Growing STEM Enterprises

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

October 20, 2014: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lead technology advisor for state of Illinois and top venture capitalist discuss the commercialization of technical knowledge and related resources for entrepreneurs.


Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus
201 East Loop Road
Wheaton, Illinois

Event Details

As the total number of non-farm Illinois jobs remains at the level of 1998, STEM-based jobs in that time have grown nationally by more than 10% (triple the non-STEM US average growth rate). Related demand is projected to accelerate faster through 2020, with STEM job-holders earning a wage premium of 20+%.

Our speakers, longtime specialists in enabling related industry segments, will discuss the positioning of local firms to share in this prosperity, the development/recruitment of suitable talent, the partnership opportunities for small business to leverage their resources and the support of promising technologies. You thus may learn from them how to supply the miners in the 21st century's gold rush.


Until October 15:

Chicago Booth alum/stud/facult $ 15.00

Entrepreneurial RT Member $ 15.00

General Public $ 20.00

Kellogg School of Management $ 15.00

After Oct 15 - $5 more for each category


Register Online

Save $5.  Register by October 15.

Deadline: 10/20/2014


6:15 PM-7:00 PM: Networking with light refreshments

7:00 PM-8:15 PM: Presentation with Q&A

8:15 PM-9:00 PM: After presentation follow-up and networking

Speaker Profiles

John Banta (Speaker)
Executive Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners

Currently Managing Director of his fund's General Partner, John was CEO/Managing Director of Illinois Ventures, a U Illinois founded premier seed/early stage venture fund commercializing research from Midwestern universities and federal labs. He was a director of numerous firms in clean technology, IT, instrumentation and medical devices. He is also the former President/COO of Digital Work Inc. He is active with professional association, business accelerator and economic development advisory boards. John earned his Bachelor's degree at U Illinois College of Commerce and his MBA from Chicago Booth.

Mark Harris (Speaker)
President/CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

In charge at ISTC since June, 2012 with a prior decade of experience in government, economic development and education, Mark has been Deputy Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and an associate director of our Chicago Booth Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. A Chilean-American who is fluent in Spanish, Mark earned his BS at U Illinois Urbana Champaign and his MA from U Chicago.


Greg Gocek, '85