Troy Henikoff of Techstars Chicago on Great Pitches and Transforming Startups

January 29, 2017

12:45 pm

Troy Henikoff is the managing director at Techstars Chicago, a managing director at MATH Venture Partners, and a professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. If you haven’t heard of Troy yet, he is one of the biggest figures in the Chicago tech scene and has been instrumental in getting Chicago tech to where it is today. He is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and a hard core cyclist.

Prior to launching Techstars Chicago, Troy was a serial entrepreneur. He was the CEO of, president of Amacai, and cofounder and CEO of Troy built the technology for Jellyvision (creators of “You Don’t Know Jack!”), was the president of Systemetrics, and his first company was Specialized Systems and Software. Troy has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Brown University and a Masters Degree in Project Management from Northwestern.

In this episode, you’ll learn about Chicago’s treacherous weather, the creation of the new BB8 drone from Star Wars, the application process at Techstars, and what the perfect pitch looks like. Take a listen in the player below and check out what else is going on in the Chicago tech scene on Tech.Co.

This podcast was sponsored by Propllr, a Chicago public relations firm that helps startups and innovators build credibility and awareness for their companies, people, products and services.


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Colin Keeley is the founder and host of Tech In Chicago, an independent podcast with interviews from Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.