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Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC)

Chris McGowan

Chris McGowan

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Focus: Private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance
Program involvement: Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab (PE/VC Lab), Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC), Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC), private equity workshops, student seminars, and student lunch and learns

Chris McGowan is the general partner of CJM Ventures (CJMV), a Chicago growth equity and private equity investment firm. McGowan’s private equity career began 26 years ago with AEA Investors in New York City, after earning an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Columbia University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and following two years of mergers and acquisitions training at Morgan Stanley. After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School, he joined Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), where he co-headed their basic industries practice for the last five years of his 12-year career there. At MDP, he oversaw more than $2 billion of equity investments focused on buyouts and growth equity globally in the industrial, consumer, and energy and power sectors. In 2011, with the help of MDP leadership and mentors, McGowan formed CJMV, an investment firm focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in companies located near Chicago and London. McGowan is an active angel investor and currently serves as chairman of the limited partner advisory committee for Hyde Park Venture Partners Fund I (and a member of Fund II and Fund III’s boards), on the board of directors and portfolio advisory board of Hyde Park Angels, and as chairman of the advisory board for Valley Growth Ventures.

Kim Vender Moffat

Kim Vender Moffat

Investor-in-Residence, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth

Focus: Private equity, growth equity and founder-led businesses
Program involvement: Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC) and student workshops

Kim Vender Moffat is a private equity investor, board member, and advisor to early-stage, small, and middle-market growth companies. She recently founded Rosa Partners through which she advises and partners with founders and management of private companies, investment firms, and family offices. She is a board and investment committee member at Impact Engine and a cofounder of the First Women’s Bank of Chicago.

Prior to Rosa, Kim was a managing director at Sterling Partners where she focused on healthcare, consumer and education services companies. During her time at Sterling, she also built and led the firm’s investor relations, business development, and firm strategy functions. Kim also worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Kim earned an AB from Harvard University and a JD MBA from Pritzker School of Law and Kellogg School of Management.

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