Eric Paul Lefkofsky has made an indelible mark in the business, health and technology circles with his highly impactful innovations and philanthropic work that continues to better the welfare of local communities. According to a brief published on Lefkofskyfoundation.com, Erick and his wife Liz are the co-chairs of Lefkofsky Family Foundation (LFF), which is an initiative that targets to enhance the lives of people at the community level. Erick is also the Cofounder of Lightbank venture capital, tech upstart Tempus, global eCommerce leader Groupon and Mediaocean, a media procurement service leader.
According to Erick Lefkofsky’s LinkedIn page, Lightbank is a VC that specializes in choosing and investing in disruptive technological entities. The Chicago based entity has so far invested in over 70 companies across the US. Lightbank takes a unique investment approach that involves raising money through Series A funding, supporting late stage investment and providing hands on assistance to upcoming startups. Mediabank, which Erick established in June 2006, provides a media platform for organizing various advertising processes. Agencies, third party affiliates and media sellers can use Mediaocean OS to perform procedures such as media planning, buying, analysis, invoicing, payment and optimization. The entity currently serves more than 80,000 advertising professionals in the US.
Groupon, on the other hand is a global eCommerce giant. The company offers consumers from all over the world, unbeatable deals and a large marketplace. The products offered by the Chicago based concern include electronics, home furnishings, fashion items and accessories. Through the LFF, Eric and her wife Liz have done a lot to uplift the fortunes of various people at the community level. In terms of Education, the organization supports numerous programs, including; The Success Project, Young Chicago Authors, After School Matter and Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. The After School Matter program is involved in giving Chicago teen’s great after school opportunities designed to develop and sharpen their talents.
Over 200,000 teens have participated in the after school program through various science, sports, technology and art initiative. Lefkofsky has also impacted the community positive through the medical assistance. His foundation supports various health organizations and initiatives such as those run by American Brain Tumor Association, University of Michigan Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is at the forefront of treating patients suffering from pancreatic cancer. The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center hopes to come up with a vaccine technique that will aide patients and families suffering from the hereditary disease. Eric holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.