Next Morning Mingles Networking: Friday, July 19 with Investor Steve Koch

Friday, Jul 19

8:30-10:00 a.m.: LYFE Kitchen, 413 N. Clark St., Chicago



Morning Mingles Networking Events
Every Friday 8:30 – 10:00 am
LYFE Kitchen at Hubbard and Clark
413 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

Admission: Free, no pre-registration needed


Next Morning Mingle on Friday, July 19, with guest speaker Steve Koch: If you are an early-stage entrepreneur in the Good Food and Natural Products space — and especially if you envision an exit strategy after you scale up — then you do not want to miss the July 19 Morning Mingle featuring veteran cutting-edge investor Steve Koch. During his 27-year tenure at Credit Suisse, Steve both ran and was co-chairman of the banking company’s global mergers and acquisitions business. Under his leadership, the M&A business had more than 400 professionals and peak yearly revenues of $2.5 billion. Koch advised on landmark transactions in a wide variety of industries, which together comprised more than $1 trillion of transactions — including Coca-Cola’s 10-figure purchase of Vitamin Water..

Steve more recently served as Deputy Mayor of Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuyel from September 2012 to August 2017. His responsibilities included economic development, planning, job creation and development, budget issues, municipal finance, and revenue. He currently serves as Board Chairman of the Chicago Tech Collaborative and sits on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust, mHUB, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Navy Pier Inc., The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The James Beard Foundation, and the visiting committee of the University of Chicago Law School. He helped develop and teaches in the Directors’ Consortium, a training seminar for directors of public companies, sponsored by the University of Chicago, Stanford University and Dartmouth College.

He is a life trustee of the Francis Parker School. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of both the Sinai Health System of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and as Co-Chair of the Green Ribbon Commission on Sustainability and Climate Change of the City of Chicago.   Koch is also a member of SLoFIG and the Hyde Park Angels.


Upcoming Morning Mingle Speakers Lineup

Become a regular at the most dynamic, informative networking series in Chicago’s Good Food and Natural Products community.

July 19: Steve Koch, Bowline Group

July 26: Andy Whitman, 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners

August 2: Daniel Caballero, Sofrito Foods/Fillo’s

August 9: Jordan Buckner, TeaSquares

August 16: Tyler Mayoras, Advantage Capital

August 23: Jen Cafferty, The Nourished Group

August 30: No Morning Mingle (Labor Day Weekend)


Networking across the Good Food and Natural Products spectrum is one of the key priorities for Naturally Chicago. Our Morning Mingles at LYFE Kitchen (413 N. Clark St. at Hubbard) will take place every Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Coffee is provided, and attendees are urged to purchase LYFE Kitchen‘s delicious and nutritious breakfast items.

Each networking breakfast will feature a brief conversation with a Good Food and Natural Products leader. The rest of the event will be an opportunity for attendees to meet and connect with other community members who are dedicated to a better-for-you, better-for-the-planet economy.

Choose to schmooze with Naturally Chicago!