05/10/2023 | Time TBD | Hybrid

6 hours

  • Corporate
  • Growth Stage

Learn best business practices from tech experts at the 7th Annual ScaleUp Chicago, happening both in-person and virtually on Wednesday, May 10, 2023!

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This year’s program integrates 1871’s full tech continuum of founders, growth-scalers, and corporate innovators for a day of learning, networking, and sharing stories of success. 

Join us in-person or virtually on May 10, 2023 for an exciting lineup of Chicago tech leaders at ScaleUp Chicago. At ScaleUp, you’ll be able to connect with peers, discuss best practices for scaling business, share and hear stories from Chicago tech, and so much more!

Connect with peers

Discuss best practices for scaling business

Share and hear stories from Chicago Tech

and so much more!



Single ticket: $75

1871 Member

Single ticket: Complimentary

Registration will open in early 2023.

2022 Agenda

2023 Agenda and speakers will be announced in early 2023. Please stay tuned for more information about our stellar lineup!

Coffee connect + Networking

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM


9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Keynote / Fireside Chat: The Great Resignation & Talent Crunch

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM


Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, now the Number 1 ranked university affiliated -tech incubator in the world. Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students.

Steven Galanis

Steven Galanis, Co-Founder & CEO, Cameo

Steven Galanis is the Co-founder and CEO of Cameo, the leading marketplace building personal relationships among talent, fans and brands through custom video messages, live video calls and direct messages. Launched by Galanis, Martin Blencowe and Devon Townsend in 2017, the Cameo platform has connected fans with over 50,000 of their favorite athletes, entertainers and other influencers, facilitated more than 4 million magical moments, and raised more than $1.5 million for a wide range of charities through its Cameo Cares program.

Inspiration: the first principle of attracting talent, money and making disruption happen

9:55 AM - 10:25 AM

Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus, Co-Founder & CEO, Riva Health

Dag Kittlaus is a serial entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO of two digital assistant companies, Siri and Viv. Siri was acquired by Apple 2010, after which Dag ran the Siri and speech recognition teams at Apple. Viv was likewise acquired by Samsung, forming the basis for their digital voice assistant Bixby.

After surviving the same cancer that took the life of his former boss Steve Jobs, Dag entered the Digital Health space and is currently the co-founder and CEO of a Riva Health, a mobile-based disease management system for high blood pressure.

Panel Discussion: Developing Work Systems That Enable Teams to Innovate Collaboratively

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM


Lindsey Perez

Lindsey Perez,  Director of Customer Support and Operations, Yello

Lindsey Perez loves people and software and the intersection of the two. Most of her career has been spent building teams of people who help maximize the value people get from technology. Currently, she does this as Director of Customer Support and Operations at Yello. When she’s not working, you can find her out walking, doing a crossword puzzle, or generally being a goofball with her family.

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Cass Baker

Cass Baker, President, Chief Operations Officer, GainShare

Cass leads GainShare Performance Marketing with offices in Chicago and Toronto. With over 25 years of performance marketing and technology experience, Cass has developed, grown and even sold, companies and solutions serving brands large and small. Cass came on board at GainShare as President and COO in 2020 and he leads the organization, its client offerings, business and product strategy, client development, and marketing. Cass has worked with over 200 brands (Comcast Communications, Allstate, General Motors, DeVry University, US Postal Service Capital one, to name a few) delivering results across categories including telecommunications, financial services, automotive, higher education, direct to consumer and business services. Cass is also a board member and mentor to several companies and industries.

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Priti Patel

Priti Patel, Chief People Officer, G2

Priti is currently Chief People Officer at, “where you go for software”.

Prior to joining G2, Priti was at TribusAllen, a leadership consulting firm, where she served
as Principal. She founded and served as CEO of MindPoint, an employee engagement
company which was later acquired by Life Cross Training where she was COO and Advisor.
She’s also held roles at GE, PepsiCo, and Target.

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Boyede Sobitan

Boyede Sobitan, CEO and Co-Founder, OjaExpress

Boyede Sobitan is the CEO and Co-Founder of OjaExpress. OjaExpress seeks to become the United Nations of Groceries at your Fingertips, by aggregating the best cultural grocery stores in local communities, onto one digital platform.

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Encouraging Agility, Flexibility, and Adaptability Across a Network

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Garry Cooper

Garry Cooper, Jr., PhD, CEO & Co-founder, Rheaply

Dr. Garry Cooper is the Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, cities, and universities to enter the circular economy through reuse. He also serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Dr. Cooper served on the faculty of Northwestern University and facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Dr. Cooper has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists. Dr. Cooper has also been recognized as a Scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs, a 2021 Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, and one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs in 2021 as determined by Goldman Sachs. Dr. Cooper has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a U.S. patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS & BA in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University.

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Modernizing Core Process to Better Model, Analyze and Predict the Impact of Each Decision

11:55 AM - 12:25 PM

Claude Cimeus

Claude Cimeus, Director of Platform, P33

Claude comes from the world of startups. He recently joined P33 as Director of Platform to help make Chicago the best place in the world for founders and startups. So far, he has spent his entire career building products at some of the leading venture-backed companies here in Chicago, most recently, Chicago unicorn ActiveCampaign.

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Safa Shameem

Safa Shameem, Consultant, Slalom

Safa Shameem is Consultant that specializes in product and delivery for Slalom a global consulting firm that focuses on strategy, technology, and business transformation. Her background is originally in data & analytics where she spent time in her career helping scale early stage and high growth startups. She fundamentally believes that a better product and software ultimately means a better world to live in. Safa is passionate about community building and is the co-founder of Muslim Women in Technology a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to advance Muslim women and PoC in the tech industry.

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Closing Keynote/ Fireside Chat: Learning from Success and Failures

12:25 PM - 12:50 PM

Lisa Laws, COO of 1871

Lisa Laws, COO of 1871

Lisa Laws is the Chief Operating Officer at 1871, responsible for day-to-day operations, building employee alignment, and creating critical organizational targets. Gifted in operational leadership and collaborative work, Lisa’s Engineering and Project Management background in the Private sector and Operations, Community Engagement, and Policy in the Public sector has given Lisa a unique skill set to successfully manage cross-functional teams to create and execute strategic priorities.

Kristi Ross

Kristi Ross, Co-Founder, Co-CEO & President, tastytrade

Kristi Ross, Co-Founder, Co-CEO & President of tastytrade has been in the fintech and trading industry for more than 30 years and has experienced over 40 mergers, acquisitions, capital raises and startups in her career. Kristi is the Co-Founder of original dough, a visual frontend trading technology platform launched in 2014, which was ultimately combined with and rebranded when the team launched their own online brokerage firm tastyworks in 2017. In 2021, tastytrade was acquired by IG Group for over $1B. Kristi continues to serve as Executive Board Member of tastytrade, is Chairman of tastyworks, and now serves on the IG Group N.A. Board and Executive Committee. She also co-hosts the show Bootstrapping in America, where she interviews innovative entrepreneurs. Kristi is passionate about empowerment of do-ers, self directed investors and entrepreneurs.

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Closing Remarks

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM


Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, now the Number 1 ranked university affiliated -tech incubator in the world. Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students.

Lunch & Networking

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


We’re thrilled to open our call for sponsors for this year’s ScaleUp Chicago. There are three sponsorship tiers – Presenting, Gold and Silver. For more information, please contact Derrick Davis at [email protected].

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