Innovation - Recipe for the Secret Sauce

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

January 20, 2014: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hear from companies recognized by the World Future Society for industry-changing technologies and learn how to be effective in identifying the "next big thing."


City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building
Meeting Room at Plaza Level below restaurant
2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, Illinois

Event Details

As a member of our January audience at our interactive forum, you will be well positioned to gain insights on topics like:

  • Best practices in innovation and sustaining them across new markets
  • Developing accurate forecasts for emerging opportunities
  • Effective management of technological and business risks
  • Identifying and cultivating appropriate talent to execute in new contexts



Ideally timed as a reality check for the seasonal tradition of New Year economic forecasts, our audience will enjoy the special opportunity to connect with the most accomplished founder of our venue. John Calamos of Calamos Investments has graciously offered to provide his firm's latest quarterly financial market update to kick off our program. So in addition to ideas for driving long term business growth via innovation, attending that evening will offer the views of some of the most insightful financial analysts in the Chicago area about near term business prospects to start 2014.


Chicago Booth Alumni, students and faculty $15 until January 15, then $20.  General public:  $20 until Jan. 15, then  $25.


Register Online

You can save $5 by registering by January 15.

Deadline: 1/20/2014


6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Networking with light refreshments

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Panelist presentations and discussions

Speaker Profiles

Praveen Gupta (Panelist), Prysm, Inc.

Praveen, a frequent speaker internationally (and prior Booth ER presenter) on education in innovation and making innovation more pervasive, predictable, and profitable, is the founding Editor of International Journal of Innovation Science, and founding Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at IIT School of Applied Technology. Author of several books including Business Innovation in the 21st Century, and The Innovation Solution, he has co-edited the Global Innovation Science Handbook (McGraw Hill).

Previously at Motorola's Semiconductor, Communication and University sectors, and AT&T Bell Laboratories and a consultant to roughly 100 small to large size companies including Motorola, Telular, Abbott Labs, Dentsply, Experian, FORD, ITW, and SSA, he currently is on assignment at a Silicon Valley maker of large HD display solutions relying on patented Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology. Praveen has taught Operations Management at DePaul University's MBA program, and Innovation to Engineering and Information Technology students at UIC, and IIT. He earned his BSEE from IIT Roorkee in India and his MSEE from IIT Chicago.

Praveen is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), Professional Engineer (PE), Quality Engineer (CQE), Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and Master Business Innovator (MBI). A recipient of multiple CEO Awards at Motorola, and of the IIT Chicago Alumni Achievement Award, he was included in IIT India's Global 101 List.

Adam Siegel (Panelist)
CEO, Inkling Markets

Adam founded this company which offers a prediction market platform to collect and aggregate predictions about a future event. By asking questions and using fantasy currency, your employees, business partners, or customers make bets on expected outcomes which produces a probabilistic forecast, much like a weather report to indicate the likelihood of occurrence. Adam previously spent 10 years as a consultant at Accenture, working with a long list of Fortune 100 and Government Agencies and also heading research initiatives around next generation user experiences. Adam has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University.

Greg Topel (Panelist) '07
CEO, Tangible Haptics

Greg launched Tangible Haptics with founders and Northwestern University faculty J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin. The company is developing Surface Haptics, which is a suite of patented multi-sensory touchscreen technologies enabling users to feel what is seen on a touchscreen such as edges of keys, the snap of a toggle switch, and directional impacts in a game, all on a flat piece of glass. Tangible secured a strategic investment from a major OEM in the spring of 2013 and assembled a core team to develop a market solution targeted to launch at the end of 2014. Greg's leadership experience crosses a variety of companies and electro-mechanic product lines including Motorola, Visualize (an engineering consulting firm), and Life Fitness. Before joining Tangible Haptics, Greg was R&D Manager at ITW's Technology Center where he oversaw mechanical and manufacturing efforts and technology evaluations for innovative product entries. Greg has a BSME from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Greg Gocek (Moderator) '85


Wayne Barcheski 


Other Information


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March 17, 2014 – "Female Entrepreneurship- Distinction With a Difference"
Featuring Hyde Park Angel Karin O'Connor, CEO Michele Honomichl,
and serial entrepreneur Gail Zelitsky