John Jabara

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of University Startups

Expertise: Pharma/Biotech, Cleantech/Sustainability, Healthcare, Retail, Enterprise, and Residential Real Estate

John Jabara is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and the Course Designer and Lecturer for Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation at SCS. He was previously the Curriculum Adviser for the design phase of the Business & Entrepreneurship Concentration for the SCS Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. John has played a leading role in establishing Georgetown Entrepreneurship student clubs and the surrounding ecosystems on both the Medical Campus and SCS. John is a member of the Advisory Board of Georgetown University’s Medical Research Commercial Prioritization Project, and was recognized with Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards for his contributions to the MSB Entrepreneurship Program in both 2016 and 2020. In 2021, John was recognized with the Georgetown University Tropaia Outstanding Faculty Award at SCS and the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Faculty Award at the McDonough School of Business.

John was previously a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, where he taught classes at the graduate and undergraduate level on Launching Technology Startups, Social Impact Enterprises and Global Entrepreneurship. His books ‘Mastering Customer Interviews for Entrepreneurs: The Fastest Way To Great Customer Feedback’ and ‘Mastering Social Impact for Entrepreneurs: Transform Your Lean Startup With Social Impact’ are used in startup classrooms and incubators / accelerators nationwide.

He started and ran large international operating divisions in the US, UK and Japan over 22 years for multinational healthcare company GlaxoSmithkline PLC. He has started and advised numerous companies in biotechnology, environmental science and other fields. He founded Savenia Labs after inventing the first ‘smart’ labeling system for appliance energy efficiency, reaching millions of consumers. His latest company is University Startups, an ed-tech learning platform for under served high school students.

Named Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 by the Maryland Clean Energy Center, his company Savenia was also named 2013 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year. In 2014, Savenia won two DOE SunShot Catalyst awards for Innovation and was named ‘Best For Environment’ by the non-profit B-Lab from 2015-2017.

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