The KnockNOW monthly meeting is an invitation only affair. It is held in a different location each month. The format is open networking with no vendor solicitation, no sit down dinner, and no packaged speeches or presentations.
The membership is comprised of executives from the five industries listed below. Special care is given to ensure that the invitees are peer level decision makers, intereted in making a difference and getting involved in the technology community, and willing to share contacts and resources for the better goal of the group. (See KnockNOW Manifesto)
Goal: to create a select, controlled, one-on-one environment that encourages communication and reaction among the five groups necessary for a viable tech community.
These groups are:
|•||Entrepreneurs – The people who are trying to build the tech businesses.|
|•||Corporations – The managers and decision-makers in the major businesses in the Chicago area.|
|•||Investors, Venture Capitalists & Angels – The organizations and people with necessary funding for the tech community.|
|•||Service Sector Companies – The consultants, press, professionals and business incubators|
|•||Politicians/Press and Academics – The representatives from the governmental organizations charged with business development; the political representatives with a vested interest in tech growth and the Academic community which has provided so many resources for Chicago.|
Mission Accomplished – and we are still growing.