05/12/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 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!

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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


Coffee connect

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM

BYOC and join us for Coffee 101. You’ll learn how to choose the coffee that’s right for you, get the most out of your coffee grind, and other general tid bits about how to channel your inner barista!


Alex Corsi, Head Cafe Manager, Brewpoint

Opening Panel

9:00 AM - 9:50 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.

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.

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. 

Doing Well and Doing Good: Community Engagement and Impact at Any Stage

10:00 AM - 10:35 AM

Now more than ever, companies are called not just to do well in their business endeavors, but to do good in the communities where they work. Get simple ways to scale up community engagement and social impact while also growing the company.


Colleen Costello, Head of Social Impact, Relativity

Colleen Costello is the Head of Social Impact at Relativity, a Chicago-based software company. For the past five years, Colleen has helped scale Relativity’s community engagement and corporate social responsibility programming to best meet the needs of the company’s global community. She began her career as a high school teacher through the Teach For America program where she eventually served as a Director of Development. Colleen is passionate about education, technology, and workforce development.

Organizational Design for Growth: Creating Methods Amongst the Madness

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us to hear effective strategies and how to approach change management and process, from the people side of things when your company is faced with big changes or growth in a short amount of time,