Below is a sampling of Chicago Booth alumni entrepreneurs who have succeeded in building their own companies or who work as investors in venture capital and private equity. Some include companies founded by students through the Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC).
Collin Anderson, '96
President, Neuros Technology International
Neuros Technology is an open-source portable media device company.
Libby Andrews, '94
Founder and CEO, Libby's Luxuries LLC
Maker of Stick-e® Brands accessories, including the original Yoga Stick-e ® Socks ... For that Barefoot Feeling!
Miguel Ascencios, '01
CEO and Founder, 12 Threads Custom Clothiers
12 Threads is a franchise-based, custom-tailored clothing company where customers are measured in their home or office.
Stopher Bartol, '93, and John Bikus, '97
Legacy.com enhances obituaries with guest books, funeral home information, and florist links, providing a community-oriented, content-rich solution for more than 300 newspapers.
Brian Carpizo, '00
CEO and Founder, Junction Solutions
Junction Solutions is an enterprise software company that builds its solutions on the Microsoft platform.
Margaret Castrovillari, '00
CEO and CFO, Soulistic Studio and Spa
Soulistic Studio and Spa provides innovative fitness programming and holistic spa treatments that focus on mind and body harmony.
Leslie Downey, '83
Principal and Founder, RFID Revolution
RFID Revolution provides innovative, web-based training on radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking technology to the global marketplace.
Karan Goel, ’06
Cofounder, PrepMe Corporation
First-place winner of the 2005 NVC, PrepMe offers online tutoring to high school students studying for the SAT. PrepMe was acquired by Ascend Learning (owned by Providence Equity Partners) in July 2011.
Theodore “Ted” Greene, '93
CEO, Akoya Inc.
Akoya offers software through its cost management analytics for companies that want to determine their direct materials spend.
Scott Griffith, '90
Zipcar provides reliable and convenient access to on-demand transportation through a membership-based model.
Blake Harper, '02
Cofounder, Raceline Motorworks
Raceline Motorworks is a concept store where children can design, build, and race their own remote-controlled car. The idea originated from a team that competed in the NVC, although Harper and his cofounders are not part of the original team.
Roopa, '96, and Subhash Makhija, '96
Cofounders, Global eProcure
Global eProcure is a global supply chain technology and consulting firm specializing in cost reduction through spend management, strategic sourcing, procurement, and outsourcing.
Matt Maloney, '10
Won the New Venture Challenge in 2006, GrubHub was developed to make online food ordering easier and more convenient than ever before. With a network of over 13,000 delivery restaurants, users can view delivery menus, reviews, and available coupons for local restaurants, and order online or by mobile phone.
Drew Massie, '04
Tied for second place in the 2004 NVC, lawyers and ticketed drivers come together via TixNix, the web-based business that helps people fight traffic tickets.
Jon Morris, ’05
Tied for second place in the 2004 NVC, Rise Interactive teaches small- and medium-sized businesses how to acquire new customers via the internet.
John Rodkin, '05
Second-place winner in the 2005 NVC, ClickShift began as F2 and was acquired by Webtrends in 2006. The company is an online advertising optimization tool that helps other companies manage their advertising campaigns. Previously, Rodkin founded Flyswat, also part of the New Venture Challenge, that was subsequently acquired by NBC Internet, Inc.
Jeff Wilcoxon, '04, and Chris Hill, '04
Cofounders, Bobtail Ice Cream Company
A finalist in the 2003 NVC, Bobtail Ice Cream is a chain of Chicago-based ice cream retail stores.
Rita Ravindra, '04
A finalist in the 2003 NVC, StrongMail enables businesses to monetize powerful marketing channels, allowing marketers to reach, engage, and influence their target audience.
Barry Tarter, '03, and Courtney Hall, '03
Cofounders, EXACT Sports
A finalist in the 2003 NVC, EXACT Sports offers tools that provide athletes, coaches, and teams with essential support in player monitoring and development.
Dhiraj Rajaram, '03
Founder and CEO, Mu Sigma Inc.
Mu Sigma helps clients institutionalize analytics in their organizations using global delivery. The company is headquartered in Chicago with delivery centers in Bangalore, India.
Andrew Morrison, '92
Cofounder and former CEO, Cognitive Concepts
A leader in literacy learning solutions, Cognitive Concepts develops and markets educational software, teaching materials, and online resources and provides customized staff development to teachers and language and learning professionals. Its award-winning Earobics products and services directly impacts reading achievement in pre-K through third grade.
Pratik Shah, SM '93, PhD '96, MBA '99
Cofounder and former CBO, Kalypsys
Kalypsys is a San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company with clinical stage pharmaceutical products. Central to their pipeline expansion is epiK™, a proprietary and highly automated small molecule drug discovery platform.
John Rutledge, '94
Founder, President, and CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC
Oxford Capital Group, LLC is a real estate and private equity investment firm and investment holding company that focuses on the hospitality sector. Rutledge is also a member of the Polsky Center Advisory Board.
Daniel Kenary, '85
Cofounder, Harpoon Brewery
Kenary and his partner, Rich Doyle, created Harpoon Brewery to produce unique local brews in the Boston area.
Louise O'Sullivan, '80
Founder and President, Prime Advantage Corporation
Prime Advantage is a private buying group that combines the purchasing power of industrial manufacturers to negotiate rebates and discounts on raw materials, components, supplies, and services for its clients.