Introduction to Venture Capital: free, noncredit course at Harper Center – open to Fermilab employees

Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, researchers and faculty conducting scientific research at UChicago, Argonne and Fermilab are encouraged to apply for the new course, Introduction to Venture Capital: A Toolkit for Analyzing and Financing Startups. If you have ever considered being part of a startup or wanted to understand more about how startups source and receive investments, then this class is just for you. Adapted from two popular entrepreneurship courses at Chicago Booth, this course will empower scientists to understand the underlying economics of a new business. Participants will also gain insight into how investors make decisions. The course is recommended for those interested in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. No previous business experience is required. Read the syllabus here. >> 

The class will meet every Wednesday from January 3 through March 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Harper Center, Room C-07. There is no cost to take this noncredit course. Attendance is mandatory. Teams or ideas are not necessary for application. This course can serve as a precursor to or a continuation of the Polsky Center I-Corps Program or the Entrepreneurship for Science and Medicine course, which was offered in the Autumn 2017 quarter. Space is limited – apply early.

Application deadline
Thursday, December 14
5 p.m.
Apply online

*Applicants will receive notice of their application status no later than Tuesday, December 19.
About Scott Meadow:
Professor Meadow has held the position of Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 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” as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Professor Meadow has taught 10,000 students at Chicago Booth in Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity and Commercializing Innovation, which he created. Since 1982, Professor Meadow has been a principal investor in the private equity industry. Professor Meadow has been a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms. He has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally originated or created over sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, and numerous tech companies. Professor Meadow is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Medal. He earned an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.