ScaleUp 2024

05/08/2024 8:30 am – 2:00 pm CST

@ 1871 + Virtual

  • Corporate
  • Growth Stage

Join the tech community for our 7th annual Scaleup,  a half-day event to elevate growth and late-stage founders & leaders with programming on how to scale, grow, and lead a company in today’s ever-changing technical & geo-political world.

Event Start Date:
January 1, 1970
Event End Date:
January 1, 1970
Event Venue:

Startup Tech Conference

ScaleUp is our annual half-day technology conference dedicated to bringing together the brightest growth and late-stage company leaders and storytellers from across the Chicago tech industry in one place.

Who's should attend?

Level up your business and fuel your company & team’s growth! This event is perfect for:


Late-stage Scalers

Corporate Innovators


Key takeaways

This is THE place to make invaluable connections with peers, gain tactical insights for future industry growth, and increase your brand awareness within the Chicago growth & late-stage tech community. 

• Hear from industry leaders about their personal & professional stories for actionable insights on how to scale businesses and other growth-related topics.

• Connect with peers during hands-on learning through growth-centered workshops

• Utilize a space dedicated to discussions of overcoming challenges and scaling a business in our ever-changing tech world.


See details on cost to attend!


$75 / Individual

1871 Members

No cost, please check your email to find member code.

Day's agenda

Pre-event networking

8:30 – 9:00 AM CST

Opening remarks

9:00- 9:10 AM CST

Betsy Ziegler

CEO of 1871

Session 1

Breaking Through the Messy Middle

9:10 – 10:00 AM CST

Aashish Dalal

General Partner @ Venture Studio

David Soto

Chief Investment Strategic Officer @ Azelera Capital

Mike Rome

Fractional CMO & CGO, Startup Advisor @ Moonwater

Tessa Flippin

Founder & Managing Partner @ Capitalize VC

Session 2 

10:10 – 11:00 AM CST

Founder Panel: Leading a Startup to a ScaleUp

Leader Panel: Leading a Startup to a ScaleUp

Cindy Don

Head of Software Engineering @ Pangea Money Transfer

Regan Davis

VP Product @ SpotHero

Varvara Alva

COO & CFO @ Avid Bots


11:15 – 12:00 PM CST

The Art of Managing Others

Maximizing Marketing Budget

Scout Driscoll

Founder & CEO @ DesignScout

Amanda Wurzbach

Head of Brand, Design Scout @ Design Scout

Finances in Order

Navigating Product-Market Fit

Chris Durbin

Director of Experience @ Storygrounds


12:15 – 1:00 PM CST

Jaron Waldman

Chief Product Officer @ Cohere

Lunch & Networking

1:00 – 2:15 PM CST


1871 at the historic Merchandize Mart in Chicago, IL

Don't miss out!

Get ready to have an amazing day of peer building, growth oriented programming, and key insights to fuel your momentum!