Eric Lefkofsky : Chicago Start-up Principal, World Innovator

Eric Lefkofsky is an entreprenueral leader with a resume of unique start-ups. Lefkosky co-founded Tempus in 2015, a company speciliazing in advanced molecular mechanics used for the treatment of cancer. Tempus utilizes advanced technology to exhibit the break down of cancerous compounds inside the body, assisting in the discovery of patterns used for treatment options in patients. Tempus currently sits in Eric Lefkofsky’s backyard in the city of Chicago. Last September the company announced they had raised $70 million dollars in funds, the third greatest research fundraise of the entire year.

Additionally, Tempus has already partenered with notable healthcare facilities inside the U.S including Northwestern University’s Lurie Cancer Center, Duke University School of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic. Lefkofsky himself is trustee at Chicago’s Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center along with wife Liz. He supports a range of other Chicago based organizations including serving as Trustee Chaiman at the Steppenwolf Theater Company and member Trustee of The Art Insititute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Eric Lefkofsky is more famously known for co-founding another Chicago start-up, that of e-commerce company Groupon. Groupon started as a small project of Lefkofsky’s back in 2007 and now operates in over 140 cities worldwide. Groupon is valued around a billion dollars and traded on the NASDAQ stock market. As part of his nature in alternative businesses Eric Lefkofsky is also a starting partner of Lightbank, a venture fund dedicated to disruptive companies like the ones Lefkofsky has built. Lefkosky teaches business related courses inside the Universiy of Chicago with a focus on business start-ups. He wrote a book on the subject of building unprecedented businesses titled Accelarated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation. A few of his other ventures include Uptake Technologies, a data synthesizing technology company, and Innerworkings, another NASDAQ company with services in print marketing.

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