Contance Freedman

Constance Freedman

Contance 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.

Talati

Dipa Talati Mehta

Talati

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

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

Ian Drury

Ian

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

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Kevin is a Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund, where he oversees all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. From 2011 to 2013, Kevin was the President & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). During this time, Kevin was also a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, overseeing their early-stage Seed Investments. Previously, Kevin co-founded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. Before Google, Kevin held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology. Kevin is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations, and serves on several boards. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is a Director of The Economic Club of Chicago and is a Trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago and of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served on the steering committee for Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and is a member of the Mayor’s tech council, ChicagoNEXT. Kevin earned his MBA from Chicago Booth where he sits on the Executive Advisory Board for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. Kevin was honored to deliver the 2013 Commencement address at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the 2011 address at Loyola University’s School of Business. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics.


Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

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

After many years of judging and mentoring in the New Venture Challenge, Mark 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 Chicago Booth, Mark aids students in their entrepreneurial efforts and helps other professors enhance their classes. Outside of the classroom, he serves as chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to raise Chicago’s profile in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1984, Mark founded Lante Corporation, a Chicago-based technology-consulting firm in which he served as CEO and chairman. In September 2004, he was cofounder, vice-chairman of the board and lead director of Answers Corpora on. Building on his inspiration to create a productive website to aid his son on a school essay, Mark co-conceived the answers.com website which became one of the Web’s leading Q&A publishers and was sold to Announce Media in July 2011. Mark also served as an opera ng executive at Lake Capital where he was involved in guiding and aiding numerous por olio companies with strategy development, operational refinement, and execution monitoring, as well as investment evaluation, structuring, and negotiation.
Michael Sachaj

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.
Gertner

Robert Gertner

Gertner

Robert Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, Chicago Booth

Rob is the Joel F. Gemunder Professor at Chicago Booth, as well as co-director of Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative. His research focuses on issues in applied game theory, organizational economics and social sector institutions. 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 of Game Theory and the Law. Rob teaches courses in strategic decision-making and social entrepreneurship. Rob is a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core and a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at The University of Chicago. Rob received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1986.
Sinuhe Arroyo

Sinuhe Arroyo

Sinuhe Arroyo

Sinuhe Arroyo

CEO & 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).
Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

Waverly serves as the Professor for the Global New Venture Challenge. She has also been a full- time coach for the annual New Venture Challenge competition since 2002. From 2006 to 2009, in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program, Waverly pioneered and taught an intensive summer seminar entitled Elements of Entrepreneurship in which promising high school students from the Chicago Public School Systems turn an idea into a business plan in two weeks. In 2015, she was honored with the Phoenix Faculty award for her contributions to the Booth student community beyond the classroom. Waverly's research focuses on the execution issues entrepreneurs face as they grow their businesses, especially marketing, sales, operations and team building. In addition to teaching, her self-proclaimed " first love," she is an active angel investor and advisor to start ups including the Stylisted, PrettyQuick, InterApt, and many others. She served on the board of directors for InContext Solutions, a leading 3D virtual store market research company from 2009 to 2011. She is an advisor to OCA Ventures, a leading technology VC in Chicago, and serves on the board of SmartBet Charities, which uses poker as a vehicle to facilitate entrepreneurial networking in Chicago and raises money for local programs that introduce young people to entrepreneurship education. In her year as managing director of NetFuel Ventures, an internet incubator, Waverly helped raise seed capital and launch three technology companies before the firm merged with ARCH Development Partners. As executive vice president of marketing and strategy for internet exchange company fob.com, she increased their media visibility by 500 percent. She spent seven years with Forrester Research, helping to grow the company from a 20-person boutique market research firm to a publicly traded, global brand with a market cap of over $600 million and offices worldwide. Waverly earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. She received a master's degree in 1989 and a PhD in theater history in 1992 from Tufts University.