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.
Pluto TV Raises $13 Million in Series A Funding Led by U.S. Venture Partners
11/20/2014 — Company Adds Ross Levinsohn, Ken Parks and Stephane Kurgan as Company Advisors Los Angeles – Pluto TV, a video platform that allows viewers to watch the most entertaining online and traditional content in one place, today announced it has closed a $13 million Series A financing led by USVP... Read More
Overdog closes on $1.8mm fundraise, set to launch matchmaking app as first start-up on Xbox One
11/20/2014 — Nashville, TN — Overdog, Inc, today announced that it has closed a $1.8 million round of financing, which was co-led by Boston-based Atlas Venture and Chicago Ventures. The round also includes Zynga Founder, Mark Pincus, and Machinima Founder, Allen Debevoise, along with United Talent Agency, Mountain Group Capital and... Read More
Five With: Marc Halpin, CEO, Kapow Events
“Chaotic,” “big,” and “ripe for disruption” were three key characteristics on Marc Halpin’s checklist when debating in what vertical to launch a business. And he knew that the events industry, a typically non-technical one, not only hit all of those marks, but also sorely needed to become more technologically savvy.... Read More
Retrofit Corporate Weight Loss Accelerates Growth; Taps Leading Health and Wellness Veteran Mary Pigatti as CEO
11/17/2014 — CHICAGO – Retrofit, the outcomes-driven weight loss program with real-time data reporting, announced today that it has named corporate wellness veteran Mary Pigatti as its Chief Executive Officer. Pigatti comes to Retrofit from Limeade, with more than 25 years of experience helping grow early stage companies into high-performance... Read More
Shiftgig Increases Its Momentum with $10M in Institutional Financing and Expansion of Leadership Team
11/14/2014 — Chicago, IL – Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables bartenders, servers and other industry shift workers to connect, find jobs and be entertained, announced today it has secured $10 million in its first institutional financing. The round was led by The Garland Funds with... Read More