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mHUB Five-Year Anniversary and Product Showcase

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Join the Midwest hardtech innovation ecosystem for a day-long celebration to 50 product demos, 25 startup pitches, 3 panel discussions, a keynote from Charlie Bachtell, Founder and CEO of Cresco Labs, and an afterparty reception with live entertainment.

Ticket donation includes: food and beverage, live entertainment, swag, and access to the full program outlined below.


1:00PM | Check-in and Product Showcase Opens

2:00PM | Opening Remarks

2:20 - 3:05 PM | Panel: Fostering Equitable and Sustainable Impact Through Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Nicole Wolter, President & CEO, HM Manufacturing Inc.


  • Jason Coleman, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Project SYNCERE
  • Darren Riley, CEO & Co-Founder, JustAir Solutions
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Jeannette P. Tamayo, J.D., Associate Vice President, Office of the Vice-President for Economic Development and Innovation, University of Illinois System

2:20 - 3:20 PM | Startup Pitches: Climate and Energy Technology

  • Arke Global, Nana Arkouful, Founder
  • Blip Energy - Sophie Wennstedt, CEO
  • Haylon Technologies - Dante Vaisbort, Cofounder
  • Icarus RT Inc. - Mark Anderson, CEO & Founder
  • InfiniRel Corporation - Bert Wank, Founder
  • Organic Harvest Digital - Oluwaseyi Olaleye, CEO & Founder
  • OXTO Energy Storage - Michael Willemot

3:10 - 3:55 PM | Panel: Growing the HardTech Venture Community Around Humanity-Centered Technologies

Moderator: Kevin Willer, Partner, Chicago Ventures and Chair of the Board, mHUB


  • Joey Mak, Executive Director, Chicago:Blend
  • Corey Ryan, Managing Director & Partner, William Blair
  • Thru Shivakumar, CEO and Co-Founder, cohesion
  • Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director, Illinois Ventures

3:20 - 4:20 PM | Startup Pitches: MedTech

  • AION Prosthetics - Charlie Erdman, Co-founder & Industrial Designer
  • Bionode - Sumeet Dagar, CEO
  • Innoblative - Alyssa Bailey, Director of Product Development
  • Intuitap - Geoff Hutchins, Director of Engineering
  • Lemonaid - Sybil Berry, Founder
  • Neopenda - Sona Shah, CEO & Co-founder
  • Neursantys - John Ralston, CEO & Founder
  • Walela - James Balman, Founder

4:20 - 5:20 PM | Startup Pitches: Smart Manufacturing

  • Ant Robotics - Max Antonenko, Founder & CEO
  • Ascent Integrated Tech - Paul Couston, Co-founder & CEO
  • Autobon AI - Krystian Gebis, Founder
  • Ganance - Alex Ocampo, Founder
  • Iothic - Christopher Autry, Founder & CEO
  • Sabanto - Craig Rupp, Founder & CEO
  • Stroma Vision - Anil Uzengi, Co-founder & CEO
  • Zenblen - Tom Xinyuan Zhang, Co-Founder & CEO

4:25 - 5:10 | Panel: Energy Infrastructure and Advanced Energy Storage to Drive the CleanTech Revolution

Moderator: Garry Cooper, CEO and Co-Founder, Rheaply


  • Megan Clifford, Associate Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory
  • James E. Fritz, Senior Advisor & Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Shashank Sane, EVP, Transmission, Invenergy
  • Carrie Zalewski, Chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission

5:10 - 5:25 PM | Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Keynote: Charlie Bachtell, Founder and CEO of Cresco Labs

Fireside conversation moderated by Michon Ellis, CEO, CLOUT

6:30 - 9:30 PM | Afterparty


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Date and Time

06/23/22 @ 1:00 PM

06/23/22 @ 1:00 PM



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