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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.


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Chicago Ventures News

eRelevance Corporation Closes $4.5M Series A Funding
Capital will be used to drive top line growth. 3/31/2016 — AUSTIN, TX — eRelevance Corporation (, announced today that it has closed its Series A round of funding totaling $4.5M. Prior to this funding eRelevance raised $4.1M in seed capital, bringing its total capital raised to $8.6M since inception in... Read More

Havenly Announces Additional $5.8M Series A2 Funding, Reveals Explosive Growth
With $13.3M raised to date, Havenly will expand its team by 25% to change the future of interior design 3/29/16 — Denver — Havenly (, the national online interior design platform that makes redecorating affordable and simple, today announced it has raised an additional $5.8 Million Series A2 round of funding... Read More

Opternative Raises $6M Series A, Funding Expansion Of Online Eye Exams In The US
2/18/2016 — Chicago – O​pternative Inc. today announced that it has closed a $6M Series A financing round led by Jump Capital, funding future expansion of its online refractive eye exam service in the U.S. Also participating in this round are Tribeca Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures, Craig... Read More

Fast-Growing Blitsy Gains Largest Investor To Date With German Media Giant Burda
Chicago Native E-Commerce Company to Continue Worldwide Expansion 1/25/2016 — Chicago —  The Germany-based media group Hubert Burda Media has led the $6.2 million Series B round of funding for the online arts and crafts hub Blitsy. In addition to Burda, existing investors Greycroft Partners, Data Point Capital and Chicago Ventures... Read More

Welcome Student Fellows Class of 2016
We’re kicking off the new year with one of our favorite initiatives here at CV — our Student Fellows program. Launched by our Senior Associate Ezra Galston three years ago, we seek out the most entrepreneurial, curious and bright students in young ecosystems all over the Midwest — from Omaha to Cincinnati to... Read More

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