Jim Schultz is the founder of Open Prairie and responsible for the management of four private equity funds with investments in innovative technologies including agriculture. Funds invested by Open Prairie have resulted in two successful IPO’s and created over 4,000 jobs across 22 portfolio investments. Jim is a fifth-generation Illinoisan, agribusiness entrepreneur, and private equity executive. He has owned three proprietary soybean seed companies and three ag-chemical companies along with farmland in the Midwest and Brazil. He also was appointed to lead the State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and oversaw business development along with Trade Missions to Japan, China, Canada, Germany and France. Jim earned his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University, a J.D. Degree in Corporate Finance from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.