IDEO’s David Schonthal – Question 0: Beginning the Hunt for New Ideas

Published on July 24th, 2019

Join us for a lecture from David Schonthal, the senior portfolio director for IDEO. He will speak about creativity and the hunt for new ideas.

David Schonthal is a Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He teaches courses in new venture creation, design thinking, innovation, and creativity. Outside of Kellogg, David is a senior portfolio director and business designer at IDEO, where he helps companies design new business models and creative paths for products and services to get to market. David has also developed initiatives such as the IDEO’s Startup-in-Residence program. David currently serves as an operating partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital where he invests in consumer, enterprise, and healthcare technology startups.

Prior to his time in Chicago, David spent nearly a decade in the venture capital and start-up world as a partner at Fusion Ventures and director of strategy and venture development for Tavistock Life Sciences. He has also held numerous senior operating roles at startups in both the technology and life sciences sectors.

David is a co-founder of MATTER, a 25,000 square-foot innovation center in downtown Chicago focused on catalyzing and supporting healthcare entrepreneurship, and serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurship council, ChicagoNext. He is a contributing writer to Forbes, Inc., and Fortune Magazines, authoring articles on corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, and business design. David has received several awards for his work, including a Kellogg Faculty Impact Award for excellence in teaching. David has also been honored on Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list and as part of the “Techweek 100.”

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