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SeedCon 2020 – Beyond the Hype

SeedCon is Chicago Booth’s flagship entrepreneurship and venture capital conference. Through keynote fireside chats, panel discussions, and various networking sessions, SeedCon provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and passionate members of the startup ecosystem to explore emerging industry themes and connect over shared ideas. Our audience extends beyond the campus to the general Midwest startup community. The Polsky Center is proud to co-host with Chicago Booth’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group (EVC) for this year’s SeedCon theme — Beyond the Hype — with keynote speakers Ravin Gandhi and Scott Case. The conference aims to dig past the hype and attention in select industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities at their core. Our panelists include experts, founders, and investors in AI, cannabis, and impact investment.

Agenda (subject to change)

10:30 a.m. // Arrival and Registration

11:00 a.m. // Opening Remarks

11:10 a.m. // Impact investing: Hype or promise? (in collaboration with Net Impact)

12:00 p.m. // Fireside Chat with Ravin Gandhi of GMM Nonstick Coatings

12:50 p.m. // Lunch (sponsored by Farmer’s Fridge)

1:40 p.m. // Artificial Intelligence: What can it actually do?

2:30 p.m. // Cannabis: What’s beyond the highhyperbole?

3:20 p.m. // Break (and participant lottery)

3:35 p.m. // Fireside Chat with Scott Case of and Upside

4:25 p.m. // Closing remarks

4:30 p.m. // Cocktail reception (sponsored by Foxtrot)


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