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Stel Valavanis

Stel Valavanis

President  |  onShore Networks

Stelios Valavanis, founder and president of onShore Networks, co-founder of Creative Coworking, and investor in several early stage companies. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. Stel held a number of technical positions at the University of Chicago, before founding onShore. He formed his first business in 1981, producing and distributing Apple II software packages. He currently serves on the boards of the ACLU of Illinois and We the People Media, and advisory boards and committees for several other organizations and companies.

His love for things technical has spanned most of his life. By age 15, he was writing dBase code for a market research company, creating an analysis tool for sale to other marketing firms.  Stelios has appeared as a guest lecturer and panelist for local colleges, non-profits, and various industry events. He has also been involved in many artistic projects, including audio recordings, video compilations, and interactive installations.