1871 CEO HOWARD TULLMAN TO LEAD DELEGATION OF 1871 BUSINESSES
TO WHITE HOUSE
Five 1871 Businesses to Join National Meeting on Entrepreneurship on Thursday;
Will Meet with Congressman Jared Polis Earlier in the Day
CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2014) -- Five of 1871’s most successful businesses will join 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman on Thursday, April 10th to visit the White House as part of a national summit on entrepreneurship. This will mark the first ever formal trip by 1871 members to the White House.
“It is always exciting to be at the White House with the opportunity to help the administration understand the challenges facing technology entrepreneurs in the Midwest,” said Howard A. Tullman, CEO of 1871. “This will be a great event and a wonderful way to showcase five of 1871’s most talented companies on the national stage. And spending time with Jared Polis – probably our “techy-est” representative – will also be a great learning experience for our members. He’s been a good friend for a long time and a powerful supporter of 1871 as well.”
The entrepreneurs and businesses that will visit the White House are:
· Feyi Olipade, CancerIQ
· Lotika Pai, Q-It
· Corbett Kull, 640 Labs
· Canh Tran, Rippleshot
· Rajesh Karmani, Zero Percent
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to visit the White House and talk about the many opportunities facing entrepreneurs here in Chicago and how the government can help us,” said Corbett Kull of 640 Labs. “I expect to see some valuable examples about how things are working for entrepreneurs elsewhere in the country that can be useful as we continue to grow and expand our business. And, I’m sure we can teach them a thing or two about Chicagoness while we’re there.”
Business Forward is organizing the event. The day will start with a roundtable discussion with Congressman Jared Polis, of Colorado. Polis is the founder of bluemountainarts.com and ProFlowers. 1871 CEO Tullman spoke recently in Denver to several hundred entrepreneurs assembled there by the Built in Colorado team, which is an outgrowth of the Chicago-based media and community start-up, Built in Chicago.
In the afternoon, Tullman and the entrepreneurs will proceed to the White House, where they will meet with administration officials as well as officials from other cabinet departments. Past events have included officials from the Department of Commerce as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration. Past participants in the White House briefing have included Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President; Steven VanRoekel, U.S. Chief Information Officer; and Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
What: Roundtable Discussion on Capital Hill followed by White House Business Council briefing
When: Thursday, April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Rayburn House Office Building and The White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
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1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 50,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the CEC.