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CompanyFirst Attends FoodBytes San Francisco

CompanyFirst attended the FoodBytes by Rabobank pitch competition in San Francisco.  Congrats to the all the winners, with special shout out to the strong showing from Chicago companies I Heart Keenwah and Farmer’s Fridge!!! Judges’ Choice Award: I Heart Foods of Chicago FoodBytes! People’s Choice Award: Farmer’s Fridge of Chicago FoodBytes! Highly Commended Award: BioFiltro, of Davis, Calif More info… …

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CompanyFirst Office Buildout

Home stretch of office buildout of the new CompanyFirst offices at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). Great team effort to get everything done (yes, we did it all ourselves!) For more info, be sure to follow CompanyFirst on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Back to News

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New CompanyFirst Office Space

New pictures of the CompanyFirst office space in the ICNC as it begins to take shape. The team is hard at working building furniture and getting everything ready to help emerging consumer brands grow and thrive! For more info, be sure to follow CompanyFirst on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Back to News

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Kirsta Kellin Joins CompanyFirst Team

We would like to welcome Kirsta Kellin to the CompanyFirst team! Kirsta joins CompanyFirst as part of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Private Equity / Venture Capital Lab. Kirsta has experience in both finance and working with startups in the consumer space. Prior to CompanyFirst, Kirsta spent five years in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, both …

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New Home for CompanyFirst

Proud to announce that CompanyFirst has a new “home” at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) / The Hatchery Chicago…very excited for our new digs and the chance to be closer to / a part of these wonderful organizations that have done so much to help emerging consumer brands and entrepreneurs! Here is our new address: 2041 West Carroll …

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CompanyFirst on Chicago Booth SeedCon Panel

We were honored to be on one of the panels at SeedCon, Chicago Booth’s annual entrepreneurship and venture capital conference hosted by the Chicago Booth Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Student Group (EVC) and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. For more info, be sure to follow CompanyFirst on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Back to News

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CompanyFirst Participates in Polsky Accelerator

We were honored to be able to participate as a judge for the Chicago Booth 2017 Polsky Accelerator Demo Day…what an awesome group of companies!  Congrats to everyone on their amazing progress over the summer…and special congrats to Fronen, KitcheNet, and SmarterCloud for taking home the top prizes! Article:  Three Teams Take Home Prizes in Polsky Accelerator Demo Day For …

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CompanyFirst Mentors New Venture Challenge Winner

The finals were held for the 2017 Chicago Booth New Venture Challenge (the nationally recognized start-up incubator at the University of Chicago) and the results are in. Congrats to ALL the participants and winners of this year’s competition…each year the field just gets more and more impressive! Special shout out to our friends at Ezza (presenting in picture above) who …

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Mary Scarpulla Joins CompanyFirst Team

We would like to welcome Mary Scarpulla to the CompanyFirst Team. Mary will be spending the summer with CompanyFirst in between her first and second year at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mary’s experience spans strategy consulting, general management, and finance including roles at Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and Merrill Lynch. Mary graduated from Northwestern University with a …

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Introducing CompanyFirst

I am very excited to announce today the launch of CompanyFirst. I am extremely proud of the many great people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years, and CompanyFirst embodies the culmination of the lessons that I have learned as an entrepreneur, an investor, a mentor, and a mentee. Thank you for visiting…check back here to see …

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