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Forget the Exit. This Booth ETA Student Plans to Hold Onto his Newly Acquired Plumbing Company for the Long Haul.

For many students pursuing entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA), the primary goal is a quick exit. But Aizik Zimerman, who enrolled in Chicago Booth knowing he wanted to find a small…
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Grit It Done! Reid Tileston’s Journey from Self-Funded Search to Successful ETA Exit

Reid Tileston, MBA ’15, calls himself a “grit it done” kind of guy. An endurance athlete – ultramarathons, an Ironman, mountaineering, open-water swims, competitive stair climbing – Tileston introduced…
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Booth and Kellogg Host World’s Premier Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Conference

The 8th Annual Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Conference returns to downtown Chicago this month as an in-person event, continuing its tradition as the premier gathering for search fund…
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ETA Spotlight // Andrei Papayanopulos, MBA ’14, Cofounder of Arpa Capital

Andrei Papayanopulos started at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with the aspiration to raise a venture capital fund in his native Mexico, where at the time, he…
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Polsky Center’s First-Ever ETA Week Puts “Buy and Build” Model of Entrepreneurship on Center Stage

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is putting the ‘buy and build’ model of entrepreneurship on a global stage, hosting a first-ever ETA…
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‘The ETA Model Works’: Booth Alum, Professor Talk ‘Grand Slam’ Investment and Their Path to Success

University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum, Shamus Hines, MBA ‘15, and Steve Morrissette, a visiting professor of business administration at Booth, first met in 2013 when Hines was…
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Polsky On Demand Launches to Provide Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Access to World-Class Business and Entrepreneurship Training

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has launched Polsky On Demand, a new online portal that provides access to some of Polsky’s world-class business…
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ETA Spotlight // Monica Weaver, MBA ’07

Monica Weaver, MBA 07, acquired TGI Direct in July. After years as a product manager and marketing manager with Owens Corning and USG, Monica decided to launch Carmel Hill Acquisitions…
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Booth ETA Hopefuls Pitch at the Third Annual Search Fund Summit

“This is why I believe I will be a good CEO and partner, and why I think you should invest in my fund.” You don’t often hear phrases like this…
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Future Founders Recognizes Winners of Inaugural EntrepreneurshipU Awards

Future Founders recognized Chicagoland colleges and universities for their contributions to the entrepreneurial community at the inaugural EntrepreneurshipU Awards event on April 18 in Chicago. Read more.
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The Evolution of Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

As 2016 draws to a close, the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) community is in a unique situation. “Search funds”, the predominant model historically and the focus of…

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