1. Retrofit
  2. Kapow Events
  3. Hireology
  4. GiveForward
  5. ShiftGig
  6. UpCity
  7. Pangea
  8. Blitsy
  9. Cartavi
  10. Mighty Nest
  11. Food Genius


Retrofit, the expert ­led, data­ driven weight loss program for busy professionals, is designed to deliver lasting results. Its innovative year ­long program includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity and sleep, as well as Private Lessons via Skype videoconferencing with a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and behavior coach. More than 90% of Retrofit clients are losing weight. The company, based in Chicago, offers a turnkey solution for individuals and corporations. Current business clients of Retrofit weight loss program include: Salesforce.com, the NFLPA Former Players, Oreck, and Dolby Laboratories. Named one of the Top 50 “Best Health & Fitness Apps” of the year by TechCrunch.com, Retrofit has been called the “front­runner in harnessing wireless technology to help its busy clients lose weight” by Forbes.com. Bloomberg TV calls Retrofit “Weight Loss for the 21st Century.” Retrofit weight loss program can be found at http://www.RetrofitMe.com. For 20% off the one­year Retrofit program, visit retrofitme.com/offer/firestarter or call 855­4­RETROFIT and use the code FIRESTARTER.

Kapow Events

(www.kapowevents.com) is an on and offline event planning service that provides its members with a marketplace of high quality options for their client events.The explosion of the Web has changed nearly every facet of people’s lives from how they book travel and shop to how they bank and find babysitters. Despite this reliance on the Internet for our daily lives, the modern approach to corporate event planning still relies heavily on 20th century tactics like calling venues directly. In fact, $270 Billion is spent annually on corporate events worldwide, but still very little technology is used to assist with the planning. With Kapow Events, people can tap into the Web for quick, easy and unique event planning ideas and avoid spending hours on the phone calling locations or browsing for inspiration for their next event. In fact, Kapow looked at all of the ways to plan a successful event and streamlined them into one sleek online platform. The end result: a completely new offering that combines the value and selection of Chicago’s finest entertainment options with the caring service and know how of a local expert event.


Hireology is the leading selection management platform for distributed enterprises. Our award­ winning Selection ManagerTM includes everything an operator needs to manage their hiring process, including a fully ­hosted career site, integrated job postings, compensation analysis, pre­hire assessments, interview guides, background checks, skills verification and more. Franchise systems, banks and financial institutions, healthcare systems, dealer networks, and other multi­site operators use Hireology’s web­based platform to deliver consistent and repeatable hiring decisions in the field ­ leading to lower turnover and  increased profitability per location. For more information, please visit http://www.Hireology.com.


GiveForward is one of the top online fundraising websites and easiest ways to help a loved one in need. While many online fundraising websites cater towards more general fundraising efforts, GiveForward specializes in and is the premier online platform for medical fundraising.

Since August of 2008, we have helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars online for things like general medical expenses, cancer treatment, transplants, funeral costs and disaster­relief. Whether you or a loved one is in need, our team is committed to helping our users bring their fundraising plans to life and supporting them all throughout their fundraising experience.


Shiftgig is the online community for the service and hospitality industries. We provide better connections for better employment in the service industry. We help job candidates and hiring managers connect with each other and get positions filled. We save employers time and money by streamlining the hiring process and delivering high­quality candidates. We encourage people to connect with other people to get references, referrals, and show off social influence. On Shiftgig, you’ll also find the latest information on industry news, events and deals.


Founded as DIYSEO in 2009, UpCity is passionate about helping companies succeed in optimizing their digital presence. We offer PathwayTM, a cost­effective platform for small businesses to get free traffic from the Web, and convert that traffic to revenue. While PathwayTM helps business owners discover and implement digital strategies, it also leverages game mechanics and step­ by ­step progression to create an engaging way to turn novices into online marketing experts. PathwayTM is available as either a self­directed DIY (Do­It­Yourself) solution, or as a full­service DIFM (Do­It­For­Me) alternative for companies that need more assistance. UpCity also makes the PathwayTM platform available to reseller channel partners seeking a white ­label, turnkey solution to monetize and educate their SMB customers.


Pangea Payments, Inc. has found a disruptive way to make money transfer more convenient, cost­effective, and secure. Pangea provides a multiplatform solution that enables consumers a way to send money to anyone, from anywhere, at any time, using mobile and retail locations around the world.


Blitsy brings you the best in all things crafts. We are on the frontlines of the crafting industry, discovering and delivering the latest designs and trends. All members are invited to our weekly private sales on Blitsy.com. New sales will begin each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and last a total of 7 days or

until all items are sold out. Each sale features carefully selected collections of crafts which are available for a limited time. To start, Blitsy will have a strong emphasis on scrapbooking and paper crafts supplies, but will soon offer a wide array of general crafting items. Be sure to log in early, as quantities are limited and items often sell out quickly.


Cartavi is a cloud­based document­sharing solution designed specifically for real estate professionals. Also available as a mobile app for Apple and Android devices, it allows everyone involved in a real estate transaction to securely manage and share documents from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Founded in 2009, Cartavi is based in Naperville, Illinois. For more information, visit cartavi.com.


Mighty Nest

MightyNest is a unique Web site that provides you the ability to research, get advice and buy natural, organic and non-toxic products all in one place. All of the products we sell are free from known toxic ingredients such as: BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead, Melamine, Formaldehyde, Flame retardants, Parabens and more. Our dream is for MightyNest to become a place where people feel motivated and empowered, not discouraged and judged; somewhere people feel encouraged to make changes in their lives, whether large or small. We truly believe that simple changes bring mighty impact.

Food Genius

Food Genius™ is a technology and services company with a mission to deliver big data and insight solutions to the food industry. Currently tracking over 33 million menu items from over 100,000 unique menus, at 314,000 restaurant locations, Food Genius leverages modern web technologies and custom tools to generate high quality, granular data and insights for an array of commercial uses.

Food Genius is able to provide the most robust industry trend analysis ever provided, putting insights generated from big data at their client’s fingertips. Food Genius is on a mission to provide manufacturers, distributors, operators, and CPG brands with actionable data to track trends, develop concepts and drive growth.

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