Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC)

2020 Judges

Bob Altman, MBA ’88

Bob Altman, MBA ’88

Adjunct Professor Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

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Bob Altman, MBA ’88

Adjunct Professor Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Altman serves on the board of directors of Toltec Pharmaceuticals, Preora Diagnostics and Output Medical. In addition to his leadership position of President at Pinnacle Biologics (the U.S.-based subsidiary of Concordia Healthcare), Altman also served as CEO and president of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Astellas Pharma, and held several senior positions during a 17-year career at Abbott Laboratories. Altman earned his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University, his MBA in finance and marketing from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of California, Riverside. 

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of University-wide Entrepreneurship Content, Chicago Booth

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Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of University-wide Entrepreneurship Content, Chicago Booth

Waverly teaches the Global New Venture Challenge and Building the New Venture for Booth’s Executive MBA program and is a full-time coach for the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. In 2005, she received the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Teaching Pedagogy award. In her role as Academic Director for University-wide Entrepreneurship Content, she oversees how entrepreneurship content is delivered across the all entire University campus stakeholders. She also writes quarterly for the Chicago Booth Review magazine. Waverly currently serves on several advisory boards for startup companies as well as the advisory council of OCA Ventures, a leading Chicago venture capital firm. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Waverly was managing director of NetFuel Ventures, an internet incubator. Before to moving to Chicago, Waverly spent seven years with Forrester Research in Cambridge Massachusetts. Waverly holds a BS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in theater history from Tufts University.

Tiago Dias, MBA ’12

Tiago Dias, MBA ’12

Director of Marketing, Bayer

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Tiago Dias, MBA ’12

Director of Marketing, Bayer

Tiago Dias serves as director of marketing for the specialty pharmaceuticals franchise at Bayer, a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. During his career, Tiago has taken leadership positions in marketing, sales, management consulting, business development, and finance in a variety of industries and in various countries in Latin America, Europe, North America, and Africa. On one of his projects, he worked with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) on a socio-economic development project to attract private sector investment to Mozambique. Over the last ten years he has been mentoring and supporting many startups in Brazil, his home country, with business planning and customer strategy. Early in his career, he founded two startups there: CampusNET, the first job search website in Brazil dedicated to finding job opportunities to recently graduated college students; and Locus, a decision-making software company focused on using artificial intelligence tools to improve hospital care management. While at Chicago Booth he participated in the New Venture Challenge (NVC), the Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), and an internship program in private equity at Madison Dearborn Partners, developing an investment thesis in Software as a Service (SaaS). Tiago has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in engineering from one of the best universities in Latin America (Unicamp – Universidade Estadual de Campinas), and an MBA with honors from Chicago Booth. 

Susan Hapak, MBA ’89

Susan Hapak, MBA ’89

President, Current Technologies

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Susan Hapak, MBA ’89

President, Current Technologies

Susan Hapak has been the president and owner of Current Technologies Inc., a manufacturing company based outside Indianapolis, since 1994. She searched for a business to buy and run from 1992-94, eventually buying a division of a manufacturer. Her company has achieved significant revenue and margin growth through acquisition and internal effort. Current Technologies Inc. manufactures disposable bio-hazard products and EPA registered disinfectants used in clinical, research, pharmaceutical, biotech and government laboratories. Distributors for the company include Cardinal Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific, VWR International, MarketLab, Henry Schein, McKesson, Owens and Minor. Customers include most large hospital systems including Mayo Clinic, IU Health, NYU Langone, USC, Cedars Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, Cleveland Clinic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of Miami. Pharma customers include Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly; biotech customers include Sequenom, Illumina, Genentech, Cepheid; government customers include Centers for Disease Control (CDC), FBI, Department of Defense, Ft. Dietrick US Army Medical Research. Current Technologies has won the Supplier Operational Excellence Award from Cardinal Health for having the highest scores for inventory management, timeliness and accuracy of shipments and performing advanced EDI transactions. Thermo Fisher Scientific, another NYSE distributor, has recognized Current Technologies for several supplier awards. Fisher Healthcare has honored Susan as one of its annual recipients of its “4 I’s” award for Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. Susan was an adjunct associate professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth, where she taught the “New Venture Strategy” course from 1998 – 2008 (while running her business). She was a member of the GSB Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at its inception, and is currently a member of the Council for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to searching for and buying Current Technologies, Susan was a consultant for several years in the systems strategy practice at Booz Allen & Hamilton. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and her MBA with honors from Chicago Booth.  

Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Managing Partner, Origin Ventures

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Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Managing Partner, Origin Ventures

Jason Heltzer joined Origin Ventures as a partner in 2014 and began his career in venture capital in 2001. Jason is currently a board member or observer for Atavium, Tock, Tovala, and one unannounced investment. Before joining Origin, Jason was a general partner at OCA Ventures where he was involved in over 60 venture capital investment transactions and worked directly with founders to grow many of OCA’s portfolio companies. Jason led OCA’s investments in Cartavi (acquired by Docusign), Base CRM (acquired by Zendesk), Brightnest (acquired by Angie’s List) and FeeFighters (acquired by Groupon). Jason also worked closely with TradeKing (acquired by Ally Bank). Before OCA, Jason spent three and a half years as a software engineer and software architect for Deloitte Consulting. He also led engineering and business teams at 1stUp, a San Francisco-based startup. Jason holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Michigan, where he also founded a fraternity. Jason holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth, where he was a Siebel Scholar and Wallman Scholar. In addition to his professional responsibilities at Origin, Jason is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth, where he teaches the venture capital and private equity lab class. Jason has an interest in movies, and has watched every Best Picture movie from 1927-present, plus about 175 documentaries. In addition, for most of his life, Jason has been addicted to video games, which is what prompted him to teach himself how to code when he was 13. 

Amelia Morris, MBA ’86

Amelia Morris, MBA ’86

Director of Investments Group, Brandes Investment Partners

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Amelia Morris, MBA ’86

Director of Investments Group, Brandes Investment Partners

 

 

Amelia Morris serves as director of investments, analyst, and team leader on the consumer products research team. She is also a member of the international large-cap investment committee. Amelia joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1998, and is a limited partner of the firm’s parent company. She has served as a member of the Brandes Institute advisory board, the investment oversight committee, and the emerging markets investment committee with Brandes Investment Partners. She has vast investment experience. Amelia is a CFA charter holder. She received a bachelor’s in economics from the University of California, Davis, and her MBA from Chicago Booth.

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Sr. Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor, Chicago Booth

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Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Sr. Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor, Chicago Booth

Ellen Rudnick previously served as executive director of the Polsky Center and clinical professor of entrepreneurship and, together with Steve Kaplan, was instrumental in the creation of the entrepreneurship program at Chicago Booth. Prior to joining the Booth faculty she spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the healthcare and information services industries. During this time, Rudnick was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Both her governance activities and startup interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world, as well as serve as an effective mentor to entrepreneurs. Rudnick serves or has served on numerous corporate boards, including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans, Northshore University Healthcare Research and Development, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871, and MATTER. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Michael Small, MBA ’81

Michael Small, MBA ’81

CEO and Cofounder, K4 Mobility

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Michael Small, MBA ’81

CEO and Cofounder, K4 Mobility

Michael Small is the cofounder and CEO at K4 Mobility, a digital technology and internet services provider for the maritime industry. He previously served as the CEO and president at Gogo Inc. from 2010 to 2018. Michael also served as the CEO of Centennial Communications Corp from 1999-2009, and previously held many other leading roles at telecommunications companies, most of which were publicly traded. Michael also serves since 2010 as the director of First Midwest BanCorp Inc., a Chicago-based regional bank with $15+ billion in assets. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in history from Colgate University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Samir Sood, MBA ’01

Samir Sood, MBA ’01

Founder, Venture Highway

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Samir Sood, MBA ’01

Founder, Venture Highway

Samir Sood is the founder and all things business and chief believer for Venture Highway. Samir’s past experiences include growing and diversifying India Forge, a family run auto parts manufacturing business located in India. Prior to this, Samir was the head of South Asia, Australia – mergers and acquisitions and investments for Google Inc., and in that capacity, he has led Google’s investments in several first- time seed stage funds in India: Erasmic Venture Fund (Accel India), SONG (Soros, Omydiar, Google Fund), Seedfund, and Ventureast TeNet Fund II. Additionally, Samir was part of the team that researched the $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Earlier, Samir was part of the corporate business development team at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he led wireless acquisitions and investments, which included the $450 million acquisition of Airspace. Samir executed the first venture investment in India (India Games) for Cisco Systems, Inc. among many other acquisitions and investments. Samir has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

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Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

After many years of judging and mentoring in Booth’s New Venture Challenge (NVC), Mark Tebbe brings a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience into the classroom by leveraging his founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as direct involvement in numerous start-up and high-growth companies over the past thirty years. As both an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Polsky Center, Tebbe aids students in their entrepreneurial efforts and helps other professors enhance their classes. Outside of the classroom, in addition to being a prolific angel investor, Tebbe serves as the Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to improve Chicago’s competitiveness in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1984, Mark founded Lante Corporation, (NASDAQ: LNTE) a Chicago-based technology-consulting firm in which he served as CEO and Chairman. In 2004, Tebbe was Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Answers Corporation, (NASDAQ: ANSW). Building on his inspiration to create a productive website to aid his son on a school essay, Tebbe co-conceived the answers.com website which became one of the Web’s leading QA publishers and was sold to Announce Media in July 2011. Tebbe also serves on the boards of many civic organizations including 1871 (Executive Committee Member), Big Shoulders Fund (Board Member), Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (Executive Committee Member), ChicagoNEXT (Chairman), Economic Club of Chicago (Technology Committee, Program Committee), Field Museum of Chicago (Trustee, Executive Committee Member and Technology Committee Chair), mHub (Executive Committee Member), World Business Chicago (Executive Committee Member). Mark and his wife also support numerous children-oriented, educational, and environmental causes. 

Quan Zhang, PhD

Quan Zhang, PhD

Managing Director, Pin Capital

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Quan Zhang, PhD

Managing Director, Pin Capital

Quan Zhang is Managing Director at Pin Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Prior to founding Pin Capital, Quan was an investor at Guild Capital. As the head of e-commerce investments at Guild, he led a series of early-stage deals, such as Home Chef (acquired by Kroger) and MessageControl (acquired by Mimecast). Prior to venture capital, Quan was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, focusing on M&A and private equity projects in technology, retail, and healthcare sectors. Quan obtained Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago and B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). 

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