The Last Economic Frontier - How Do You Find and Invest in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets?

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

June 2, 2015: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

You will gain a much better understanding of Entrepreneurship and the economic environment in emerging markets, and about efforts being taken to mitigate real and perceived risks.


Glecher Center
room 600, 6th floor
450 North Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:


1. 240 East Illinois Street (indoor, self-park facility is above Dominick's)
2. 300 E. Illinois St. (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage, entrance just next [East] of PJ Clarks)
Cost: $6.00
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Event Details

Imagine if you had been among the group of investors that helped back Henry Ford when he started Ford Motor Company, or maybe you were one of the few that funded Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore when they started Intel, or provided a loan to Ralph Lifshitz to help him start Ralph Lauren. Tomorrow's economic success stories are being written today in places like Kenya, Rwanda, and Nigeria. Places where a rapidly growing middle-class needs everything from basic services to consumer products, and where technology allows businesses to leapfrog certain elements of the development process. So how can you invest in these markets?

In one evening, you will:

1. Learn more about efforts underway to increase investment opportunities in emerging markets.
2. Review information about a prospective investment opportunity in Kenya and discuss the factors that would influence whether or not you would invest in this company, and more generally, emerging markets.
3. Discuss how the JOBS Act can revolutionize access to capital for emerging market companies.

The result:

You will gain a much better understanding of the economic environment in emerging markets, learn more about efforts being taken to mitigate real and perceived risks, and get a sneak peek at a promising company started by alums from Booth and UChicago Law looking to address this $2.5T investment market.

Note: The person who provides the best feedback will receive a prize.


Euler Bropleh is the founder of VestedWorld. After graduating from UChicago Law, Euler started his career at Latham & Watkins where he focused on a variety of corporate and finance transactions for PE funds, startups and Fortune 100 companies out of the firm's Chicago and Hong Kong offices. He also represented VC funds, PE funds and privately held companies at Vedder Price and is the co-founder and Managing Director of Athari Capital, an investment company focused on small and medium-sized entities in Sub-Saharan Africa (with two successful exits).

Lisa G. Thomas is an advisor to VestedWorld and a member of its Investment Committee. Lisa is currently the Director of Investments for Asia at Equator Capital Partners, an investment manager that invests in regulated microfinance institutions and small business banks in developing and transitional economies throughout Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Equator, Lisa was VP of Capacity Building and Operations for CapitalPlus Exchange where she was responsible for the development and management of client one-on-one capacity building relationships. Lisa began her career in investment banking for Merrill Lynch in New York. Lisa received her MBA from Booth in 2006.


Early Bird Discount: $5.00 (e.g., $15 vs. $20), if you register by Thursday, May 28th!

Fee before or on 5/28/2015:

$15.00 for Chicago Booth Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty (same fee for the greater University of Chicago)
$20.00 for General public

Event Sponsor: $500.00

Fee after Thursday, 5/28/2014 (if you miss the Early Bird discount):

$20.00 for Chicago Booth Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty (same fee for the greater University of Chicago)
$25.00 for General public

Event Sponsor: $750.00

Walk-ins are welcomed! (space permitting)
Admission fee at the door, if not pre-registered:
Booth and University affiliation- $25.00
General public- $30.00


Register Online

Registration: is Required for the preferential fee (at door is much higher)
Payment: Payment in Advance only for the preferential fee
Cancellation: before Friday, May 29th, at 8am (have to place the catering order by that day)

No refunds after that time!

Actual Registration is available until before the event.
Registration Deadline (Thur, May 28th) is for the early bird discount of $5. (e.g., $15 vs. $20)

Walk-ins are welcomed! (higher fee, if not pre-registered, and if not sold out)

Light appetizers and one drink are included. Cash bar will also be available.

Deadline: 6/2/2015

Deadline: 6/2/2015


Emil Koulov, '09 

Other Information

6:00pm- Arrival and Efficient Networking
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6:30pm- Presentatoin by VestedWorld team

6:45pm- Break into Small Groups to review and discuss investment documents

7:30pm- Discuss feedback from small group discussions

7:45pm- Q&A

8:15pm- More Learning, Connections, and Self-promotion Opportunities

Share/Pitch your Company or Initiative!
Tell us about whom you met and if you need help!
We give you the Mic to express yourself


Light appetizers and one drink are included on us! Cash bar, all the time.

Hosted by your @CBERTD Chairs: Emil Koulov '09 and Enrique Posse '09