John Banta serves as the CEO & Managing Director of IllinoisVentures, LLC, a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on building globally-competitive companies based on research conducted at Midwest Universities and federal laboratories. John serves as the Managing Partner of the Illinois Emerging Technologies Funds managed by the firm. John is the former President and COO of DigitalWork, Inc., a DFJ and Dell Ventures portfolio company, having served previously as its SVP of Corporate and Business Development. Prior to DigitalWork, John served as Vice President of Corporate Services for UBS. John serves on the Board of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the iBio Institute, the Argonne Venture Accelerator Consortium and the Clean Energy Trust. John earned an MBA in finance and statistics with high honors from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois.