Chicago Demo Day

On Thursday, Brandery will be traveling to the fantastic accelerator space of 1871 to host a pitch event for local investors. After garnering national attention and drawing hundreds to the Great American Ballpark for the official Brandery Demo Day in early October, we could tell that the crowds were practically screaming, “Encore, encore!”…  And we can’t say no to that!

Demo Day Chicago will take place Thursday, November 1st from 6-9 pm at 1871.

1871 is a startup accelerator located in the famed Merchandise Mart in the heart of downtown Chicago.  This five-month-old tech hub, which opened its doors in May, has provided more than 160 startups with access to mentorship, advice, educational resources and programs, and office space to build their businesses.  1871 has made a name for themselves in the startup world and we are excited to partner with them for this event.

The evening will feature 10 of The Brandery’s 2012 graduates.  Each company will have the pitch their company idea to interested investors and hang around after to answer any questions people have about their business, story and entrepreneurial passion.  Attendees are invited to join us afterwards at McFadden’s Bar to celebrate what is sure to be another successful Demo Day!

Site of the Day: ChoreMonster.com

As the father of a 4-year-old, I was naturally drawn to this site. Although my son doesn’t have his own iPhone (yet), ChoreMonster.com still gets me thinking about the future of putting him to work! Child labor laws aside, this site is awesome for so many reasons. One aspect I really love is that it appeals to parents and kids alike. On the parent side, the purpose (helping kids responsibly manage their chores at home) is clear and powerfully presented. From a kid’s perspective, the site’s theme is fun and enticing. The trick in designing websites for kids is to not overdo the goofiness. This kid-friendly website achieves the right balance between thematic design and meaningful content. Love it.

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