Challenges in Middle Market
PE and Early Stage VC Investing:
New Ideas and Strategies

Save the Date, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The University Club of Chicago
7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

On behalf of the Kellogg School of Management, we welcome you to the 15th Kellogg Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference. This year’s conference will focus on the unique challenges of middle market PE investing and the dynamics of early stage VC investing. Middle market PE plays a pivotal and often distinct role in today’s economy. These activities garner far less media attention than the mega-buyouts and later stage VC investments but play a critical role in facilitating economic prosperity. The 2014 PEVC conference will illuminate many of the less aired strategic obstacles and opportunities inherent in current middle market PE and early stage VC investing.

Past Conferences



  • Jai Shekhawat (’96)
    CEO and Co-founder of Fieldglass, Inc.

    Featuring Guest speakers Doug Grissom (Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners) and Steve Vivian (Partner, Kestrel Capital Group)

    Jai is the CEO and Co-founder of Fieldglass, which makes the world's most widely used Cloud platform for the procurement of contract labor and services. Jai previously co-founded Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Naperville, Ill., with development and sales operations in multiple countries. Formerly, he was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago where he served clients in various industries in the areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He also worked as a senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan. Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

  • Nagraj Kashyap (’01)
    Qualcomm Senior Vice President, Ventures and Innovation

    Nagraj Kashyap is a Senior Vice President of Qualcomm. In this role, Kashyap is the global head of the Qualcomm Ventures group and oversees the Company’s strategic investments in wireless industry ventures. In addition he oversees all business development activities for Qualcomm Research.