november, 2019

15nov9:00 AM5:30 PM6th Annual Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference

Event Details

The ETA Group at Chicago Booth, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative are delighted to host the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference.

The Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Conference is an annual event that brings together search fund entrepreneurs, investors, MBA students, faculty, and other participants in the entrepreneurship through acquisition ecosystem to meet one another and share insights into this rapidly-growing area. This year’s conference will feature two distinct tracks: (1) Traditional ETA and (2) Alternative ETA. The Traditional ETA track will highlight ETA models employed by graduating students and young alumni, including traditional, self-funded, and incubated search funds. This track is tailored to undergraduate and MBA students as well as professionals looking to learn more about the ETA model and/or considering ETA as a potential career path. The Alternative ETA track will highlight alternative paths to ETA and the CEO role, market trends, and other important topics. Some panels in this track will be tailored to more experienced executives.

The conference is co-organized by Chicago Booth and Kellogg and offers the opportunity to meet industry experts and practicing entrepreneurs from across the country, who provide their perspectives on various aspects of the ETA model. Entrepreneurship through acquisition rests at the intersection of academia and the private sector, blending the vast knowledge and insight of academia with the wisdom and experience of practicing professionals.


9:00 – 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 am Opening Remarks

10:00 – 10:45 am Track 1: ETA Career Path

10:00 – 10:45 amTrackt 2: Mid-Career Transition to CEO

10:45 – 11:00 am Break

11:00 – 11:45 am Track 1: The Investor Perspective

11:00 – 11:45 am Track 2: Women in ETA

12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm Track 1: Working with the Owner

1:00 – 1:45 pm Track 2: ETA Trends and Updates

1:45 – 2:00 pm Break

2:00 – 2:45 pm Track 1: Young CEO Perspective

2:00 – 2:45 pm Track 2: Creating Value

2:45 – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 4:00 pmClosing Keynote with Eric Roza, CEO of DataLogix

4:00 – 5:30 pm Networking Reception (on-site)

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(Friday) 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST


Chicago Marriott Downtown

540 N Michigan Ave


Polsky Center for Entrepeneurship and Innovation

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