Chicago Ventures brings to the table strong leaders from the Midwest's business and investment community who are committed to growing new companies in the Illinois region. The fund helps entrepreneurs in their quest to find the capital needed to take their business to the next level.


Chicago Ventures was co-founded and launched by many of Chicago’s most prominent business leaders and entities. They have invested in Chicago Ventures and are committed to helping Chicago Ventures’s portfolio companies with their collective expertise and networks.


A Chicago-based fund, Chicago Ventures is focused on entrepreneurs and companies founded in the Illinois region, or willing to relocate here in order to address the Midwest capital gap. Chicago Ventures brings together local investors who believe in the future of Midwest companies, creating jobs for the region's future.

Chicago Ventures News

TrackIf, the Web Awareness Engine, Raises $3 Million to Fuel Member Growth and to Launch Business and Advertising Solutions
4/3/2014 – Not just another price watching/comparison tool, TrackIf is an every-day personal web utility that keeps users aware of what they want online. MINNEAPOLIS, »

$1,000,001 In Funding for Opternative
2/26/2014 – Breakthrough Technology for Eye Care (Chicago, IL) - Opternative is pleased to announce it has received $1,000,001 in seed round funding. Opternative is developing the first online »

TakeLessons Acquires Betterfly, Becomes Nation’s Largest Online Marketplace for Lessons
2/5/2014 – SAN DIEGO, CA– San Diego-based TakeLessons (, an online marketplace that connects students of all ages with high quality, well-vetted instructors, today announced its »

Dónde Closes $1 Million in Seed Funding
2/5/2014 – Mercury Fund’s Blair Garrou, Chicago Venture’s Kevin Willer, and Rockfish CMO Dave Knox Join Board of Directors CINCINNATI – Dónde, Inc., a rising leader »

Rocketmiles Achieves Rocket Growth, Secures $6.5M in Series-A Financing to Simplify and Reward Travel Bookings
1/29/2014 – Company will use funds to accelerate customer acquisition and global expansion; adds Tripp Jones and Scott Hintz to the Board of Directors, and other »

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