• Evanston edge startup showcase

    Sponsored by First Bank & Trust

    November 16th - 6:00 PM

    Rotary International - 1560 Sherman Avenue

    Free Event

    networking and drinks upon conclusion of pitches

  • The Startups

    Up-Ride is the brainchild of Chicago’s Joseph Prosnitz. For many years, Joseph, an avid runner and cyclist, was having difficulty training for triathlon and marathon. Compounded by his juvenile arthritis, his training caused painful strain on his knees and back. Undeterred and making it his mission to learn as much as he could about bicycles, he started volunteering at The Recyclery, a Chicago non-profit providing bicycle education, and repairs in the low-income Rogers Park community. Joseph put his bicycle passion and fascination with all things mechanical to work to create an innovative, affordable solution to his exercise challenges. Today, Up-Ride gives him an in-home, easy-to-store elliptical and spinning solution. Joseph is geared up to bring Up-Ride to people from all walks of life.

    BOSSY Chicago exists to celebrate women-owned businesses and help them grow. Our online directory of local, women-owned businesses helps female consumers leverage their buying power to uplift women in all facets of life.

    BUCKiTOTE comfortably connects both sides of the body directly to a 5 gallon bucket, to evenly distribute weight across your body. An extra handle hooks right onto the bucket handle for a simple device that instantly combines the pulling power of both sides of the body to lift a bucket. Balanced loads means less effort, better posture, and less risk of strains or injury. And the large bucket handle “tray” is a welcome relief for pinched fingers. .

    inbox3d started as a custom 3D printer manufacturer, tailor making 3D printers for different clients, better suiting their particular needs at a much more affordable price. Recently we decided to make a 3D printer that incorporates the features that were popular among our clients.

  • the Panelists

    Stelios Valavanis

    Founder and President at onShore Security


    Kurt Johnson

    CEO at K8 Ventures

    Hayes Ferguson

    Entrepreneur in Residence at Northwestern University

  • The Host

    lisa degliantoni

    Engagement Director at Hackstudio
    Co-Chair Evanston Arts Council
  • Sponsors

    Thanks to the following sponsors!

    To be the most responsive and the most responsible banking partner for the businesses, organizations and individuals in the Chicagoland communities we serve.

    As a locally owned and managed community and commercial relationship bank, First Bank & Trust is committed to helping owner-operated businesses,nonprofit organizations, and individuals achieve their financial goals. Together we can encourage economic growth and development throughout the Chicago area and its suburbs. It is our mission to be the most responsive and the most responsible bank in the communities we serve.

    City of Evanston

    Creating the Most Livable City

    The City of Evanston is committed to promoting the highest quality of life for all residents by providing fiscally sound, responsive municipal services and delivering those services equitably, professionally, and with the highest degree of integrity.

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  • Recent Startup Showcases

    Take a look and enjoy!

    November 16, 2017

    Evanston Edge Startup Showcase Sponsored by First Bank & Trust and hosted by  Rotary International

    March 10, 2016

    Evanston Edge Startup Showcase at The Garage Sponsored by North Shore Community Bank

    March 26, 2015

    Evanston Edge Startup Showcase Sponsored by Rotary International and North Shore Community Bank

    May 7, 2015

    Evanston Edge Startup Showcase hosted by NWC Food Incubator and sponsored by First Bank & Trust and Whole Foods

    February 27, 2014

    Northwestern University's Medill Reports coverage of Evanston Edge Startup Showcase at 27 Live in Downtown Evanston

  • Connect With Us

    Evanston Edge Startup Showcase is a gathering of Evanston entrepreneurs, students, investors, developers, and designers in support of Evanston's most innovative startups. Brought to you by the City of Evanston Economic Development Division - helping businesses grow the Evanston economy as we strive to create the most livable city. We celebrate the innovative work of Evanston and give entrepreneurs the ability to tap into the wealth of knowledge, talent and enthusiastic supporters available across the community.