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College New Venture Challenge

College New Venture Challenge

2019 Judges

David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82
David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82

David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82

Chairman and CEO, WAG Hotels

David Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82, is the Chairman and CEO of venture-backed pet hotel chain WAG Hotels. Prior to that, Appel worked for his family business Orange Glo International where he utilized infomercials to drive the company’s OxiClean line to lead the U.S. stain removal product category. The company was sold in 2006. He was also previously a partner at Accenture, where he worked for 17 years. He holds both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Carol Bramson, MBA ’92
Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

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 start-up, growth and/or acquisitions. Carol holds a BS in Finance from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15
Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15

Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15

Cofounder and CEO, ExplORer Surgical

 

Jennifer Fried is the cofounder and CEO of ExplORer Surgical, a workflow management software company for operating rooms. Jennifer holds a BA in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics, and financial economics from Northwestern University. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While at Booth, she led ExplORer Surgical to a second place finish and $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

Louis Goldman, JD ’74

General Counsel of Bloq, Inc.

Louis Goldman, JD ’74, 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 obtained 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. He was a cofounder of JustWrite EMR, an electronic medical records startup.

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80
Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80

Angel Investor

Nancy Hayes, MBA ’80, is an active angel investor and serves as mentor to entrepreneurs. She advises corporate and nonprofit executives with an interest in management and leadership skill development. She has invested in 22 women-led companies. Nancy has been a senior executive of the IBM Corporation, CEO of two social services non-profit organizations, 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 has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago.

 

Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01
Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01

Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

 

Brad Henderson is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group’s Operations Practice in North America. There, he works across BCG’s different industry practices (consumer, industrial goods, health care, financial services, energy, public sector, TMT) on a range of operations issues such as supply chain, manufacturing and procurement. Brad received a BA and an MA in Economics at the University of Chicago, and an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford, along with an MBA from Said Business School on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Lindsey Lyman, MBA ’08
Lindsey Lyman, MBA ’08

Lindsey Lyman, MBA ’08

Founder, Growth Studios

Lindsey Lyman, MBA ’08, is the founder of Growth Studios, an innovation consultancy that helps companies build commercially viable new products, services, and business models. Through her work as a practitioner, Lindsey also helps executives become stronger innovation leaders. She consults with leading firms, companies, and entrepreneurs to identify unique growth opportunities. Prior to founding Growth Studios, Lindsey spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, where she helped build McKinsey’s global innovation practice and co-developed McKinsey’s Innovation Executive Education program. Lindsey holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she graduated with highest distinction. She now serves as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship there.

 

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73
Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Senior Advisor and Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73, 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 programming at Chicago Booth. Prior to joining the Booth faculty she spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the health care and information services industries. During this time, she was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She works with the many startups that emerge from Chicago Booth’s entrepreneurship programs. Both her governance activities and startup interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world.  She 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.

RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88
RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88

RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88

Founder, Ninepeaks Capital Management

RoseMary Safranek, AB ’80, MBA ’88, founded Ninepeaks Capital Management in 2002. The firm is a specialized investment advisor with offices in New York and Hong Kong. RoseMary has lived in New York, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Chicago since setting out from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal as well as Smash magazine. 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 University of Chicago. She is the oldest of 10 children.

 

David Segura, AB ’05
David Segura, AB ’05

David Segura, AB ’05

Mark Tebbe
Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Polsky Center

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. He has spent many years of judging and mentoring in Polsky’s New Venture Challenge (NVC). Outside of the classroom, Tebbe serves as Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to improve Chicago’s competiveness 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. Using $10,000 borrowed on his credit card, Tebbe launched the technology advisory firm that helped to create over 250 new businesses as well as building backend infrastructure and websites for established companies including Microsoft, Dell, American Airlines, American Express and Charles Schwab. Lante was taken private by SBI Group in September 2002 and sold (as Razorfish) to aQuantive in July 2004.

Guy Turner, MBA ’10
Guy Turner, MBA ’10

Guy Turner, MBA ’10

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

 

Guy Turner, MBA ’10, is managing director at Hyde Park Venture Partners which he cofounded in 2011 from Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on corporate strategy across a variety of industries. He spent his early career as a mechanical engineer with Raytheon and General Electric. He serves on the boards of numerous startups, and is a Kauffman Fellow. Guy received his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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