Linda Darragh
Linda Darragh

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice
The Larry Levy Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Executive Director, Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

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Linda Darragh's professional and volunteer experience has focused on enhancing entrepreneurship in Chicago for three decades. Two key areas of interest have been early stage financing and teaching.

As the Larry Levy Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Ms. Darragh oversees one of four strategic initiatives at Kellogg. In this capacity, Darragh has updated and enhanced the curriculum, expanded the faculty and increased engagement opportunities for students and alumni. Darragh also teaches New Venture Development, which helps launch student businesses, as well as the Growth Straetgy Practicuum (capstone) course for the Executive MBA program.

As Vice President of the Women's Business Development Center, she piloted innovative lending programs that created collaborations with foundations, banks and all levels of government. Ms. Darragh also organized Springboard: Mid-West, a nationally recognized investor forum for women entrepreneurs, in 2001 and 2003. The forums raised more than $85 million for participants. Another outcome of Springboard was the establishment of the Ceres Venture Fund in which she is an investor.

In 1999, Ms. Darragh started as an adjunct professor at Kellogg where she taught 'Women and Entrepreneurship' and then '462: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation'. She later became Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship.

In 2006, Ms. Darragh became the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ms. Darragh's accomplishments included organizing global alumni entrepreneurship immersion trips to India and China, launching the Global New Venture Challenge, leading the Exploring Entrepreneurship Series that culminated in annual conferences that highlighted local innovation in the areas of financial trading, education and food. She taught the New Venture Lab and Social Entrepreneurship Lab courses and was also a coach for the New Venture Challenge and the Social Venture Challenge.

Most recently, Ms. Darragh has focused her efforts on early stage financing in the realm of for-profit social ventures - impact investing. In collaboration with Professor Jamie Jones of Kellogg, they organized an 'Impact Investing' conference in 2011 and then launched Impact Engine, an accelerator for for-profit social ventures.

Ms. Darragh is an active member of the Chicago entrepreneurial community. She has been a long-time board member of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871.

In her free time, Ms. Darragh will be on the golf course, tennis or paddle tennis court, skiing or in her garden.



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Education
M.Sc.(Pl.), 1978, University of Toronto
B.A., 1976, Queen's University

Academic Positions
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago , 2005-2012
Assistant Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 2003-2005
Adjunct Professor, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1999-2003

Other Professional Experience
Co-Founder, Impact Engine, 2011-present
Vice President, Women's Business Development Center, 1989-2003
President, EconoTech, 1983-1988
Staff Member, City of Chicago, 1979-1983
Staff Member, Metropolitan Toronto Planning Department, 1978-1979

Honors and Awards
Educator of the Year, Social Entrepreneurship Alliance
Chicago 50 on Fire, Chicago Inno
Chicago Tribune 'Blue Network' Top 100 Tech and Innovation Leaders, 2015
Illinois Technology Association’s CityLights Award, 2009
Finalist for the Most Outstanding Professor Award at Kellogg, 2004-05
U.S. Small Business Administration, Women’s Business Advocate (for Illinois and the Midwest), 2002
U.S. Small Business Administration, Financial Services Advocate (for Illinois and the Midwest), 1998
Illinois State Treasurer’s Business/Technology/Finance Trailblazer Award, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 People Influencing Technology in Chicago, 2001, 2002, 2003

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Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

New Venture Development (KIEI-940-0)
Students that have completed initial testing and market research and have determined that there appears to be a product-market fit for a customer base of a significant size, can apply to this course. This course is focused on testing and validating product-market fit, user interfaces and experience and advancing to the development of a refined MVP concept. There is an emphasis on using digital tools to test customer acquisition and messaging.

EMBA Capstone Course

The purpose of this experiential learning course is to provide EMBA students an opportunity to apply their Kellogg knowledge and experience. Students work with local growth stage companies. Students interview key stakeholders, analyze company data and then develop a strategic plan focused on a specific issue.


Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-0)
All FT GIM classes will hold a final, mandatory class session. Please refer to each class's syllabi for the date and time.

Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) is an international experiential learning course designed to provide students with an introduction to the unique business opportunities, management practices and market dynamics of a specific region or global industry. The course combines in-class lectures, reading discussions and case studies during the winter quarter with ten days of international field research over spring break. Immersed in the culture and language of their host countries, students will have the opportunity to meet with local business and government leaders, conduct interviews and collect data for their group research projects, and experience some of the unique social and cultural facets of the region. Final presentations and written research reports are due in spring quarter after completion of the overseas portion of the class. Each class section is taught by a faculty member with deep knowledge of the region or industry and supported by an advisor from the Kellogg staff who assists students in planning the field experience. Students are financially responsible for their travel costs, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Field Study (KIEI-498-0)
Field Studies include those opportunities outside of the regular curriculum in which a student is working with an outside company or non-profit organization to address a real-world business challenge for course credit under the oversight of a faculty member.

Executive MBA
Emerging Markets: Technology Ecosystems in Latin America (INTLX-930-0)


Capstone Course (STRTX-470-0)


Growth Strategy Practicum (STRTX-940-0)