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.