Eric Lefkofsky: Entrepreneurship with a Heart

Having received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, Eric Lefkofsky has gone ahead to follow an unconventional path for a man of his training. Born on September 2nd, 1969, Eric has started many successful ventures mostly with the sole objective of helping others. His activities lean towards selfless giving. In 2006, Mr. and Mrs. Lefkofsky started Lefkofsky Family Foundation to support high impact programs, endeavors and research for the good of communities. They also have a special focus on children. So far, the foundation has funded more than 50 organizations.To achieve its mission LFF seeks to ensure access to quality education, improve fundamental human needs, propel innovative medical research and expand cultural initiatives. Aside from LFF, Eric Lefkofsky serves on the boards of institutions that meet the interests of the community. Eric serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. He is a trustee of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2006, Eric and his wife Elizabeth became members of the Giving Pledge. This is a campaign to encourage wealthy people to give half of their wealth to charitable causes either during their lifetime or upon death.

Genetic Data Library

In 2016, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus. This is a company that created the world’s biggest library of molecular and clinical statistics and with it an operating system that made it accessible and useful. His goal was to allow cancer patients to benefit from treatment of other patients that came before them. Tempus enables physicians to deliver personalized cancer care by use of genomic statistics in line with their mission. Tempus boasts CLIA certified lab with an annual capacity of 50,000 patients.

More Achievements

Groupon and Uptake LLC are among the many businesses Eric has had a hand in. He has also taught and published. Eric Lefkofsky taught Applied Technology at Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and Disruptive Business Models at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Currently, Eric is an adjunct professor at Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago teaching entrepreneurship and building technology-based business; he is a certified expert in this. Learn More.

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