Prof. of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Kellogg School of Management
David Schonthal is a Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches courses in new venture creation and business model design. He also serves as the Director of Kellogg’s Zell Scholars program, a selective venture accelerator program designed to help student-entrepreneurs successfully launch new businesses.
Outside of the classroom, David is a leader in the Business Design practice at IDEO, where he has helped develop initiatives such as the Startup-in-Residence program as well as other approaches around venture design and corporate entrepreneurship. Committed to catalyzing and supporting healthcare entrepreneurship in Chicago, he recently co-founded MATTER, a first-of-its-kind co-working and healthcare innovation center, and he currently serves as a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship council, ChicagoNext. Over the years, David has advised and mentored several startup accelerators and incubators throughout the United States, including TechStars, CONNECT, San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI), and Chicago Innovation Mentors.
Previously David was Co-Founder of Fusion Ventures, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing early-stage technology startups. He was also formerly Director of Strategy and Venture Development at Tavistock Life Sciences, a private investment firm based in San Diego, California, and has held numerous leadership positions at startups in the technology and life sciences sectors.
He earned his MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.