ChicagoNEXT

Mission

Chicago’s innovation ecosystem has grown rapidly, supporting startups and later-stage growth companies alike. ChicagoNEXT represents a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in the business climate related to science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

ChicagoNEXT seeks to positively impact new venture formation in Chicago and to accelerate the growth and/or expansion of established businesses.

Tweets: #ChicagoNEXT

Areas of Focus

While the council will focus broadly on tech and science-based pursuits, there will be a particular emphasis on:

  • CleanTech
  • BioScience
  • Web/Mobile

Core Goals

  • Attract talent
  • Engage alumni (university and corporate)
  • Increase level of available venture capital
  • Raise Chicago’s tech profile both domestically and abroad
  • Connect entrepreneurs and corporate Chicago
  • Provide voice for broader technology community
  • Improve data collection and reporting

Leadership

  • J.B. Pritzker – Pritzker Group (Chair)
  • Eric Lefkofsky – Lightbank (Co-Chair)
  • Jeff Aronin – Paragon Pharmaceuticals (Co-Chair)
  • Pat Ryan Jr. – Incisent (Co-Chair)
  • John Tolva – City of Chicago (Ex-Officio)
  • Brenna Berman – City of Chicago (Ex-Officio)
  • Karen Weigert – City of Chicago (Ex-Officio)

Members

CleanTech

  • Sunil Garg – Exelon (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Michael Polsky – Invenergy (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Seyi Fabode – Power2Switch
  • Declan Flanagan – Lincoln Renewable Energy
  • Amy Francetic – Clean Energy Trust
  • Antonio Gracias – Valor Equity Partners
  • Nathan Laurell - New Frontier Holdings
  • Mark Harris – IL Science and Technology Coalition
  • Eric Isaacs – Argonne National Labs
  • Pete Kadens – SoCore Energy
  • Barry Matchett – Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Katie McClain – Clinton Climate Initiative
  • Andrew Pearlman – Great Point Energy
  • Daphne Preuss – Chromatin
  • Nick Pritzker – Tao Capital
  • Tim Stojka – Agentis Energy
  • Chuck Templeton – Impact Engine

BioScience

  • Jeff Aronin – Paragon Pharmaceuticals (Committee Chair)
  • Andrew Cittadine – Diagnostic Photonics
  • Nancy Joseph-Ridge – Takeda
  • Michael Liang – Baird Venture Partners
  • David Miller – iBIO
  • Nina Nashif – HealthBox
  • Norbert Reidel – Baxter
  • Jim Robinson – Astellas
  • Nick Rosa – Sandbox Industries
  • David Schonthal – Fusion Ventures
  • Staffan Schuberg – Lundbeck
  • Tim Walbert – Horizon Pharma
  • Sona Wang – Ceres Venture Fund
  • Jeff Yordon – Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Web/Mobile

  • Eric Lefkofsky – Lightbank (Committee Co-Chair)
  • J.B. Pritzker – The Pritzker Group (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Chris Gladwin – Cleversafe
  • Roger Liew – Orbitz
  • Fred Hoch – IL Technology Association
  • Bryan Johnson – Braintree
  • Brad Keywell – Chicago Ideas Week
  • Adam Koopersmith – New World Ventures
  • Logan LaHive – Belly
  • Eric Lunt – BrightTag
  • Matt Maloney – GrubHub
  • Talia Maschiach – Eved
  • Dan O'Neil – Smart Chicago Collaborative
  • Maura O’Hara – IL Venture Capital Association
  • Harper Reed – Obama for America
  • Benedict Rocchio – Baird Venture Partners
  • Neal Sales-Griffin – The Starter League
  • Howard Tullman – Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
  • Kevin Willer – Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

University Partners

  • Linda Darragh – Northwestern University
  • Caralynn Nowinski – Univerity of Illinois
  • David Baker – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • David Miller – DePaul University
  • Matthew Tirrell – The University of Chicago