The Chicago startup community was in full swing last night at Rockit Bar and Grill to celebrate the successes of 4 of Catapult's newest graduating companies: Tempo-DB, BidMed, Shiftgig and BucketFeet. Combined, these companies have raised over $15 million and have hired over 50 employees. Read more about it in BuiltinChicago and in Chicago Grid. Their success at Catapult, however, goes beyond the metrics of users, sales, hires and funding (albeit that's a huge part of it). At Catapult, the founders of these startups matured and developed as leaders so they could take their companies to the next level. They built up their company culture and fostered relationships within the peer-selected, diverse Catapult community of later-stage startups (scale-ups), as well as in the broader Chicago startup ecosystem. "At Catapult, we learned how to work right. Our peers are who helped us get to where we are today," said Raaja Nemani, BucketFeet co-founder and CEO. "Catapult provided the testing ground that we needed. It helped us build the right foundation," said Joanne Frogge, BidMed co-founder and COO.
A giant thank you to our event sponsors who helped make the evening possible: Morningstar, Foley & Lardner, CDW, Pritzker Group, Elance, ServerCentral, OCA Ventures, and Chicago Grid. As a non-profit organization, we are also grateful for the ongoing support of our corporate sponsors: Foley & Lardner, EmpowerHR, Propllr, Wintrust, Converged Communications Systems, Stratosphere Networks, AllSteel, Henricksen, Plante Moran, Marsh, Jones Lang LaSalle, and CDW.