The October 20, 2014 presentation with John Banta, Executive Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners, and Mark Harris, President CEO, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, is hosted by the Chicago University Booth School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable West Suburban alumni group at Illinois Institute of Technology DanAda Rice Campus Auditorium, 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton, Illinois.
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STEM Academic Disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
As the total number on non-farm Illinois jobs remains at the level of 1998, STEM-based jobs in that time have grown nationally by more than 10% (triple the non-STEM U.S. average growth rate). Related demand is projected to accelerate faster through 2020, with STEM job holders earning a wage premium of 20+%.
Our speakers, longtime specialists in enabling related industry segments, will discuss the positioning of local firms to share in this prosperity, the development/recruitment of suitable talent, the partnership opportunities for small business to leverage their resources and the support of promising technologies. You thus may learn from them how to supply the miners in the 21st century’s gold rush.
John Banta, Executive Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners
Currently Managing Director of his fund’s General Partner, John was CEO/Managing Director of Illinois Ventures, a University of Illinois founded premier seed/early stage venture fund commercializing research from Midwestern universities and federal labs. He was a director of numerous firms in clean technology, IT, instrumentation and medical devices. He is also the former President/COO of Digital Work Inc. He is active with professional association, business accelerator and economic development advisory boards. John earned his Bachelor’s degree at University Illinois College of Commerce and his MBA from Chicago Booth.
Mark Harris, President/CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
In charge at ISTC since June 2012 with a prior decade of experience in government, economic development and education, Mark has been Deputy Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and an associate director of our Chicago Booth Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. A Chilean-American who is fluent in Spanish, Mark earned his BS at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and his MA from University of Chicago.
*The term STEM is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy.