The Entrepreneurial Internship Program began in 1998 with support from the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a long-time supporter of entrepreneurship education, awareness, and leadership. Since then we have received generous gifts from alumni and friends of the Polsky Center to help subsidize the internships. We thank the following alumni who are currently sponsoring this program or who have done so in the past.
Daniel Caruso, '90, is the president and CEO of the Zayo Group, a provider of bandwidth and internet infrastructure and network neutral colocation. The Denver Post named Dan one of Eleven Colorado Business People to Watch in 2011. In 2009, Ernst & Young honored him as the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Rocky Mountain Region.
Donald W. Hamer , '58, is founder and chairman of State of the Art Inc., a small business that manufactures chip resistors, surface mount networks, and custom circuits. In 2004, Hamer endowed the Polsky Center with $2.5 million to develop curriculum and educational programs targeted specifically to the small business community.
James P. Hickey, ’82, is a principal at Vista Equity Partners where he sits on the investment committee and is co-head of the Chicago office. He sits on the boards of ADERANT, BigMachines, and Zywave. Prior to joining Vista, Hickey spent 25 years at William Blair & Company, including 14 years heading up the technology investment banking practice and 11 years as a technology equity research analyst.
Rattan L. Khosa, '79, is the founder, president, and CEO of AMSYSCO, Inc., a Chicago-area manufacturer of specialty steel cables that add strength to high-rise buildings. Khosa began with eight dollars in his pocket on his way from India to study on a fellowship at the University of Maryland. After earning a masters degree in structural engineering, an MBA, and garnering 11 years of experience in sales and management in the construction supply industry, he launched his company in the basement of his Downers Grove home in 1981.
Ellen Rudnick, ’73, is a clinical professor of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth. She is a successful start-up executive, having served as chairman of Pacific Biometrics and CEO of Health Care Knowledge Resources. She has held positions as corporate vice president at Baxter Healthcare and president of Baxter Management Services Division, which she founded.
Immanuel Thangaraj, AB ’92, MBA ’93, is a managing director at Essex Woodlands, one of the nation’s oldest and largest healthcare venture and private equity firms. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Clear Vascular, CBR Systems, Kona Medical, Proteus BioMedical, Precision Dermatology and TearScience. Thangaraj is on the advisory board of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The Dean’s Office at Chicago Booth has sponsored internships through the Polsky Center’s Entrepreneurial Internship Program since 2009 when the program expanded from its initial 18 interns per year size. The Polsky Center is grateful for financial support and guidance that The Dean’s Office gives each year.