Join us for a discussion with J.B. Pritzker, an entrepreneur, investor & philanthropist. He leads a private investment firm that comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management.
J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that 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. The group includes a growing family of companies, among which are investment castings manufacturer Signicast, pallet rental leader PECO Pallet and medical devices maker Clinical Innovations.
Pritzker Group Venture Capital, founded in 1966 as New World Ventures, is the largest 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. The firm has had numerous successes including Fleetmatics (NYSE: FLTX), SinglePlatform (acquired by Constant Contact), Chegg (NYSE: CHGG), Awesomeness TV (acquired by Dreamworks), Paydom (acquired by Disney), LeftHand Networks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard) and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster)
Pritzker Group Asset Management partners with leading investment managers across the global public markets.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Pritzker has been focused on building Chicago’s ecosystem for technology entrepreneurs. He was appointed the founding chairman of ChicagoNEXT, the mayor’s council on innovation and technology, and he founded 1871, Chicago’s digital startup center. He was instrumental in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the seed fund Chicago Ventures, the accelerator Techstars Chicago and the online community BuiltInChicago.org.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Pritzker is an active philanthropist. Together with the Gates, Buffet, Harris, Kellogg and Kaiser foundations, the Pritzker Family Foundation is a principal backer of the First Five Years Fund, a national organization committed to improving the lives of at-risk children by leveraging cost-effective investments in early learning. He also helped establish the Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development at the University of Chicago, led by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman. Mr. Pritzker led the campaign to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, a world class international institution dedicated to human and civil rights and to teaching the universal lessons of the holocaust. He is an active civic leader and engaged board member of a number of other cultural, educational and business organizations.
Mr. Pritzker earned an A.B. in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He lives in Chicago with his wife, M.K. and their two children.
Reservation Deadline is Thursday, October 22 (no exceptions)
DATE: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
TIME: 11:30am - 1:30pm Luncheon
LOCATION: Feinberg Pavilion, 2nd Floor Conference Center, 251 East Huron St., Chicago (Part of Northwestern Memorial)
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 22 (no exceptions)
DUE TO SECURITY MEASURES, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED, NO WALK-INS.
Reservations will be held at the door. You must have Photo ID upon entering the building for security purposes.
LUNCHEON OPTIONS - PLEASE SELECT AND INPUT INTO THE COMMENT SECTION WHEN CHECKING OUT
Grilled Chicken Tortellini Salad
Vegetarian Tortellini Salad
Wharton Club Members and their guests: $35
Co-sponsored by Wharton Club of Chicago, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago and Northwestern Medicine
For questions, please contact Paula Cacossa, WG'95, Wharton Club Board of Directors, Vice President for Marketing & Programming.