Support small business at an SBAC Now Venture Pitch Session on November 13th

Support small business at an SBAC Now Venture Pitch Session on November 13th

Join us at our SBAC Now Pitch Session, hosted by Arnstein & Lehr, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Click here to sign up! 

We have been having some great speakers and companies at the pitch sessions and this event will be another great event.

We’ve got an amazing keynote speaker for the evening:  

Rajeev Chopra, President at The MIS Department, Inc.

 Rajeev Chopra is the founder and president of The MIS Department, Inc., an IT services and consulting firm based in Chicago. In 2012 he served as the CIO at Obama for America, President Obama’s reelection campaign, where he was responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of internal IT infrastructure, security, inward-facing application development, personal technology and HQ and office infrastructure in more than 900 field offices across the country. His venture into the political space began in 2007, when he took a leave of absence to volunteer on then Senator Obama’s first presidential campaign. In early 2008, he became the Director of IT at Obama for America. At the conclusion of the first campaign, he took on the role of Director of IS at the Democratic National Committee, where he not only helped update the IT environment, but was credited for achieving substantial savings in the process.

These are our four exceptional startups that will be pitching:


LendSquare is the answer for brand new businesses to receive funding. When banks determine a business is not eligible for a loan, LendSquare is there to help. It is not quite a crowd-funding platform, but instead procures funds from small groups of investors instead of from the public.


Distilld is a free app for Whiskey drinkers to rate, collect and discover whiskey. Through the use of this free application, enormously valuable data can be collected and analyzed including demographic, geographic and sentiment about each brand and their products.


Paperwoven has developed solution for sending loved ones tangible greeting cards directly from a mobile app. For much less than the average greeting card, Paperwoven lets users choose between a one-time use, and an annual option at a discount. Rather than the run-of-the-mill card design, they work with artists to deliver fresh designs. 


VolX, or the Volatility Exchange, is on its way to becoming an exchange for trading the movement of assets. They differ from other exchanges in that profits from trading assets happen regardless of direction, rather than trading direction. They offer 1-month, 3-month, and 12-month contracts.

We also welcome our prestigious panel of judges:

Chris Gersch- Principle, Navigate Exchange

Eric Rice â€“ CEO, TrepScore

Chris Rentner â€“ President, Full Ahead Ventures

Mahrinah von Schlegel – Director of Strategy and Business Development, EarlyBird

Tom Denison â€“ Co-Founder, TechWauk Health

Don’t forget to sign up. Click here to get the earlybird price! Find more information here