Mustafa “Mus” Chagal is a serial entrepreneur and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Additionally, Chagal is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Faculty Coach at University of Chicago Booth Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Chagal has been a long-time judge-mentor for the New Venture Challenge advising numerous early stage companies.
Chagal has been the acting CEO of UICO since 2018 and the Chairman of the Board since 2013. UICO is a venture backed company with proprietary technology that enables touchscreens to work when exposed to water, liquids, and through gloves. Chagal has been involved in international private label manufacturing and distribution of products & components for the industrial and building materials sectors in USA for almost 20 years. Chagal started his entrepreneurial career in 1999 at FastWeb, a technology start-up. FastWeb became the destination site and search engine for college bound students looking for scholarships, and the prominent one-to-one marketing & customer acquisition platform for companies targeting the youth market (acquired by TMP Worldwide). After receiving his MBA from University of Chicago Booth, Chagal was recruited by Booz Allen & Hamilton and helped launch their office in Istanbul. Chagal joined Ameritech Executive Development Program after college and held several senior corporate and operating positions with increasing responsibilities for a decade in the telecom sector.
Chagal was born and raised in Cyprus and came to the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1984. Chagal holds a BS in Computing and Information Science & Math from Roosevelt University, and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth. Chagal was admitted to the Lincoln Academy in 1988 as a Student Laureate. The Lincoln Academy elects several Laureates each year to the Order of Lincoln, the highest award given by the State of Illinois.
Chagal is passionate about soccer and has coached AYSO for decades. Mus Chagal lives in Lincoln Park with his wife and two sons.