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Driving Innovation and Growth




Reservations Required:

December 14, 2017

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Coalition Energy
18 South Michigan Avenue, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL  60601


We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2018. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest.
Global Midwest Alliance Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.
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About Our Sponsors
CBIZ acquired CMF Associates, LLC effective June 1, 2017. Founded in 2001, CMF provides transaction and transition-focused financial, operational, and human capital solutions to private equity firms and their portfolio companies across North America. CMF has served more than 135 private equity funds across more than 500 companies with transaction advisory, office of the CFO, strategic financial planning and analysis, and executive search offerings. Services include post-transaction consulting and integration, buy- and sell-side carve out, preparation for exit, dashboard and reporting development, and interim executive services. CBIZ provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances, employees, and insurance needs. CBIZ provides its clients with financial services including accounting, tax, financial advisory, government healthcare consulting, risk and advisory, and valuation services.  

Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $23 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries with more than 150 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas.

Wipfli ranks among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 1,800 associates, 41 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 60,000 clients including: Manufacturing and construction, contractors and developers, real estate, health care organizations, financial institutions, insurance, nonprofits, units of government, dealerships and individuals.

Energy Foundry invests venture capital in today’s most promising energy innovators, and we work with the world’s leading energy companies to build and scale new ventures. Our approach merges venture capital with the perks of partnership, and includes an arsenal of essential tools and relationships to help bring great ideas to market. We deploy capital and leverage strategic tools to de-risk investments and accelerate time to market for the most promising emerging energy companies. 

Coalition Loop supports the people who are working hard to make their ideas real. We provide coworking space and private offices for entrepreneurs and their teams.

Special guest David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide a few remarks on the 2018 economic outlook, a program which will be hosted by the Alliance and presented by William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on January 9, 2018 (register now).  

Guests will enjoy a holiday punch based on Charles Dickens' original recipe -- a sophisticated brandy-rum concoction ideal for ringing in the holiday season! 

Attendees at the reception will include civic, business and academic leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the corporate venturing, energy, manufacturing, logistics, food, water and clean technology industry sectors. 

The cost to attend the networking reception and fundraiser is $125 per person. Space is limited. Please register on or before December 13, 2017.