Paul Brown

The James Lee Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Business Applied Research, and Professor (Lecturer) of Impact Investing

Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Career Line, Faculty, Staff, Tenure Track

 Paul Brown holds the James Lee Sorenson Presidential Chair and is a professor (lecturer) of entrepreneurship at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He is also a senior director at the Sorenson Impact Center. Paul serves on the Center’s advisory board and as a member of the investment committee of UVF2, a student-run impact investment fund. He is also an entrepreneur in residence at the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation.

Paul teaches courses in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, social entrepreneurship and innovation, impact investing, and foundations of business. Paul has led student consulting engagements with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Institute on Aging (a San Francisco-based nonprofit), and Access Afya, a Nairobi-based primary healthcare business that operates in informal settlements. He has been a mentor or judge for Village Capital, Healthbox, Bench2Bedside, Opportunity Quest, and Games4Health.

Prior to teaching, Paul was a managing director at Sandbox Industries in Chicago where he co-founded and co-led the firm’s $300M healthcare venture capital fund. He also was the founder, president and CEO of Sandbox Innovation Partners, an innovation consulting practice. Prior to Sandbox, Paul was a vice president at the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield organization for ten years. Previous to that, he was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

In addition to his teaching, Paul serves as an advisory partner for Granite Growth Health Partners, a healthcare services venture capital fund. He is on the boards of Central Logic, CleanSlate Centers, Rendezvous, QualDerm Partners and He also advises Swell CX, Vytalize Health, and Advantia Health. Previously, Paul was on the boards of Capson, Phreesia, TripleCare (acquired by Curavi Health), PatientCo, Nexidia (acquired by NICE Systems), Bloom Health (acquired by three Blue Cross Blue Shield plans), and a board observer for Initiate Systems (acquired by IBM). Paul is also an active angel investor.

Paul earned dual bachelors degrees from The University of Utah and a law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Areas of Expertise
Business Law
Humanities and Business
Impact Investing
Social Entrepreneurship
Venture Capital

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  • JD, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • BA (Philosophy), University of Utah
  • BA (Political Science), University of Utah