J.B. Pritzker, the succesful businessman who has helped ignite Chicago's entrepreneurial ecosystem, will keynote SSTI's 2014 Annual Conference, Regional Prosperity Through Innovation, being held in Chicago, September 14-16.
J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Pritzker Group comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management. Pritzker Group Private Capital acquires middle-market manufactured products, services and health care companies. Pritzker Group Venture Capital, founded in 1996 as New World Ventures, is the largest technology venture investor based in the Midwest. The firm invests nationally in rapidly growing technology companies at all stages of their growth, with a principal focus on enterprise software, ecommerce and managed services. Pritzker Group Asset Management partners with leading investment managers across the global public markets.
Mr. Pritzker is a leading proponent of entrepreneurship and a stronger technology sector focus in the Midwest. He chairs ChicagoNEXT, the mayor's council on innovation and technology, and founded 1871, Chicago's digital startup center. He played an important role in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the nation's top regional private equity association, and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the leading regional advocate for entrepreneurs. He also co-founded Chicago Ventures and funded the startups of Techstars Chicago and Built in Chicago.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Pritzker is an active philanthropist. He chaired the campaign to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum Education Center and is one of the nation's leading supporters of high-quality early childhood education.
Mr. Pritzker earned an A.B. in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Amazing early registration prices are available until June 15.
© Illinois Science and Technology Coalition
Illustration by Dieter Braun