2018 Agenda
About the Chicago Venture Summit

Established in 2014, the Chicago Venture Summit highlights Chicago as a leading, global technology hub for investment, entrepreneurship and innovation. Hosted by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago’s council of technology leaders, the summit offers investors one-on-one access to entrepreneurs, emerging companies and leaders of Fortune 500 firms in Chicago.


The Chicago Venture Summit curates unique networking opportunities among Chicago’s tech leaders, local investors, and the influencers of the city’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem. The programming will highlight emerging technology companies and financing opportunities, and attendees will get an inside look at how prominent VCs assess investment opportunities, learn the strategies of corporate venture funds ,and hear how Chicago’s universities are developing some of tomorrow’s top entrepreneurs and innovators.

About ChicagoNEXT:

ChicagoNEXT leads World Business Chicago’s dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s tech economy through a portfolio of initiatives and programs governed by a council of technology leaders. With the mission to grow Chicago’s vibrant tech ecosystem, ChicagoNEXT strategic focus areas include industry, talent, capital, and community. ChicagoNEXT also champions a vision for inclusive entrepreneurship, striving for involvement of all entrepreneurs – particularly those in underrepresented communities – in order to create stronger communities, close the opportunity gap, and scale creative solutions to persistent citywide problems. In addition to the Chicago Venture Summit, some of ChicagoNEXT’s key initiatives include the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge, ThinkChicago and additional special projects to support growth in fintech and cybersecurity.

About World Business Chicago:

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

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