Scott F. Meadow

Since 1982, Scott F. Meadow has been a principal investor in the private equity industry. He is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Award, which 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. 

Prof. Meadow was also awarded the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Phoenix Prize and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. He was designated as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools” in 2003 (8th edition) and 2005 (9th edition). Prof. Meadow has taught more than 8,000 students at Chicago Booth in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, commercializing innovation (which he created), and the New Venture Challenge. He is a faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

Prof. Meadow has more than 25 years of experience with venture capital and private equity firms, including William Blair Venture Partners, the Frontenac Company, the Sprout Group, and, most recently, the Edgewater Funds, where he remains a senior advisor. Over the course of his career, he has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fund-raising, and has personally led, originated, or created more than 60 investments, including two dozen health-care services companies, more than a dozen consumer-services and retail companies, and companies enhanced by the internet.