Chicago Ventures has a network of strong Midwest business and investment community leaders who are committed to contributing to the fund. We strive to make the region a lucrative area to start a business and close the Midwest capital gap.
Our advisors, partners, investment committee and friends strategically connect Chicago Ventures portfolio companies with their expansive and experienced networks, from local entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.
We believe that a strong community and a little good will enhances a company's chance for success. We make it a priority to create a network for our Chicago Ventures companies to share resources, best practices, and advice.
Five With: Aaron Dallek, CEO, Opternative
The founding story of Opternative is a serendipitous one. CEO Aaron Dallek, serial entrepreneur with a handful of tech startups already under his belt (his first was when he was 14), met his co-founder, Dr. Steven Lee, at a party – one that he decided to go to at the... Read More
Five With: Jason Felger, CEO, Food Genius
From spending time as a startup operator, investor and advisor, newly-named CEO of Food Genius Jason Felger can offer some sage advice for people on all sides of the startup game: “Whether you’re in the mode of still figuring it all out or scaling so fast you can hardly see... Read More
Unpacking our Investment in Luxury Garage Sale
When we first started surveying our network of millennial and professional women in Chicago, we were amazed to learn that the vast majority admitted to following Luxury Garage Sale on Instagram. Many more were familiar with the company’s founders Lindsay and Brielle, the brand’s personality, and the extraordinary, aspirational items... Read More
Luxury Garage Sale Raises $1.5m, Expands to Dallas
Lead Investors Include Chicago Ventures, Brian Spaly of Trunk Club, Paul Lee, and Lon Chow of Apex Venture Partners 2/17/15 — Chicago — Chicago-based fashion startup Luxury Garage Sale has raised $1.5 million in Series Seed funding led by Chicago Ventures and prominent angels including Brian Spaly & Elle Bruno of... Read More
Five With: Dan Olson, CEO, UpCity
Over nine years, Dan Olson watched his team of 20 at Performics grow to join a group of 40,000 after its acquisition by Publicis. During his time at Performics, one of the early companies focusing on PPC, SEO, and affiliate, Dan worked with enterprise customers like Kohl’s, Target and HP... Read More