Council of technology leaders representing a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in the areas of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship for startups and later-stage growth companies in Chicago’s rapidly growing ecosystem

Areas of Focus

Broad scope with an emphasis on






Mark Tebbe – Lake Capital (Chairman)

J.B. Pritzker – Pritzker Group (Chairman Emeritus)


Encourage new ventures & help grow established businesses

Attract Technology Talent

Attract Venture Capital

Connect Established Firms & Startups

Key Initiatives


Recognizing Chicago’s creative “makers” as brand ambassadors to help raise the city’s profile as an innovation hub and destination for business and tourism

Chicago Venture Summit

Connecting venture funding to Chicago entrepreneurs

Cleantech Innovation Bridge

Matcheing clean energy researchers and early-stage ventures with corporations seeking innovative energy technologies and solutions.


Incubating HealthTech entrepreneurs: MATTER is a community of startups and industry leaders working together in a shared space to fuel the future of healthcare innovation


Connecting top university talent with Chicago‘s innovation ecosystem



Sunil Garg – Exelon (Committee Co-Chair)

Michael Polsky – Invenergy (Committee Co-Chair)

Declan Flanagan – Lincoln Renewable Energy

Amy Francetic – Clean Energy Trust

Antonio Gracias – Valor Equity Partners

Mark Harris – IL Science and Technology Coalition

Pete Kadens – SoCore Energy

Nathan Laurell – New Frontier Holdings

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

John Tolva – PositivEnergy Practice


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 – Modest Inc.

Benedict Rocchio – Baird Venture Partners

Neal Sales-Griffin – The Starter League

Howard Tullman – 1871

Kevin Willer – Chicago Ventures


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

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