As the 3rd anniversary of Catapult approached a few months ago, we took a census of all the Catapult resident companies, past and present. The results were impressive: 3 Years. 30 Startups. $60 Million Raised. 400 Hired. It seemed like a pretty good reason to throw a party and celebrate!
So, on Thursday June 25, 2015, over 200 people gathered at EPIC in River North to highlight this success and honor the startup companies and sponsors that have not just made our Catapult community possible, but have enabled it to thrive.
Chicago weather does not always cooperate, but the optimists in us went ahead with the original plan of celebrating on EPIC's rooftop deck with gorgeous views of the city skyline. The wine was flowing and appetizers were served, so no one seemed to mind the rain.
The pragmatists (and entrepreneurs) in us, however, realized after an hour that it was time to "pivot", and move the party inside where market conditions (i.e., the weather) were more optimal.
We, at Catapult, are grateful to have such a strong, supportive community of entrepreneurs, alumni, partners, sponsors and friends. A special thank you to event sponsors Foley & Lardner, Hired, JumpCapital, Hirewell, salesforce, Microsoft and Wintrust Ventures.
Check out our gallery of pictures from the evening: