Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Waverly Deutsch teaches the Global New Venture Challenge and Building the New Venture for Booth’s Executive MBA program and is a full-time coach for the New Venture Challenge. In 2005, she received the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Teaching Pedagogy award for the YourCo simulation that parallels the Building the New Venture class and allows students to develop and run a mock startup through the launch process. In 2015, Deutsch was honored with the Phoenix Faculty award for her contributions to the Booth student community beyond the classroom.

In her role as Polsky Director for the UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, she is responsible for helping to connect and support all of the University of Chicago’s worldwide entrepreneurial alumni. She also writes quarterly for the Chicago Booth Review magazine. Waverly currently serves on several advisory boards for startup companies as well as the advisory council of OCA Ventures, a leading Chicago venture capital firm. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Waverly was managing director of NetFuel Ventures, an internet incubator. Before moving to Chicago, Waverly spent seven years with Forrester Research in Cambridge Massachusetts. Waverly holds a BS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in theater history from Tufts University.

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