Faculty & Research

Scott Meadow

Scott F. Meadow

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

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.

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" (2003, 8th edition) and (2005, 9th edition) as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Professor Meadow has taught 8000 students at Chicago Booth, in Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity, Commercializing Innovation (which he created), the New Venture Challenge, and is the faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

Scott has over 25 years’ 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 a Senior Advisor. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as companies enhanced by the Internet. Scott has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry, and is a testifying expert witness.

Representative investments include Coventry Corporation, HEALTHSOUTH, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise International, Managed Health Network, Aspen Education Services, Pathology Partners, Heritage Healthcare, MedPartners, The Sports Authority, CompUSA and Staples. Scott recently served on the board of directors of National Equipment Services (NASDAQ: NLEQ) during its emergence from Chapter 11 and Barrier Safe Systems. He currently serves on the Board of Invenergy, GenerationOne and is an advisor to Anka Associates a Private Equity firm focused on Turkey.

Professor Meadow earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


2019 - 2020 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
34101 Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity 2020 (Winter)
34101 Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity 2020 (Summer)
34106 Commercializing Innovation: Tools to Research and Analyze Private Enterprises 2019 (Fall)
34106 Commercializing Innovation: Tools to Research and Analyze Private Enterprises 2020 (Spring)
34502 Introduction to Venture Capital: A Toolkit for Analyzing and Financing Startups 2020 (Winter)
34825 Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital 2020 (Summer)

Other Interests

Advisor to numerous venture funds and Corporate Boards, Board of Overseers Visiting Committee for Harvard College.