Faculty & Research

Brian Axelrad

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Brian Axelrad is chief investment officer of Beyond Capital Fund, a social impact fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises throughout India and East Africa. Beyond Capital focuses on businesses in healthcare, waste and sanitation, water, agriculture, food security and financial inclusion with the purpose of improving the quality of life and standards of living of the bottom of the pyramid. More locally, Brian is a Managing Director of the Midwest Fund for Service Provider Capital, a venture capital fund that follows an index investment strategy applied to the early stage technology market on a region-by-region basis.

Brian is also a partner in the Business and Finance Group at Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago. At HMB, he chairs the firm’s Venture Capital and Technology practice, as well as its Philanthropy, Social Impact and Investment practice. Through his legal practice, he advises private equity and venture capital funds, family offices, angel investors, foundations and philanthropists on their deployment of capital, in addition to guiding and coaching entrepreneurs and executives through the legal and operational challenges (and milestones) of their businesses.

An active member of the community, Brian also previously taught an impact investing seminar at the Chicago Booth, which he developed in collaboration with the Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative and the Polsky Center and was recently appointed as SEI’s first Impact Investor in Residence. He is now teaching a similar course with Prof. Rob Gertner.

Brian frequently publishes on the topics of venture capital, technology startups and social impact in various publications, such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, on LinkedIn's publishing platform and academic journals, such as the Journal of Taxation and Investments. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Additionally, he holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts.


2016 - 2017 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
34112 Impact Investing 2017 (Spring)