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The Book of Booth: Immanuel Thangaraj, AB ’92, MBA ’93

As managing director of Palo Alto–based Essex Woodlands, Immanuel Thangaraj has helped lead one of the world’s largest health-care- dedicated investment firms in raising over $2.4 billion and building more than 100 companies. In 2015, he spun out its early-stage investment activities into Park Lane Ventures, and he remains managing director at both firms. The 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award winner serves as co-chair of the Council on Chicago Booth and is a dedicated volunteer across the university.


Meet the Founders

For entrepreneurs, tapping into a like-minded community can provide that extra push to keep going. That’s precisely the goal of the Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship, or PF3, at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where nine entrepreneurs are spending the year growing existing ventures. PF3, now in its first official run, serves as a yearlong incubator for Chicago-based entrepreneurs, providing everything from funding to coworking spaces to quarterly check-ins. Graduating University of Chicago students, Booth students, and decelerating Booth students can apply for the program. Here’s a look at the newest fellows:<br/>


Internships for the Startup Set

When Full-Time MBA student Paolo de Vivo walked through the door of his summer internship, it felt nothing like the office where he had spent the last few years. “There were 10 people in a room rather than 400 on a floor, and I basically had to jump in and understand what we were doing,” said de Vivo, who interned at London-based Beekin, a year-old real estate startup that provides risk analytics and is led by Vidur Gupta, ’10. The all-hands-on-deck atmosphere meant he had opportunities to learn from day one: he delved into the company’s machine-learning-driven models, reviewed product strategy, and became integral to the team. “By week two, I was meeting with clients and venture capitalists,” he recalled. De Vivo is one of dozens of interns who participated in Startup Summer, a unique, three-year-old program that places incoming Full-Time MBA students at internships with alumni-founded startups during the summer before they begin their first-year studies at Chicago Booth. Students spend seven weeks working side by side with founders at company offices or coworking spaces. A stipend from Booth covers interns’ living expenses, a boon for young startups seeking talented help. “Our alumni entrepreneurs give so much to Booth, so we wanted to give back to them,” said Stacey Kole, AM ’86, PhD ’92 (Economics), deputy dean for MBA programs.


Something Ventured

Two thousand miles from the Charles M. Harper Center, two Booth-bred entrepreneurs take turns stating their cases. Hands fly up from the crowd, and rapt listeners grill these innovators with questions about their businesses. Poised and prepared, the presenters answer without breaking a sweat. After all, they’ve already weathered the pressure cooker of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s New Venture Challenge finals. The presenting skills forged in that crucible are on display in their confident approach to a new challenge: Polsky Center’s West Coast Demo Day.