Nik Rokop, Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Stuart School of Business, teaches entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and graduate level, and develops tools and frameworks to increase students’ chances of entrepreneurial success. He is Chair of the Entrepreneurship Academy Council, a university-wide group of faculty, staff and students promoting entrepreneurship at Illinois Tech, and supports the Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship.
A lifelong entrepreneur, advisor to and investor in entrepreneurial ventures, Rokop has a passion for creating new businesses and helping others succeed. He previously served as Managing Director of Illinois Tech’s Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, where he led and built a university resource to educate and support entrepreneurs.
Rokop has more than 30 years of successful entrepreneurial experience in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and international operations. His career spans the iron and steel industries, manufacturing, consulting, education and the Internet.