Chicago-based Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky: Founder of Tempus

Eric Lefkofsky is a Chicago-based entrepreneur who has founded and co-founded many successful companies over the years. His latest venture, Tempus, is a healthcare technology company changing the way doctors treat cancer. Through Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky is hoping to make it easier for doctors to access data about their patients’ treatment plans to make more informed decisions about their care.


Eric Lefkofsky is also a significant donor to the University of Chicago, where he and his wife founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support innovative initiatives in education, medical research, and the arts. Eric Lefkofsky has had a successful career as an entrepreneur, but he hasn’t always been interested in business. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming an inventor or scientist.


But that changed after his father passed away when Lefkofsky was just 16 years old. Eric Lefkofsky started working at his mother’s dry-cleaning store to help support the family and eventually discovered his passion for entrepreneurship. This, while attending the University of Michigan School of Business. Since then, Eric Lefkofsky has been a driving force in the Chicago startup scene, and his companies have raised over $600 million in venture capital. 


In addition to Tempus, some of Lefkofsky’s other notable ventures include Lightbank, Echo Global Logistics and Uptake. Eric Lefkofsky is a member of the Chicago Cubs ownership group and has donated millions to various charities around Chicago. DePaul University recently gave him an honorary doctorate for his philanthropic work in the city over the past decade. Eric Lefkofsky currently serves as chairman of Lightbank’s board and director at Echo Global Logistics, Uptake, and The Chicago Cancer Genomics Center.