Early stage investors are usually only presented with a founding team and an idea looking for funding. What do you use a framework to evaluate and encourage successful startups?


Taft Center at Fountain Square
425 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Located across from Fountain Square on 5th Street.  Parking is available at Fountain Square.

Event Details

Dr. Kaplan has over 30 years experience in startups including running the University of Chicago New Venture Challenge that has created over 100 businesses including GrubHub, Braintree, BloomNation and Future Simple / BaseCRM that have raised over $300 million in funding and have led to over $3 billion in exit value. In this event, Dr. Kaplan will share the frameworks he teaches at the Booth School of Business and how those frameworks have been used successfully at the University of Chicago to evaluate an idea for opportunity and risk, create an investable company, and sustain profitable growth leading to an exit.


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Deadline: 1/22/2015


5:00 PM-5:30 PM: Cocktails

5:30 PM-7:00 PM: Session

Speaker Profiles

Dr. Steven Kaplan (Speaker)
Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Steven Neil Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. He has testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee about his research. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.

Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country.

Kaplan serves on the board or advisory board of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, Morningstar, Sandbox Industries and the Illinois Venture Capital Association. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and earned a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Keith Johnson, '11 
Chicago Booth Cincinnati Alumni Group Leader