Audio Lab Rivet Radio, Inc.

    Effortless and expert communicator: in person, in print, online, or on-air.

  • Jason Feehan

    Product Manager | Program Manager | Attorney | Consultant | Author & Professional Public Speaker

    Jason Feehan is a musician, attorney, author, journalist, public speaker, instructor, and project management professional (PMP) who co-wrote the critically-acclaimed The Indie Band Survival Guide (Macmillan), Making Money With Music (online course via CreativeLive), and is a columnist at Electronic Musician Magazine (The DIY Advisor).

  • Jeff Becker

    Partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

    Come speak with Jeff Becker about various legal (and practical) issues you may be confronting in your pursuit of a business in the entertainment or media industry.

  • Jem Bahaijoub

    Founder/Owner, imaginePR

    Jem’s marketing services include print and online PR, digital marketing, social media consultancy, web development, and branding.

  • Jeremiah Seraphine

    Director of Data Insights & Optimization, Vokal

    I love to build, launch, and iterate.

  • Jerry Brindisi

    Coordinator, Music Business at Columbia College Chicago

    Business & Entrepreneurship professor Jerry Brindisi went from performing in bands to managing them.

  • Joe Bogdan

    General Counsel and/or Chief Operations Officer

    Joe’s primary areas of expertise include:

    Entertainment and Media: live events, music, motion picture/television, publishing, consumer products, and video games.
    Intellectual Property: copyright, trademark, trade secret and name and likeness protection and licensing.
    Corporate: formation, ongoing maintenance, funding, and purchases/sales of businesses. Commercial transactions, partnership/shareholder agreements, employment contracts, and leases.
    Litigation: civil litigation in state and federal courts, for both plaintiffs and defendants.

  • Jonathan Jong

    Enterprise Technology Strategist at Microsoft

    Always passionate about learning, Jonathan loves to discuss ideas and bleeding edge technology in cloud and augmented reality.

  • Josh Chicoine

    Co-Founder, Artistic Director at Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, CIMMfest

    Following many years as a touring and recording artist, member of the M’s, and having played some of the most storied venues in the country, Josh co-founded the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival

  • Josh Frank

    Project Lead, User Experience

    Josh has 15+ years in web design & development—as a freelancer, agency project lead, and UX professional and he mentors students at the Startup Institute and Starter League.

  • Joy Merten

    Account Manager, Stagebloc

    I love challenging music, whether it’s heavy or not.

  • Karl Maurer

    Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

    In the spirit of community service, Karl has volunteered as a mentor to members who may need inspiration and ideas on getting a business plan written and implemented.

  • Kate Drane

    Senior Director, of Tech Outreach Indiegogo

    Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Senior Director of Chicago Outreach. She has led hundreds of companies, including Misfit Wearables, Jolla and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.

  • Katherine Raz

    Fouder, Small Craft Advisory

    She’s an expert in the Shopify platform and specializes in marketing for social enterprise, fair trade businesses and entrepreneurs focused on using business as a force for good.

  • Kyla Lombardo

    KLL Marketing Founder

    Kyla runs a marketing consultancy, KLL Marketing, that focuses on connecting artists, entertainment properties and brands with fans.

  • Lance Curran

    Artist Shops Account Director and Comic Book Czar at Threadless

    Lance loves to invite like-minded misfits to the Threadless HQ for tours, interviews, and possible projects. He’s also an art, music, and comic book junkie who likes to get his brain caught in the marketing cookie jar.

  • Lena Shapiro

    Associate Attorney

    Come speak with Lena about various legal (and practical) issues you may be confronting when working to get your start-up off the ground.

  • Leslee Cohen

    Principal, Hershman Cohen Law

    Leslee M. Cohen concentrates her transactional practice in securities law, corporate finance and general corporate law.

  • Levi Baer

    Founder Levi Baer Consulting
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    A team building consultant, Communications Instructor at DePaul University, and founder of the entrepreneurial community Coffee & Conversation. He brings guidance on the startup process, gamification, team dynamics, and personal productivity.

  • Lyndsey Ager

    Director of Communications & PR, Music Dealers
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    Our expertise includes original custom music creation, sonic logo-branding, live productions and music royalty administration.

  • Marissa Strassel

    Founder, Creative Director and Strategy Lead

    Marissa is an agile brand strategist and thrives helping organizations strengthen brands and increase impact. She is Founder, Creative Director and Strategy Lead at Strassel Creative, a brand studio she founded in 2002 to serve purpose-driven organizations. She is formally trained in graphic design and has over a decade of experience managing creative teams. Let’s meet to frame problems, generate ideas, review your website or outreach strategy.

  • Matt Pearson

    Founder, GigFunder
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    Specialties: Financial modeling, complex data analysis, contract negotiation, business strategy, direct sales

  • Michelle Wahl

    Partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

    Do you have entertainment-related industry questions? Litigation or transactional questions regarding copyright, trademark, music licensing, royalties, artist management, music contracts and the like? Feel free to swing by and chat with Michelle

  • Mike Carpenter

    Product Lead, Info Architecture

    Mike has 10+ years of experience in marketing, design, and management, getting small business processes down to a science

  • Mikhael Ann Bortz

    Head of Entertainment Law Practice

    Stop in for Mikhael’s mentor hours to discuss your burning legal questions, or just to trade industry war stories!

  • Mitch Posada

    Founder, LeanStart/Brandless Group

    Known for his product and growth strategy and execution consulting to dozens of start-ups in mobile, IoT, digital, and sports; Mitch is passionate about mentoring.

  • Nathan Stein

    Senior Project Manager at 10th Magnitude, Inc.

    Nathan’s guidance will be particularly useful for those refining vision, business plan, and related analyses, documentation, and presentations, and development of prioritized plans for executing strategy.

  • Nicole Bernardi-Reis

    IFP Chicago

    Nicole focuses on entrepreneurial empowerment for media makers and helping filmmakers of all kinds find their audience.

  • Norm Winer

    Media Strategist

    For more than forty years, Norm Winer has been one of North America’s most respected and celebrated radio programmers and media strategists, including extended stints as director of programming at WXRT Chicago (1979-2016), CBS Radio VP of Rock format (2003-2009), and prominent roles at ground breaking legendary FM rock outlets in San Francisco (KSAN 1977-79) and Boston (WBCN 1969-77).

  • Patti Silverman

    Connector, Advisor, Consultant

    Patti Silverman operates in the space where music and technology converge.