TECH cocktail Champaign Is Back: Connecting Tech Startups, Investors, Employers & Enthusiasts

August 26, 2010

6:41 pm

We are excited to be headed back to Champaign, Illinois to host another TECH cocktail startup and entrepreneurial mixer event on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. The event is being hosted in partnership with the Champaign County Economic Development Corportation and is being supported by Illinois Ventures, Serra Ventures, the Technology Entrepreneurial Center at University of Illinois, Singleton Law Firm and University of Illinois Research Park. The event will take place at Houlihan’s within the iHotel in Champaign and will showcase some of the freshest technology startup companies in the area. Other local technology companies will also be on hand to show off their stuff as we rally the community together.

We recently announced we would be traveling to the Midwest to host our first TECH cocktail Bloomington event so we decided to make a roadtrip out of it and host two events in the same week. Yes, we are a little crazy for TECH cocktail mixer events! But it should be a great week in the Midwest and we are excited about it.

TECH cocktail Champaign 2010

TECH cocktail Champaign 2010

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Helping Startups Get Exposure – TECH cocktail offers a handful of startups an opportunity to show off in an expo-style to the rest of the Champaign entrepreneurial community for FREE. Through the years, we’ve showcased hundreds of startups such as: SocialThing, SCVNGR, BandsInTown, OneForty, HaveMyShift, CrowdSpring, Edmodo, GeniusRocket, AwayFind and many more. The event will showcase some of the hottest Champaign area startups which include:

Nuvixa – next generation video conferencing
Caterva formerly yottaclick – cataloging the social context of everyone on the web – platform for bands to engage their fans in the creative process
ANDalyze – real-time water testing
Eden Park – microplasma lighting
PrintEco – software that helps reduce printing costs by optimizing your print jobs

Connecting Startups and Investors – To continue to add value and stay true to our “cocktail mixer of tech people” theme, we are calling all Illinois entrepreneurs looking for seed funding or angel investors as we will be trying to help match local startups with local seed or angel investors. If you are an angel investor interested in finding additional deal flow we look to help you too. We know that this type of connection has happened naturally at our events in the past, but we want to help water the seeds a bit and ensure that the fruit of our labor is a better connected entrepreneurial community. Follow the appropriate link below:

Startups  – Find Active Investors
Investors – Join the Active Investor List

Connecting the technology community – Averaging around 200 attendees at our Champaign TECH cocktail events, you are bound to connect with potential new employees, developers, designers and more at one of our events. TECH cocktail could be the place where you meet your next employee, co-founder or even get a date. If you are a company looking to hire, you can also leverage the TECH cocktail job board to get the message out early – or you could sponsor the event and use it as your own personal job fair.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Where: Houlihan’s, 1902 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820
What: A “cocktail of TECH people”
Price: FREE but you must RSVP –
(You must be 21+ to attend)

Register for TECH cocktail Champaign 2010 Startup Mixer in partnership with the Champaign EDC in Champaign, IL  on Eventbrite

Hope to see you at the TECH cocktail Champaign startup and entrepreneurial mixer – it should be a great event as we look to connect the tech community while also helping start-ups find seed funding, experts, advisors, employees and exposure.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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