Karen-Orlich-headshot-indiegogo-video4.2015squareKaren Orlich, Founder/CEO of k.o. kidz Corp. was a featured presenter for the May 2015 Bloggers Meet Startups* event, hosted by Front & Social Media, at Chicago’s premier community working space, Next Door.

Karen shared her professional experience and the transition from ‘Corporate America’ to eco-fighting inventor as she turned her passion for green-living into a startup (k.o. kidz Corp-‘Fighting for a Greener Planet’) focused on eco-friendly products, healthy living resource/blog, and giving back (a portion of EVERY sale will go to a children’s education or environmental conservation charity).

ko-kidz-POWCHAdditionally, she presented her recently launched first product…The POWCH!  (an on-the-go, reusable, collapsible, eco-friendly, food and drink pouch-bottle, MADE in the USA) found exclusively on Indiegogo in partnership with The Grommet.  For details, please see the campaign at http://igg.me/at/kokidz.

caralgallagher-photoAlso featured was Cara Gallagher who has worked in the fields of law and education for over ten years.  She teaches American politics and Constitutional Law at the Latin School of Chicago, writes about federal court cases, and works at a law firm in Chicago.  In the fall of 2013 she merged her passions for both education and the law by creating SupremeBystandr.com.

supreme-bystandr-logoSupremeBystandr is a website and podcast for the curious and devoted Supreme Court watchers and everyone in between.  Last fall, Cara became a weekly contributor to George Washington University Law Professor and USA Today writer Jonathan Turley’s legal website JonathanTurley.com.  This summer, she returns to D.C. to cover the final weeks of the Supreme Court’s term.

A few attendees also presented including:

k.o. kidz CEO, KAREN ORLICH PRESENTS THE POWCH! AT 'BLOGGERS MEET STARTUPS' IN CHICAGO|molecures logoLoana Baes, Founder and President of MoleCures, a crowdfunding platform (recently launched in May 2015 to coincide with National Cancer Research month) for cancer and medical research that will connect donors to researchers, provide donors transparency of where their donations go with fully vetted research projects from accredited academic institutions, and allow donors to get involved by donating directly to research or by launching a campaign to support a moleCures researcher.

hopper.logoMike Bandar, Co-Founder of hopper, an on-line Instagram scheduling, photo editing, and uploading software offered to members in a monthly or yearly subscription.

winemen.LogoDerrick Westbrook, CEO & Operations Manager, Wine Men, ‘sommeliers on demand’ offering private, in-home wine tastings for parties and events throughout the Chicagoland area, southern Illinois and the NW Indiana suburbs.

Hey, let’s work together in fighting for a greener planet and healthier eating!  Please support our campaign and help bring The POWCH! to market with your purchase or a social share at Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/kokidz.  Thanks friends!!

*Front & Social Media (founded by Scott Winterroth) is a Chicago-based creative public relations and startup marketing firm based in River North.  Scott is also the creator of Bloggers Meet Startups which is a collaborative, networking event for bloggers to meet and interact with startup founders.  A startup and blogger are featured at every meeting and all attendees are given the opportunity for 1-2 minutes to present their businesses and answer questions.