Excelerate Lab Mentors

Linda Darragh

Linda Darragh

Director of Entrepreneurship Programs / Professor
Chicago Booth
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship

Linda Darragh teaches the New Venture Lab and the Social Entrepreneurship Lab at Chicago Booth and serves as a coach for the New Venture Challenge and the Social New Venture Challenge. She has also helped launched the global and social versions of the NVC. Previously, Linda taught entrepreneurship courses at the Kellogg School of Management. She was also vice president of the Women's Business Development Center, where she assisted high growth women business owners. Her work with women seeking equity investment led her to bring Springboard to the Midwest which resulted in over $85 million invested in women entrepreneurs and the creation of the Ceres Venture Fund in which she is an investor. Linda received the Illinois Technology Association's Citylights Award in 2009, given to an individual that has made a significant impact on the Illinois technology community. Linda is a Board member of TiE Midwest, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, ITA and ACCION Chicago.