CATTEC VI Retrospective




Thanks to all who participated in CATTEC VI.  A record 92 attendees registered for this year’s annual MRUN gathering.  Thanks especially to our sponsors listed below and to our event partners, the LES- Chicago Chapter and with ACCT Canada – the Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies.  With the help of these organizations MRUN was able to more broadly leverage experience across the region especially including our neighbors to the North.

Watch this space for updates of slide sets from speakers and comments from other attendees.

The local entrepreneurial community is that mix of ‘attitude’ with the bundle of entities, programs and people that entrepreneurs access to launch and grow their companies.  The Midwest has an incredibly rich mix of innovation communities.  The CATTEC Series aims to acquaint key players across the region so they can more effectively leverage the talent, capital, suppliers, and customers that startups need.

This year CATTEC featured several hotspots of innovation both within and beyond the the Midwest.  CATTEC VI “Zoomed-In” on regional innovations in start-up development in Chicago, St Louis and Toronto, plus offered a taste of some global hotspots as well with comments from entrepreneurs who have relationships in Brazil, China, Israel and Mexico.  Attendees heard from speakers that highlight what is happening in their respective start-up communities regarding co-working, accelerators, mentoring, novel funding mechanisms,  university programs and corporate programs as applicable.  Plus, attendees heard pitches from seven emerging companies coming out of their respective tech scenes.


To read about this year’s fast pitch companies, please click here.

For a complete list of speakers and biographies, please click here.



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

8:30 am – Registration Begins (continental breakfast served)

9:30 – 9:45 am – Welcome Remarks (Allen Dines, President MRUN)

9:45 – 11:30am – LES/MRUN Session: New Models for financing Startup Innovation” LES Chicago Chapter joint session with MRUN
Introduction:  Matt Hafter, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Moderator:  Gary Keller, MRUN

Andy Blake, Intrinsix, LLC
Teresa Esser, Silicon Pastures Angel Network
Mark Germano, American Heart Association
Jon Gortat, Emerging Innovation Fund, Purdue Research Foundation
Nat Harrison, Consulting Entrepreneur, INVO, Northwestern University
Anthony Lacenere, iNetworks
Kyle Nakatsuji, American Family Insurance

11:30 – 12:00pm –  Lunch

12:00 – 12:45pm –  Keynote “21st Century Higher Education and the Entrepreneurial Zeitgeist
Introductory Remarks: Allen Dines
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Krakauer, Director Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:45 – 1:45pm – Zoom in on Regional Innovations – Chicago
What’s happening in startups, co-working, accelerators, novel funding mechanisms
Jeff Carter,  Co-founder, Hyde Park Angels and West Loop Ventures
Troy Henikoff TechStars – Chicago
Steve McPhilliamy – Insight Accelerator Labs
Jeremy Neuner – Nextspace Co-working
Steve Gould – Chicago Innovation Mentors

1:45 – 2:30 pm – Zoom in on Regional Innovations – St Louis
What’s happening in startups, co-working,   accelerators, novel funding mechanisms.   
Moderator: Ken Harrington, Scandalaris Center, Washington University
Dan Broderick, BioSTL
Judy Sindecuse, Capital Innovations

2:30 – 3:15 pm – Fast Pitch Session – Emerging high tech Midwest companies
Moderator:  LeAnne Tourtellotte, Midwest Co-Investment Network

Altium Energy –  Presenter: Neil Kane

BriteSeed – Presenter: Paul A. Fehrenbacher

Healthy-TXT –  Presenter: Sharon Schreiber

Imbed Biosciences – Presenter:  Ankit Agarwal

Marvel Med Tech/InseRT MRI – Presenter Wally Block

Torigen Pharmaceuticals  – Presenter: Ashley Kalinauskas

Vimedicus – Presenter:  Tom Churchwell

3:15pm – 4:15 – Reception in the Atrium – Meet the presenting companies, learn more connect with others

Travel to the Wrigley Building – CTA Yellow line to downtown is adjacent to ISTP or your own travel solution 5:30pm-7:30pm
The Future of Work in the City that Works: Welcome NextSpace Coworking

Kindly, Register separately for this event at:

The Wrigley Building 14th   Floor
400 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday,    October 9, 2013

8:45am    – 9:00am   Opening Remarks

Speaker: Michael Rosen, Illinois Science + TechnologyPark

9:00am –   10:00am   Zoom-in on Regional Innovations – Toronto  What’s going on in Toronto’s tech scene –  startups, co-working,  accelerators, novel funding mechanisms.   


Tony Redpath, MaRS   Discovery District

Judith Blumstock,  MaRS Innovation

10:00am  – 11:00am  Challenges and Opportunities in Cross-border Business  Development (investing, partnering, customer growth)

ACCT Canada/MRUN   panel  How can our organizations help make connections that   build relationships that lead to more business on either side of the border

Moderator:  Janet Scholz, ACCT Canada


Darren Fast, University of Manitoba

Tony Redpath, MaRS Discovery District

Mike Rosen, Forest City Science and Technology Group11:00

11:15    Break 

11:15am – noon   Zoom in on Global Innovations – Beyond the Midwest –  Brazil, China, Israel, Mexico,

How can Midwest startups   leverage international opportunity? What’s the tech scene like in other centers of innovation and how do you plug in to them?    E.g. Co-working spaces, accelerators, novel funding opportunities, entrepreneur-support groups

Moderator:  Stacy Kessler, Founder, Platform 53


Israel:  Nate Ginsberg, Founder, Onset, LLC

Mexico: Mauro Leos  Founder, NeuHeit Associates

China:  Matt Brueggeman

Brazil: Daniela Branco, Founder, Brazilian Business Outreach


Noon – 1:00 pm   Applying the   Business Model Canvas, principles of lean startups and customer validation to   new ventures – even life science startups


Ted Feierstein, Leantech Group

1:00 – 2:00pm  Lunch and   informal armchair discussion:   The   Midwest Accelerator Landscape  – Who’s   who?  Who’s doing what?  What’s working, What’s not?

Moderator: Jeff Carter

Troy Henikoff, TechStars, Chicago

Steve McPhilliamy, Insight Accelerator Labs

Dan Broderick,   BioGenerator

Darren Fast, University of Manitoba & Winnipeg Innovations

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Closing   Remarks

Allen Dines, President, MRUN



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Bronze sponsor

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Event sponsors

CATTEC VI Sponsors

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Hotel accommodations are available at the Doubletree by Hilton, Northshore Chicago   Call the hotel directly at 847) 679-7000  mention you are participating in an event at the Illinois Sciecne and Technology Park.