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Global New Venture Challenge

Global New Venture Challenge

Judges

Constance Freedman
Constance Freedman

Constance Freedman

Founder and Managing Partner, Moderne Ventures

 

Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Accelerator. Constance has invested in more than 40 technology companies and helped bring them to market by partnering with over 300 executives and corporations focused on using technology and innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on several company boards, past and present, including DocuSign, Updater, Ifbyphone (now DialogueTech), ePropertyData (now Xceligent), UrbanBound and TaskEasy. Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance was the head of Strategic Investments at the National Association of Realtors where she launched and managed its investment arm, Second Century Ventures (SCV), and founded its accelerator program, REach, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. Prior to joining SCV, Constance was an investor with Cue Ball, an early and growth stage investment fund focused on the information services and consumer sectors. In 2014, Constance was recognized by Crain’s Business in its prestigious 40 under 40 award and was also named on Crain’s Chicago Top Tech 50. In both 2014 and 2015, Constance was recognized on Swanepoel’s Power 200 Most Powerful Individuals in Residential Real Estate and in 2015, named in Inman’s Top 101 in Real Estate. She is also an active mentor for startups at TechStars and other accelerator groups. Constance earned a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dipa Talati Mehta
Dipa Talati Mehta

Dipa Talati Mehta

Vice President, Sandbox Industries

 

Dipa is a vice president of Sandbox Industries. Prior to Sandbox, Dipa was at Amgen Ventures and worked closely with the global commercial and marketing organizations to identify companies in the digital health space for their products. Previously, she held positions at UBS in their global healthcare investment banking group in New York and at the healthcare fund of Paul Capital. Paul Capital invested in public/private late-stage pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as monetizing royalty streams for inventors, universities and companies. Dipa holds a B.S. from the New York University Stern School of Business and an MMA from Chicago Booth where she received the Chicago Booth Leadership Award of Distinction. Dipa also graduated from the Kauffman Fellows program and is member of Class 17.

Greg Bunch
Greg Bunch

Greg Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

 

Greg draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg is a cofounder of Oration, a software start-up in the Bay Area. Oration provides large self-insured employers and their employees with an easy-to-use interface to obtain healthcare commodities such as drugs and durable medical equipment at the lowest prices. He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses, and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo and Yum! Brands. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms. Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees. Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and a MDiv from Harvard University.

Ian Drury
Ian Drury

Ian Drury

General Partner, OCA Ventures

Ian has 25+ years experience as a business operator and entrepreneur with a background in technology in the financial services, data services, insurance, communications and retail industries. He has started businesses, raised money, bought/sold/integrated companies, pivoted to new business models, scaled businesses/ teams, restructured companies and successfully led companies/ teams through the internet bubble and the great recession. His leadership experience includes partnership positions at Accenture and Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, cofounder and president of BigEdge/MVP.com, president of a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp, chief information officer of a $500M P&C insurance company, and most recently prior to joining OCA Ventures, Ian was chief information officer for TransUnion’s US business. During his 5 years at TransUnion, he optimized a budget of $170M+ and more than 700 employees/contractors, created alignment across IT/Sales/Analytics, restructured the IT department and implemented IT best practices driving improvements in execution/quality, supported entry to new industry verticals, integrated 8 acquisitions, supported two sales of the $1B+ company as the technology co-lead – first to Madison Dearborn in 2010 and to Goldman Sachs & Advent International in 2012. His advisory and board responsibilities for OCA Ventures include: Red Foundry, Persio, Falcon Insurance Group, Ascend Consumer Finance, Impossible Objects, BigStep, Options Away, Rithmio and SpiderOak. Ian has a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois.

Kevin Willer, MBA ’10 (XP-79)
Kevin Willer, MBA ’10 (XP-79)

Kevin Willer, MBA ’10 (XP-79)

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Kevin is partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund where he is overseeing all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. He joined the fund in June 2013. Previously, Kevin was the president and CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), which manages, operates, and programs 1871, one of the top ranked incubators in the world serving hundreds of startups building their early-stage businesses located at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. During this time, Kevin was also a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital. Previously, Kevin cofounded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over ten years with Google, Kevin helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals and led relationships with some of Google’s largest marketing partners based in the Midwest. Before Google, Kevin held business development positions at CMGI and USRobotics. Kevin is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is on the board of trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology and of Loyola University Chicago and is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of NorthShore University HealthSystem, the BigShoulders Fund, ChooseChicago, mHub, World Sport Chicago, the Future Founders Foundation, the CEC, and the inaugural Development Council for USA Soccer. In 2011, he served on the steering committee for Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and currently is a member of the Mayor’s technology council, ChicagoNEXT. Previously, he was a director of The Economic Club of Chicago and was a trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics, and he earned his MBA from Chicago Booth.

Mark Tebbe
Mark Tebbe

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, 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.

Full Bio

Michael Sachaj
Michael Sachaj

Michael Sachaj

Principal, Hyde Park Angels

 

Michael is the Principal of Hyde Park Angels. He leads HPA’s investment opportunities through sourcing deals, conducting due-diligence, and providing oversight of the University of Chicago Booth Associate team. Michael joined HPA after spending three years as a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a variety of process and customer service improvement efforts. He earned a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2009.

Rob Gertner
Rob Gertner

Rob Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; Faculty Co-director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth

Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial strategy, and social entrepreneurship.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.

Sinuhe Arroyo
Sinuhe Arroyo

Sinuhe Arroyo

CEO and Founder, Taiger

 

As founder and CEO of Taiger, Sinuhe Arroyo is responsible for the global strategy and the execution of the business plan of the company. Prior to launching Taiger, Sinuhe worked as corporate development manager at phion AG. In this firm Sinuhe completed the acquisition of Visonys AG and successfully established new business partnerships internationally. He was as well in charge of analyzing product portfolio determining profitability and ranking, resulting on improvement of offer focus, market position and profit growth. Before phion AG he worked at DERI as project manager, taking part in several world-class research projects that laid down the foundations of the semantic technology. In this company. He acted as well as member of the executive management board of various multi-million European Framework projects advising and influencing on strategic issues as required. Sinuhe began his career at iSOCO S.A., contributing, and already in 2000, to one of the first commercial semantic technology projects worldwide. Sinuhe holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a PhD in computer science (computational semantic technology) from the University of Innsbruck (Austria).

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