Tag Archive: Chicago

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    by Angie Chang

    Alltuition: Helping Make College Accessible For The Masses

    Bringing greater transparency and ease to college financing for students and families.

    By Sue Khim (Founder & CEO, Alltuition)

    Like millions of others, I required financial assistance as a college student. I went through the arduous and frustrating financial aid and student loan process.

    I spent hours surfing the internet only to find that I needed to complete the same information repeatedly and get bombarded with risky financial offers and email spam. As an engineer, I looked at this broken process and thought, if there were software to help me through this, the process could be easy.

    This experience brings me to where I am at today.

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    by Angie Chang

    Edutech Startup Founder & CEO Sue Khim Talks Accelerators, Programming, and Saving Students Money

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Sue Khim is founder and CEO of Alltuition, a startup that empowers students and their families to navigate the financial aid process. She developed the concept for Alltuiton when she was a junior at the University of Chicago with $50,000 of undergraduate debt. With her co-founders Sam Solomon and Silas Hundt, together they have built out a powerful platform of college finance tools.

    Alltuition brings every step of financial aid into one easy interface, like a TurboTax for college. Students, parents, and grads can fill out forms, manage deadlines, compare loans, and more.

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner event: TechWeek Conference, Expo (July 22-29 in Chicago)

    TechWeek is a conference and expo, as well as dozens of events and parties in Chicago from July 22-29, 2011.

    TechWeek connects Chicago and the Midwest to technology and startup visionaries. Featured speakers include Penelope Trunk (Founder, Brazen Careerist), Aneesh Chopra (CTO, United States), Jory Des Jardins (Co-Founder, BlogHer), and Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist).

    Women 2.0 members save 20% with discount code “tw11women20” when you register here. Check out Women 2.0 Founder Friday on July 29, part of TechWeek’s festivities!

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Friday Networking Mixer (July 29 in Chicago)

    By Ishita Sharan (Founder Friday Coordinator, Women 2.0)

    Women 2.0 is hosting a Founder Friday networking mixer in Chicago on Friday, July 29, 2011.

    Sue Khim (Founder & CEO, EduLender), Sue Kim (Founder, Dress Me Sue) and Marian Mangoubi (Founder, Sassy CEO) will host aspiring and early-stage startup founders for the mixer.

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    by Angie Chang

    12 Women Tech Entrepreneurs in the Windy City

    By Marian Mangoubi (Founder & CEO, Sassy CEO)

    Across the nation, you can see and feel the rise of the entrepreneurial spirit. Companies are blooming, many started by women, and public/private partnerships are being created to help new entrepreneurs maneuver the path to success.

    What kind of startups depends on where you live. The West Coast has a lot of software and app development, and the East Coast fashion and media. But where does that leave us in the Midwest? Interestingly enough, in a good position.

    Here in the Windy City you’ll find healthcare, clean energy, media, consumer-oriented, and software companies. We have the full-gamut. And yes, there are women tech entrepreneurs in that mix.

    Why haven’t we heard of these rockstar women entrepreneurs before? Well, truth-be-told, we’re often working heads down on creating and building out our businesses that we forget to market ourselves outside of the Windy City.

    But that is all changing. There is a movement building amongst many gals in tech here to make our voices be known. We don’t want to just be at the table. Rather, we want to be leading the discussions.

    Here are 12 Midwest Superstar Women Entrepreneurs:

    Betsy Huigens (Founder, BlueLight App)
    The BlueLight app, an iPhone safety app, is a must have for everyone. It offers the user a way to feel safe without having to compromise privacy or independence. It has been dubbed the “call me when you get there 2.0” and received venture capital funding from Sandbox Industries. Follow her startup on Twitter at @BlueLightApp.

    Hallie Steube (Founder, BookYap)
    Hallie Steube is an avid reader who was always looking for a new book to read and wanted to find a way to emulate the offline book browsing experience online. When she couldn’t find a site that offered this experience, she decided to create BookYap, a web-based application that offers smart book recommendations based on your interests. She received venture capital funding from Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based venture capital and incubator firm. Follow her on Twitter at @HallieSteube and her startup at @BookYap.

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    by Angie Chang

    A Midwest Entrepreneur’s Ride from Idea to VC Funding

    By Katie Hill (Founder, Commuter Advertising)

    Started with an Idea on a Train in Chinatown

    The idea for Commuter Advertising came to us on a “L” train in Chicago coming back from a White Sox game. The train stopped at Chinatown and it dawned on us, “Wouldn’t it be cool if a restaurant could distinguish itself by broadcasting a message that would pull people off this packed train and into their restaurant.” At the same time, the Chicago Transit Authority was facing funding challenges so it seemed like a good way to get money into transit and a viable new business venture.

    We voluntarily left our jobs in the midst of the worst economic crisis in 30 years

    Leaving wasn’t easy; I loved my company and my role as a technical manager at Arc Worldwide, an affiliate of Leo Burnett. Friends and family thought I was nuts to leave a corporate job two weeks after the stock market went bust. But I was encouraged by the three-year contract we had just secured with our first transit client, the Greater Dayton RTA, in Dayton, OH. With a lot of passion but no guarantee of revenue we moved our business and our life to Dayton. I’ll never forget collecting our first check for the new media product we created. Even better was getting our first renewal from an advertising client and the sense that it’s working.