Since 1982, Scott Meadow has been a principal investor in the private equity industry. He is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Award. The Daley Medal acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the state of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.
Meadow has held the position of clinical professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth since 2000. He was awarded the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Phoenix Prize and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. He was designated by Business Week’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools” (2003, 8th edition) and (2005, 9th edition) as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Meadow has taught 10000 students at Booth, in courses including Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity, Commercializing Innovation (which he created), Introduction to Venture Capital (which he created), Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital, and the New Venture Challenge, and he is the faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition. Meadow is also on the advisory board and steering committee of the Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago.
Meadow has over 30 years of experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group, and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains an associate partner. Over the course of his career, Meadow has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than 60 investments, including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as biotech companies and companies enhanced by the Internet and social media. Meadow has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry and is a testifying expert witness in a broad range of commercial disputes involving entrepreneurship.
Representative investments include Coventry Corporation, HEALTHSOUTH, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise International, Managed Health Network, Aspen Education Services, Seurat Therapeutics, Pathology Partners, Heritage Healthcare, MedPartners, The Sports Authority, CompUSA, and Staples. Meadow recently served on the board of directors of National Equipment Services (NASDAQ: NLEQ) during its emergence from Chapter 11 and Barrier Safe Systems. He has served on the advisory board of Invenergy, GenerationOne, Dais Corporation, and Anka Associates, a private equity firm focused on Turkey. Meadow earned an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.