Raman Chadha (@ramanchadha)
For over 16 years, I’ve been around startups as a professor, consultant, and mentor. During that time, I’ve gained keen insight into how entrepreneurs pursue business opportunities, build companies, and create value. Yes, I ran my own consulting business for eight of those years but what I learned from that doesn’t even compare to what I’ve learned working with hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups, in all industries from retail and food to manufacturing and technology. I’ve seen business models come and go, been through startup booms and busts, and watched founders go broke and hit the jackpot. These days, I’m taking all that experience and applying it in a different way. I recently left the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University to launch a new incubator, venture fund, and coworking space in Chicago. I have two amazing co-founders who bring strengths in complementary areas – angel investing and serial entrepreneurship. Together, we’re building a new model for entrepreneurship support that we (cross our fingers) believe is going to make a difference. At DePaul, I continue to teach as a Clinical Professor, teaching New Venture Lab, Entrepreneurship Strategy, and Corporate Entrepreneurship. I also continue to speak and write, both on my own blog and that of Crain’s Chicago Business. I’m so passionate about the subject that I even started an entrepreneurship club at my daughters’ school. When not working, I spend lots of time with my wife and kids, challenge myself with creating the perfect lawn, and continue trying to master the art of low-and-slow barbecue. I’m a baseball history buff, an indie rock junkie, and a mountain biking novice. I think my love for entrepreneurship stems from my fascination with the origins of almost everything. I have an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.