Faculty & Research

Jason M. Heltzer

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

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5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Jason Heltzer is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and also serves as an EIR in the Polsky Center. Outside of academia, Heltzer is a Partner at Origin Ventures where he is a board observer for Whittl and Doggyloot. The prior 13 years before joining Origin, Jason worked at OCA Ventures where, as a member of the investment committee and as a general partner, he was involved in over 60 venture capital investment transactions and worked directly with founders to grow many of OCA’s portfolio companies. While at OCA, Jason led the seed round in Base CRM where he continues to serve on the board of directors. Previously, Jason had board responsibilities for Alert Logic (acquired by Welsh Carson), TradeKing, Red Foundry, Whittl and Pinpoint Health. Jason also led OCA’s investments in Cartavi (acquired by Docusign), Brightnest (acquired by Angie’s list) and FeeFighters (acquired by Groupon). Jason was named a Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 member in 2013.

Before OCA, Jason spent three and a half years as a software engineer and software architect for Deloitte Consulting. He also led engineering and business teams at 1stUp, a San Francisco-based startup.

Heltzer earned his MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth with high honors. While he was a student at Booth, Heltzer was a Siebel Scholar and was selected for the Entrepreneurial Internship Program (EIP), where he won first place in the national Kauffman Case Competition.

Heltzer is an active Booth alumnus: in 2011 he was awarded the Alumni Angel Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to the professional and personal development of current Chicago Booth students. He is also active inside the classroom at Booth: he has been a guest lecturer in the Private Equity Lab since 2002, and a judge for New Venture Challenge since 2004.

Heltzer also holds a BS in computer science, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan, where he founded a fraternity and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Heltzer serves on the boards of Temple Sholom of Chicago. Jason has an interest in movies, and has watched every Best Picture movie from 1927-2013, plus about 100 documentaries. In addition, for most of his life, Jason has been addicted to video games, which is what prompted him to teach himself how to code when he was 13.


2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
34707 Private Equity Lab 2016 (Spring)
34708 Venture Capital Lab 2016 (Spring)