Mike Marasco Co-founder, Partner Mike is someone you can always count on to help start something new because heâ€™s driven by seeing people with new ideas flourish.
Marasco | Time is the enemy when developing a new product or turning around a struggling brand.
understands the classic entrepreneur's biggest challenge: having enough funding, whether it's a recent college graduate launching a new business or someone in an established company with a great idea but not a lot of internal support.
Working both sides, Mike
not only connects people and their ideas to investors but comes up with ways for entrepreneurs to bootstrap and develop an idea with little or no capital.
is the driving force behind the top ranked-along with MIT
and Stanford-Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI) at Northwestern University
students have gone on to run multi-million dollar start-ups, creating their successful ideas under his
guidance and the team at FCEI
's particular area of interest is the intersection of medicine and technology.
Besides teaching courses like Technical Entrepreneurship, he
oversees NUvention, a series of medical, web and energy innovation programs that expose students to the entire business and product development processes.
has ranked NUvention one of the 10 best entrepreneurship classes in the U.S.
Mike is also an active angel investor in a number of early stage companies.
Mike joined Northwestern University as FCEI director and is a professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
With over 20 years' experience in the corporate world prior to Northwestern
launched and ran the very successful Digitas office in Chicago.
He also worked with Organic, Inc., Solucient and as chief marketing officer of Bally Total Fitness.
He received his BS in accounting from DePaul University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
is based in Chicago.