University of Chicago
Jason Pariso is the Director of the University of Chicago Innovation Fund, an early-stage fund dedicated to the commercialization of research and technology generated at the University, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. He also develops strategy and programming for the University’s new cross-campus initiative, the Chicago Innovation Exchange.
Jason previously served as the Vice President of Product Management for Pinpoint MD, a healthcare startup building a diagnostics-driven patient engagement platform. During his career, Jason has built a diverse set of skills while working as a media and telecommunications investment banker, founding and growing an educational nonprofit, restructuring a textile manufacturer, developing corporate strategy for Dell Financial Services, and launching a SaaS call center telephony startup.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jason graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he earned a Master of Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship and managerial and organizational behavior. While at ChicagoBooth, Jason was a top-3 finisher in the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, the top-ranked university accelerator in the nation. He was also President of the Class Agents, helped to create a new course with the co-founders of Groupon, and was the Recipient of the 2010 Booth Ambassador Award. Jason continues to be involved with the university, serving as a judge for the New Venture Challenge and the John Edwardson '72 Social New Venture Challenge, and as a teaching assistant for both the Global New Venture Challenge and New Venture Strategy.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Princeton University and earned a certificate in business from the Amos Tuck Global Business Bridge Program at Oxford University.
Jason served his fellowship at the University of Chicago Innovation Fund as a member of Class 21. His mentors were Executive Director John Flavin and Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Scott Meadow.