CHICAGO, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Technori, one of the world's most influential startup showcases with outposts in five U.S. cities, is merging with Chicago's "Tomorrow's Business Today," a rapidly growing web forum for Chicago's technology and startup communities, founded and hosted on WGN Plus by Scott Kitun.
Thanks to the merger, Technori will now offer more than just a showcase (Technori Events) for audiences to learn about new startup companies and their innovations. Now audiences can hear directly from successful entrepreneurs and innovators by tuning into weekly radio, podcast and video programming—or attending live workshops designed to help fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders quickly launch new business concepts of their own.
Technori, founded by Seth Kravitz, is now the third-largest monthly startup event in the United States. "Tomorrow's Business Today" is an Internet show featuring the Midwest's top tech innovators and entrepreneurs and is one of the fastest growing shows of its kind.
Since its inception in 2012, Technori has hosted more than 50 events with more than 24,000 attendees. More than 275 companies have pitched on Technori's stage. While some have failed, others have raised more than $236 million in funding. The addition of "Tomorrow's Business Today," which will be rebranded as Technori, and its more than 14,000 followers, means an expansion from Technori's live events to digital and radio content available 24/7.
This merger marks a changing of the guard for Technori; Kravitz will take the stage for his final Technori Event on Tuesday, May 31, at Chase Auditorium. Kitun will take over as CEO and Technori host, while Kravitz will step back into a more creative, advisory role within Technori.
Technori, currently with outposts in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Dubuque, Iowa, will continue its expansion plans. Its team expects to hold events in Milwaukee and New York by July. As part of its expansion, Technori will begin hosting daylong innovation workshops for enterprise businesses and growth companies seeking to develop and launch new business concepts in the same lean and accelerated style as startups.
"My goal since launching my first business in Chicago was to bring the big Corp and startup communities together. And, I think Technori is well positioned to do that," Kitun said.
Currently, Technori is the only platform of its kind in the Midwest: A place where entrepreneurs and enterprise businesses can not only learn about tech and innovation, but actually develop and launch their own innovations.
"I think it was the right time to pass the torch. Scott is enterprising, creative and the right fit to take Technori to the next level," said Kravitz.
Please watch the video trailer for WGN podcast "Tomorrow's Business Today," which following the merger will be rebranded Technori.
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