05/12/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm CST Virtual

All day

  • Corporate
  • Growth Stage
Learn best business practices from tech experts at the 5th Annual ScaleUp Chicago, happening virtually on May 12, 2021!

Presenting sponsor


Join us virtually on May 12, 2021 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!

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. Check out last year’s blog recap!



Single ticket: $75

1871 Member

Single ticket: $0


Opening Panel

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM


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. Prior to Kellogg, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice.

Jeremie Bacon, Co-Founder & CEO, The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Entrepreneur and CEO in the B2B SaaS and outdoor recreation industries with a 20-year track record of success in organization building, sales & marketing execution, operations, and financial management. Jeremie is the co-founder of The Forge Adventure Parks, which designs, builds, and operates large-scale outdoor recreation parks to exhilarate, entertain, and educate guests of all ages and abilities. Previously, Jeremie was CEO of Imagineer Technology Group, which we sold to Dynamo Software in August 2020. Before that, he served as CEO of Synap Software Labs, which he co-founded in 2015 and merged into Imagineer in 2018. 

Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision

Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Her focus at Jellyvision is on the company’s strategy, improving processes to better scale operations, partnership development, and customer acquisition to continue fueling the company’s growth. Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has grown to serve more than 1500 mostly Fortune 1000 clients with ALEX, the most helpful employee decision support platform on the planet. In 2019, 18 million employees and $120 billion dollar’s worth of premium decisions were entrusted to ALEX.


10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Speaker/panel 2

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM


10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Speaker/panel 3

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Speaker/panel 3

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM


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].

Looking for more information on joining 1871?

We’d love to show you around, but due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, public tours of 1871 are indefinitely on hold.

Looking to learn all about our vibrant community and the many resources 1871 provides by either:

Scheduling a Membership Consultation (Early Stage only)

Attending one of our weekly info sessions (Early Stage only)