Fellows Directory

Jennifer Fried

ExplORer Surgical

Jennifer is the CEO and Co-Founder of ExplORer Surgical. The firm has created a surgical "playbook" for the operating room that allows doctors and nurses to most efficiently prepare for surgery as well as coordinating during the procedure.

Jennifer and ExplORer Surgical have been featured in periodicals like the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Crain’s Chicago Business. They received the 2017 Up-and-Comer Chicago Innovation Award, and several new-venture competitions.

Previously, Jennifer was a Vice President at Park Lane Ventures, a healthcare-focused fund spun out of Essex Woodlands. For over two years, she was the only non-managing director on the investment team, joining three other members with decades of investing experience.

She also served as healthcare associate at Hyde Park Angels, during which time she was sourcing, diligencing, and evaluating early-stage healthcare businesses in the Chicago area.

Jennifer began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago after graduating from business school.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jennifer earned an MBA, with Honors, in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds a BA, with Honors, in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics from Northwestern University.

She received numerous awards and funding during her time at Booth, including a $70,000 Forte Fellow scholarship that paid a portion of her tuition and a $2,500 annual prize from the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group, recognizing her as an MBA student likely to advance the interests and achievements of women. Jennifer has a long-held personal passion for health and wellness. She is a self-proclaimed gym rat and spends much of her free time at the gym taking a variety of group exercise classes.

As a member of Class 20, Jennifer began her fellowship at Park Lane Ventures under the mentorship of Immanuel Thangaraj (Mentor Class 13), and completed it at ExplORer Surgical.