Philanthropist and entrepeneur Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is a Chicago Illinois based entrepreneur. He grew up in Southfield Michigan just a few hours away from the city he would later call his home. Eric’s dad was a structural engineer and his mother was a school teacher. He had a modest upbringing and attended the University of Michigan. In 1991 Eric graduated with honors from U of M and then pursued his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He earned this degree in 1993 and began his entrepreneurial road to success.

Eric has co-founded many Chicago based businesses. Some of the businesses that Eric Lefkofsky co-founded include Tempus, Groupon, InnerWorkings, Mediaocean, and Lightbank. InnerWorkings is a company that provides print procurement services. InnerWorkings was founded in 2001 and Eric was on the board of directors until the fall of 2012. Mediaocean was a result of the merger of MediaBank and Donovan Data Systems that occurred in February of 2012. Lightbank is a venture firm that helps with the steps in development for Chicago based companies.

Tempus is a medical technology company. The technology that Tempus provides benefits for doctors, patients, and the drug industry. Handwritten documents from doctors can be virtually scanned and incorporated to the online information database for other health care specialists to access. This technology helps benefit patients during their treatments of diseases such as cancer. Tempus has recently acquired a large donation to further their technological advancements. They currently employ more than four hundred employees and with this new funding, they will be adding more employees to continue advancement in treatment technology.

Eric Lefkofsky is a father of three and started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation with his wife. Their charitable organization provides funding for educational and community-based programs in the Chicago area and also benefits worldwide charities. Eric and his wife are also members of the Giving Pledge.