John Flavin

John Flavin at the Chicago Innovation Exchange during its construction
(Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune / Aug. 21, 2014)

Entrepreneur John Flavin was named chief financial officer of Lisle-based medical technology company Endotronix in April 2018. Before that, he was associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Chicago and leads the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Under his watch, the Polsky Center expanded part of the Booth School of Business into a free-standing entity that includes all of the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

“We’re putting together 60 programs along the innovation pathway that pull together features that were represented by (the CIE, UChicagoTech and the Polsky Center),” he said. “Now we’re delivering it in a more organized and systematic way.”

Before taking the helm at the Polsky Center in July 2016, Flavin served as executive director of the Chicago Innovation Exchange at the university, a startup hub that helped scholars and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses and products.

He joined the center when it launched in 2013, after more than a decade as managing director of Flavin Ventures, a venture capital and management firm focused on creating life science companies.

Before that he was executive director of Chicago Innovation Mentors, a consortium of Illinois universities and research institutions that connects entrepreneurs with corporate mentors. He led the group from 2011 until joining the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

Flavin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University and an MBA in finance from Lewis University.

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Connected to: Patrick Flavin, brother