Maria Christopoulos Katris


Maria Christopoulos Katris is the CEO of Built In, a network of all-inclusive online hubs for local tech communities. The Built In platforms connect talent to startups, profile local tech company news, aggregate and publish data on the sector (launches, fundings, acquisitions) and host events.

The company currently operates four sites in Chicago (, Los Angeles (, Colorado ( and Austin ( and is headquartered in Chicago.

Maria’s responsibilities include strategic planning, sales, business development, hiring, marketing, community development and events.

Maria is an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who has 12+ years’ marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: healthcare, technology and in-home services. Previously Maria was the Executive Director of TiE Midwest, the Chicago chapter of a Global not-for-profit organization dedicated to high growth entrepreneurs. Immediately prior to joining TiE Midwest, Maria founded Nanny Boutique, a Chicago-based nanny placement agency, which she sold within 2 years.

Maria has strategic experience working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a strategic analyst to the VPs and CEO. Prior to that, she spent four years as a healthcare consultant at Arthur Andersen and Huron Consulting Group.

Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Maria serves on the advisory board of

Maria and her husband live in Chicago with their 3 daughters, Alexandra, Georgie and Nikolette.

Specialties:Strategic Planning, Sales, Business Development, Marketing and Community Development. I am very good at assessing situations quickly at a high level, advising on issues, how to improve and/or build on them and executing on all of the above. I am team player who leads by example.

On a personal note, I speak fluent Greek and love to travel internationally.