StartUp StorySlam Comes to Chicago! — Startup StorySlam

Join us on Thursday, May 12th at Level Office, one of Chicago’s premier co-working locations, to hear stories on the theme of “Why?”  In this context, we are asking why do entrepreneurs do what they do, taking on all the risks?  We get started at 6:30pm. 

What is StartUp StorySlam?

StartUp StorySlam is a friendly competition where entrepreneurs share five-minute stories of their business successes and failures, their entrepreneurial learnings and mistakes.  We will hear 8-10 stories based on the night’s theme, “Why?”  Stories are videotaped and placed on the StartUp StorySlam YouTube channel for the world to watch.

What stories fit the theme of “Why?”

We want to hear stories about why entrepreneurs “take the leap,” typically from a corporate world, and what pushes people to go out on their own.  Some entrepreneurs have a burning need to work for themselves while others stumble upon a problem that needs solving, taking that task on themselves. We want to listen to stories that involve both successes and failures, as sometimes more can be learned in failure.  Perhaps your story is working in education, where you developed a unique strategy/tactic to help people learn and want to educate future generations. Perhaps your story could also be about an iPhone app that you talked about for months with friends and finally took the initiative to build out. Why do entrepreneurs do the things they do and take risks versus keeping a stable, corporate job? There are tons of ways to answer the “Why?” question for entrepreneurs and we want to hear your personal story!

Would you like to tell a story?

Here are the rules.  Stories should fit into the theme of the night.  Stories should be true as you remember it. Stories should be under five minutes in length. No notes, no props, and no music.  Storytellers will be judged on a scale of 1-10 on two different criteria: content and presentation. Highest score wins! Please note: Our events are more focused on sharing stories and networking than on competition.

Reserve your spot now.  Tickets are $15.  Come out to Level Office (73. W. Monroe St., Chicago) on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm and share your story – or just listen to others!  Level Office offers fully furnished, amenity-rich work-spaces with 100 MBPS fiber internet & WiFi in multiple prime locations throughout Chicago. 

Erin Diehl, Founder of Improve It Chicago, will be the emcee for the evening.  Her decade plus of corporate experience in casting, experiential marketing, and recruiting led her to believe improv could be a useful tool for any company’s culture, starting her company in 2012.  Erin has a great energy and we look forward to her leading the charge for StartUp StorySlam – Chicago.

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