Howard A. Tullman is responsible for leading the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. Over the last 50 years, Tullman has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. Most recently, he led Chicago-based 1871, which was named the top university-affiliated business incubator in the world in 2018. He is also general managing partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners and G2T3V, LLC, both Chicago-based early-stage venture capital funds.
Before serving at 1871, he most recently was the chairman and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College, which he co-founded in 2007. Tullman is the former president of Kendall College and the former chairman and CEO of Experiencia, Inc.
Tullman is also a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT council, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Cultural Advisory Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s New Media Council. Tullman is a graduate with honors of Northwestern University (B.A., 1967) and of its School of Law (J.D., 1970), where he also graduated with honors.
Jeremy Alexis is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Design and the director of the IPRO Program. Alexis teaches ID’s core design process class and co-teaches the biomedical engineering design capstone. He is the lead faculty for the Institute of Design’s executive education program, working with organizations such as FedEx, Ford, Nestle Purina, Hitachi Data Systems, The Kresge Foundation, and Leadership Greater Chicago. He conducts research in health care and criminal justice reform with partners including the American Bar Association, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Sheriff of Cook County. Before joining Illinois Tech in 2005, he worked at the design/innovation firms Gravity Tank (now part of Salesforce) and Doblin (now part of Deloitte). He has an M.Des. and B.Arch. from Illinois Tech.