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Startup Weekend Chicago: Connecting with budding entrepreneurs

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Over the course of the Startup Weekend in Chicago, 100+ attendees managed to put together some great ideas and concepts. Friday night opened with 60 pitches and whittled down to 16 finalists on Sunday night. 

Microsoft evangelists connected with these teams as participants and mentors and put on their 'entrepreneur hat' for the weekend! 

On Sunday night, Microsoft Startup Evangelist Sonal Mane talked with a few of the teams to get their take on the weekend and their experiences using the Microsoft platform. With the goal of launching a startup in 54 hours, most of these talented teams already had working prototypes.

Thanks to 1871 for hosting the Startup Weekend event which was powered by the Kauffman Foundation.

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Thanks for watching!

John O'Donnell, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation



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