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

Morsel Debuts Showcasing Creative Talents of Influential Chefs, as well as Brilliant Up-and-Comers of the Culinary World
10/7/2014 — The company, also announcing a venture capital investment, empowers professional and avocational cooks, mixologists and sommeliers to share stories, techniques and hacks of their craft online “Morsel gets to the heart of what makes every chef unique.” Paul Kahan, James Beard award- winning chef “Morsel takes the conversation... Read More Raises $5.55 Million in Series A Funding from Top Investors Ronny Conway, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital and Chicago Ventures
10/7/2014 — (Santa Monica, CA, October 7, 2014), the world’s largest online marketplace for hand-crafted, locally delivered flowers, today announced it has raised $5.55 million to close its Series A financing led by Ronny Conway, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, Chicago Ventures and Mucker Capital. BloomNation is disrupting the $34 billion... Read More

Curbside Launches New Way for Shoppers to Find, Buy and Pick Up Products at Local Stores Including Target
10/6/2014 — New Company Also Announces $9.5M in Funding from Index Ventures, Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Others Palo Alto, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Curbside, a new company reinventing the local shopping experience, launched the Curbside mobile commerce app today available for... Read More

Five With: Erik Severinghaus, Founder/CEO, SimpleRelevance
Erik Severinghaus is a 2x Ironman triathlete, an avid mountain climber and skier, and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Business — but he also spends a lot of time thinking about the intersection of machine learning and digital marketing. As part of the founding team of iContact, an... Read More

Five With: Ross Petersen, CEO, Co-Founder, Blitsy
Ross Petersen knows the crafting business. After selling his first startup to Michaels and being brought in-house by the company, he became frustrated by the fact that the big dog in the industry sold exactly zero products online, relying on only brick and mortar stores to bring in $4.6 billion... Read More

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