College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

2021 Judges

David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82

David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82

Chairman and CEO, WAG Hotels

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David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82

Chairman and CEO, WAG Hotels

David Appel serves as chairman and CEO of Wag Hotels, the West Coast’s leading pet care company. Prior to Wag Hotels, David served as chairman of Orange Glo International (the creator of Oxi Clean and 3 other category-leading household cleaning products). Prior to OGI, he helped to develop Accenture’s retail practice, serving as a partner in the San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo offices. David has been a director of Petco Animal Supplies and Chicago-based Fitness Cubed, marketer of Cubii fitness products. David is an active philanthropist and a mentor/investor in early-stage consumer-focused companies.

Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

Founder and CEO, Side by Side

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Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

Founder and CEO, Side by Side

Carol Bramson is the founder and CEO of Side by Side, a natural pet food and nutrition company that delivers a custom comprehensive diet for pets. She is also the president and founder of TBG Capital, which provides equity capital and advisory services to companies to facilitate startup, growth and/or acquisitions. Carol earned a BS in finance from DePaul University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

David Daigle, MBA

David Daigle, MBA

Partner, Capital Group

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David Daigle, MBA

Partner, Capital Group

David A. Daigle is a fixed income portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 27 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, David also had investment analyst responsibilities and covered multiple industries including health care, wireless communications, technology, and transportation. He earned an MBA with honors from Chicago Booth and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. David is based in New York.

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Waverly Deutsch 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 New Venture Challenge. In 2005, she received the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Teaching Pedagogy award for the YourCo simulation that parallels the Building the New Venture class and allows students to develop and run a mock startup through the launch process. In 2015, Deutsch was honored with the Phoenix Faculty award for her contributions to the Booth student community beyond the classroom.

In her role as Polsky Director for the UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, she is responsible for helping to connect and support all of the University of Chicago’s worldwide entrepreneurial alumni. 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 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.

Jennifer​ ​Fried​, MBA ’15

Jennifer​ ​Fried​, MBA ’15

​CEO​ ​and​ ​Cofounder​, ​ExplORer​ ​Surgical

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Jennifer​ ​Fried​, MBA ’15

​CEO​ ​and​ ​Cofounder​, ​ExplORer​ ​Surgical

Jennifer Fried is the cofounder and CEO of ExplORer Surgical, a workflow management software company for operating rooms. Jennifer earned a BA in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics, and financial economics from Northwestern University. She also earned an MBA from the Chicago Booth. While at Booth, she led ExplORer Surgical to a second place finish in the New Venture Challenge where the team earned $50,000. ExplORer Surgical was recently the recipient of a $500,000 investment from the University of Chicago Startup Investment Program as a part of its recent series A financing round.

Louis Goldman, JD ’74

Louis Goldman, JD ’74

General Counsel of Bloq, Inc.

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Louis Goldman, JD ’74

General Counsel of Bloq, Inc.

Louis Goldman is the General Counsel of Bloq, Inc., a leading blockchain technology company. He is also the managing partner of Navigator Law Group, a boutique law firm focused on corporate projects including M&A, securities, and significant work with startups, blockchain technology and venture capital/angel investing groups. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and then earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (Order of the Coif and cum laude). In New York City, Goldman worked for Cleary Gottlieb and also established a merchant bank, Abacus & Associates LP, where he was a managing director. In Chicago, he was the cochairman of Altheimer & Gray where he opened 10 offices outside of the US and managed a team of 450 people. He also was on the management and investment committees of 4 private investment funds of A&G Investors. He was a cofounder of JustWrite EMR, an electronic medical records startup.

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80

Angel Investor

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Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80

Angel Investor

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80, is an active angel investor and serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs. She advises corporate and nonprofit executives with an interest in management and leadership skill development. She has invested in over 25 women-led companies. Nancy has been a senior executive of the IBM Corporation, CEO of two social services nonprofit companies, Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, CFO and chief administrative officer of that university, cofounder of a crowdfunding site, and managing director of the Golden Seeds angel group Silicon Valley chapter. She earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Chicago Booth.

 

Alyssa Jaffee, MBA ’16

Alyssa Jaffee, MBA ’16

Vice President, 7wire Ventures

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Alyssa Jaffee, MBA ’16

Vice President, 7wire Ventures

Alyssa Jaffee is a partner at 7wireVentures where she focuses on investments in digital healthcare and technology-enabled services that empower consumers to be better stewards of their health in today’s changing healthcare ecosystem. Alyssa sits on the board of Ayogo Health and Higi and is a board observer with Zerigo Health, NOCD, and RecoveryOne. Alyssa’s prior experience in venture capital includes her time as an investor at Pritzker Group Venture Capital where she led investments in Bright.md and Tovala as well as worked closely with Apervita, Mingle Health, and AiCure. Additionally, she worked at Hyde Park Angels (HPA), one of the Midwest’s largest angel organizations and Healthbox, an early stage healthcare innovation firm, supporting their accelerator program called the Studio. Alyssa is also a Co-Founder of TransparentCareer, a 2016 NVC winning company focused on helping people make more data-driven career decisions. Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Chicago Booth.

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM ’87

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM ’87

Venture Partner, NEA

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Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM ’87

Venture Partner, NEA

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM ’87, joined NEA in 2017 as a venture partner on the tech team, where she focuses on enterprise software and services. An enterprise software veteran, Hilarie spent the last three decades at growth-stage technology companies in operating and board roles. Most recently, Hilarie was president at New Relic, responsible for New Relic’s growth strategies as well as leading global sales, marketing, customer success, support, and business development. Prior to New Relic, Hilarie was at Salesforce, where she was named president and led the company’s worldwide sales teams and focused on growing the business globally. Hilarie joined Salesforce from Intuit where she was vice president of direct sales for small business and a member of the executive committee. Hilarie has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Mills College. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve and their two daughters.

Carl Meyer, AB ’91, MBA ’92

Carl Meyer, AB ’91, MBA ’92

CEO and CIO at Silver Rock Financial

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Carl Meyer, AB ’91, MBA ’92

CEO and CIO at Silver Rock Financial

Carl Meyer is the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Silver Rock Financial LP (“Silver Rock”), an investment management firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York.  Mr. Meyer founded Silver Rock in 2016, focusing on opportunistic investments within credit markets, including performing bonds and loans, and distressed debt. Prior to launching Silver Rock to raise outside capital, Mr. Meyer served as chief investment officer of Silver Rock’s predecessor firm, an ultra-high net worth family office based in Los Angeles, from 2010 to 2016.  Previously, Mr. Meyer worked for approximately 18 years at Citigroup or its predecessors where he ran the High Yield Syndicate business, the public side of the US High Yield business, and the Global Distressed Debt and Equity businesses.  Mr. Meyer earned a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ellen Rudnick is a senior advisor and adjunct professor for entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth and previously served as the initial executive director of the Polsky Center. She is a successful startup executive, having served as chairman of Pacific Biometrics and CEO of Health Care Knowledge Resources. She has held positions as corporate vice president at Baxter Healthcare and president of Baxter Management Services Division, which she founded. She also has an MBA from Chicago Booth.

RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88

RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88

Chief Investment Officer, Ninepeaks Capital Management   

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RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88

Chief Investment Officer, Ninepeaks Capital Management   

RoseMary Safranek founded Ninepeaks Capital Management in 2002. The firm is a specialized investment advisor with offices in Hong Kong and North Carolina.  She currently serves on the investment committees of several different family offices. She also is a senior advisor to INDF, a NYSE-listed ETF of Indian financial sector companies. RoseMary has lived and worked in New York, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Chicago since setting out from Fort Smith, Arkansas to attend the University of Chicago in the 1970s.  A four-year varsity tennis player and Illinois Small College Doubles Champion, RoseMary earned an AB in economics and an MBA in finance from the Chicago Booth.

David Segura, BA ’05

David Segura, BA ’05

Investor and Entrepreneur

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David Segura, BA ’05

Investor and Entrepreneur

David Segura is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor with experience in a wide variety of industry verticals including media, fintech, and consumer categories among others. David has developed a reputation for being a “founder friendly investor” who adds value to company operations. A cross selection of current investments include Eaze, Grove Collaborative, Hawthorne, UsageAI, and many more. David has also previously founded Giant Media, where he served as the CEO from launch through acquisition. The company was an early video advertising exchange that included Toyota, American Express, L’Oreal, and Dollar Shave Club among others. Launched in 2009, Giant Media was successfully acquired in 2014 by Adknowledge, an AdTech platform funded by TPG Growth, JMI, and Nokia. David is currently the CEO of Glassbox Media, a podcast company and is a proud graduate of the University of Chicago.

Erik Severinghaus

Erik Severinghaus

Executive Vice President Business Development, Conexiom

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Erik Severinghaus

Executive Vice President Business Development, Conexiom

Erik is a serial innovator and entrepreneur who’s helped create products with hundreds of millions of dollars of sales and businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars of exits in businesses ranging from technology platforms to pizza franchises. His companies and opinions have been covered in Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal. He has an undergraduate degree from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an MBA in entrepreneurship from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Erik is also an alumnus of Techstars, Chicago’s 1871, and a variety of other entrepreneurial incubators. During the spring you’ll find him living and dying by the success of the Tar Heels in the tournament, and come summer time he is in the right field bleachers of Wrigley cheering on the Cubs, often with his amazing wife. He is also an avid endurance athlete, twice completing Ironman triathlons and climbing some of the world’s tallest mountains. In 2018 he successfully summitted Mt. Everest.

Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth and Chairman, ChicagoNEXT

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Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth and Chairman, ChicagoNEXT

After many years of judging and mentoring Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, 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 startup and high-growth companies over the past thirty years. Over the past ten years, as both an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Polsky Center, Tebbe aids students in their entrepreneurial efforts and helps other professors enhance their classes. Outside of the classroom, Tebbe serves as chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to improve Chicago’s competitiveness in science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Managing Director, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures

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Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Managing Director, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures

Immanuel Thangaraj joined Essex Woodland in 1998, and serves as managing director of the firm’s legacy venture capital funds Essex Woodlands Funds IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII. Mr. Thangaraj has 20 years of experience as a seasoned investor in operations, venture capital and growth equity opportunities. He began his career at ARCH Venture Partners (“AVP”), a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management which makes early stage technology and healthcare investments.  During his tenure at AVP, he managed one of its portfolio companies, HealthQual, a medical information company, until its sale to Nellcor, a large hospital supplies company.  He left AVP in 1995 to run a start-up telecommunications services company called Integrated Telemanagement, which was later sold to Cam-Net Communications. Mr. Thangaraj earned both a BA and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

Guy Turner MBA ’10

Guy Turner MBA ’10

Managing Director, Hyde Park Venture Partners; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Polsky Center

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Guy Turner MBA ’10

Managing Director, Hyde Park Venture Partners; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Polsky Center

Guy has been with HPVP since its beginning in 2011. Prior to HPVP, Guy worked for the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on corporate strategy across a variety of industries. Previously he served as an associate and investing member with Hyde Park Angels, and spent his early career as a mechanical engineer with Raytheon and General Electric. Guy has led investments in a number of software companies and manages HPVP’s investments in Fixer, MarketWagon, Upfront Healthcare, and Zipnosis, among others. He writes about venture capital and startups at vcwithme.co.

Mei Xu

Mei Xu

Founder, Yes She May and Founder and CEO, Chesapeake Bay Candle

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Mei Xu

Founder, Yes She May and Founder and CEO, Chesapeake Bay Candle

Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur, and the founder and former CEO of three global companies, Pacific Trade International, BlissLiving Home®, and Chesapeake Bay Candle®. Mei is now focused on helping other women entrepreneurs scale their enterprises through the launch of www.yesshemay.com where she showcases well designed products by women for women around the world. Mei is also the author of “Burn, How Grit, Innovation and a Dash of Luck Ignited A Multi-million Dollar Success Story.”  She is the winner of Politico’s 2019 “Woman of the Year” award,  a delegate to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, a mentor with the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, and a WEConnect Founding International Ambassador.

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