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Thinking of investing in start-ups and want to learn how to assess an opportunity? Are you an aspiring entrepreneur and need to know what will make you an attractive investment?

Join us for a discussion with practitioners in the start-up world who will share their insights on what factors improve the probability of a start-up’s success, and which lead to struggle and failure.

The Chicago Angels Network and Startup Manufactory have partnered to host this panel discussion

Panel speakers

Julian Carter is a co-founder and managing director of EC1 Capital, a London based web and mobile investment fund. He has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. Julian is a hands-on mentor and sits on a number of start-up boards including WeSwap, User Replay and TRULY Experiences.

Nancy Fechnay is a partner at, a community of over 2,500 investors and 80 portfolio companies, and runs its UK syndicate in London. She mentors for several accelerators including Techstars, Mass Challenge and Cognicity Challenge. Nancy holds a MBA from Duke University and founded Duke Ventures.

Chaney Ojinnaka, ’12 (XP81) is founder and CEO of Chalkrow, an international B2B leads and research platform for institutional funds and corporations. He mentors across Europe in accelerators such as TechStars in Berlin, INiTS in Austria, Ideacy in Cyprus, and was a former Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Startupbootcamp. Chaney holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Alex Shevelenko is founder and CEO of Glocal Partners, a boutique advisory firm for new market entry and incubator of productivity applications. His latest venture is Relayto, a publishing platform for web documents and applications. He mentors for accelerators in London and Paris including Seedcamp, LeCamping and Startup Leadership Program. Alex holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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