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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team is paving the way for Chicago’s entrepreneurial spirit. Housed on a collaborative campus, we are a group of committed professionals dedicated to promoting and supporting students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers and local entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Executive Committee

The Polsky Center works in close collaboration with the the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, and the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago and is governed by an Executive Committee representing those divisions.

John FlavinJohn Flavin
John Flavin

John Flavin

Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

5454 South Shore Drive, 2C
Chicago, IL 60615

Jflavin1@uchicago.edu

Executive assistant:
Rose Boyd Jones

773-834-3209
rjones2819@uchicago.edu

John Flavin, MBA is the Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. He leads the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which brings together the University’s nationally recognized programs in venture creation and education, technology commercialization, and business incubation, streamlining access to venture support resources for University and community entrepreneurs and corporate partners. Prior to this role, John was the founding executive director of the Chicago Innovation Exchange, a start-up hub at the University of Chicago that is now part of the expanded Polsky Center.

An entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences field focused on finance and operations, Flavin has co-founded and built several companies, raised over $220 million in private and public capital, and led 2 successful NASDAQ IPOs. John is Managing Director at Flavin Ventures, LLC, a venture creation and management firm, as well as a board member at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and he sits on Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois Innovation Council, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT technology council and the City of Chicago’s Small Business Advisory Committee.

Steven N. Kaplan
Steven N. Kaplan

Steven N. Kaplan

Faculty Director and Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

5807 South Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

steven.kaplan@chicagobooth.edu
773-702-4513

Steven Neil Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.

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Ellen A. RudnickEllen A. Rudnick
Ellen A. Rudnick

Ellen A. Rudnick

Sr. Advisor for Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
1-773-834-3781

Ellen Rudnick teaches the Entrepreneurial Internship Seminar and Developing a New Venture (New Venture Challenge). She is a successful start-up executive, having served as chairman of Pacific Biometrics and CEO of Health Care Knowledge Resources. She has held positions as corporate vice president at Baxter Healthcare and president of Baxter Management Services Division, which she founded. Her current board experience includes: Liberty Mutual Insurance, Patterson Companies (NASDAQ: PDCO), Health Management Systems (NASDAQ: HMSY), and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FMBI). She was previously a venture partner for Inroads Capital.

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Eric Isaacs
Eric Isaacs

Eric Isaacs

The Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics; Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories

Executive Assistant:
Cynthia Sullivan
773-702-9476
clsullivan@uchicago.edu

 

Eric D. Isaacs oversees University research administration, development, safety, and computing; technology development and new ventures; and numerous endeavors in science and innovation that cut across divisions, schools and institutes.  View full  bio here.

Derek Douglas
Derek Douglas

Derek Douglas

Vice President for Civic Engagement

Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 100
5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773.702.3627

drbdouglas@uchicago.edu

Derek R.B. Douglas leads the University’s local, national, and international urban development and civic engagement efforts. He also spearheads the University’s efforts to work in partnership with the surrounding South Side neighborhoods, city, region, nation, and globe to advance urban economic development, enhance the quality of life for residents, and enrich the work of University faculty and students through research, education, and direct engagement. View Derek’s full bio here.

Madhav V. Rajan
Madhav V. Rajan

Madhav V. Rajan

Dean

5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Dean Rajan, George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, joined the Chicago Booth faculty on July 1, 2017. Previously, he spent 16 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was the Robert K. Jaedicke Professor of Accounting, with a courtesy appointment in the Law School. He served as senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2010-2016, overseeing the school’s MBA program.

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