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Entrepreneurial opportunities, careers, and exploration for computer science students

During this session, Chuck Vallurupalli, MBA ’05, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will discuss and share a few tips and lessons learned that can help aspiring entrepreneurs during their own journey from ideation to scaleup. Chuck will use a combination of real-world examples and frameworks to illustrate:

  • Different ways to generate ideas
  • Approaches to assessing if those ideas can lead to gainful opportunities
  • Why business models matter and simple ways to validate them
  • Elements of a good minimum viable product
  • Metrics that need to be optimized to achieve product-market fit


Chuck Vallurupalli is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and executive. He has founded, led and contributed to the success of several early-stage, growth and public companies. He has worked with over 150 startups and several more entrepreneurs as a mentor, Entrepreneur in Residence, and investor. He has also helped several corporations on their innovation agendas. Nothing gives him more joy and satisfaction in his professional life than seeing hardworking and committed entrepreneurs to succeed. Chuck holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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