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Chicago Venture Summit 2017

The 2017 Chicago Venture Summit hosted over 450 attendees including over 125 investment firms in attendance, 20% of which were from outside the Midwest. The Summit highlighted many of the region’s most promising entrepreneurs as well as the rapidly growing community that supports them. Panel discussions focused on Chicago’s leading position in ROI for venture deals as well as the Midwest’s competitive advantage in B2B technologies. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Summit added a second day to the event and partnered with five of Chicago’s world-class Innovation Hubs. These leaders in Chicago’s tech community hosted a series of industry showcases that spotlighted innovations occurring in the Midwest in Fintech, Healthcare, Data Analytics, IoT, and more. The Summit also highlighted just how diverse the tech ecosystem is in the Midwest. Every startup spotlighted at the Summit included a female founder and every panel included a person of color. The Summit also provided an opportunity for the community’s most committed partners to network with investors from the rest of the nation.

Who Was In Attendance

Individuals

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377 were from Illinois (81.5%) | 86 Were National (18.5%)

Individual in Attendance

Firms

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62.4% of firms outside of Illinois | 17.3% from East/West Coats

Firms in Attendance

2017 Attendees

The following venture firms in the country were represented

West Coast

  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Delta-v Capital
  • K1 Investment Management
  • KohFounders
  • Northgate Capital
  • Pivotal Capital
  • Warburg Pincus LLC

East Coast

  • AGC Partners
  • Alpha Venture Partners
  • Catalyst Investors
  • Cowen and Company
  • Edison Partners
  • Greenspring Associates
  • Greycroft
  • Grotech Ventures
  • Insight Venture Partners
  • Noro-Moseley Partners
  • Radian Capital
  • Romulus Capital
  • Square 1 Bank
  • Touchdown Ventures
  • Updata Partners
  • Vista Equity Partners

Midwest

  • 4490 Ventures
  • American Family Ventures
  • Beringea
  • Bicknell Family Holding Company
  • Capital Midwest Fund
  • Charmides Capital
  • CoreNetwork Fund
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Dundee Venture Capital
  • High Alpha
  • Huron River Ventures
  • Invest Detroit Ventures
  • Invest Michigan
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Mercury Fund
  • Meridian Street Capital
  • Michigan Venture Capital Association
  • Monroe-Brown Seed Fund – U of M
  • Plymouth Growth Partners
  • Renassance Venture Capital Fund
  • River Cities Capital Funds
  • Vilicus Ventures

South

  • Elsewhere Partners
  • Schlumberger
  • SSM Partners

Illinois

  • 7wire Ventures
  • Abundant Venture Partners
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Agman Partners
  • Allstate Strategic Ventures
  • Alsop-Louie Partners
  • ARCH Venture Partners
  • Ares Management LP
  • Avocation Investments
  • Baird Capital
  • Bascom Ventures
  • Baxter Ventures
  • Birdsong Ventures
  • Bluestein & Associates
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Builders VC
  • Caterpillar Ventures
  • Chicago Ventures
  • CJM Ventures
  • Cleveland Avenue
  • CME Ventures
  • DRW Venture Capital
  • Energy Foundry
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Analysis
  • Founder Equity
  • Fraser McCombs Capital
  • G-Bar Ventures LLC
  • G2 Ventures
  • GE Ventures
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Harbor Street Ventures
  • Harvard Business School Angels Chicago
  • Hyde Park Angels
  • Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • IllinoisVENTURES
  • Impact Engine
  • Invenergy Future Fund
  • IrishAngels
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jump Capital
  • Lakewest Venture Partners
  • Levy Family Partners
  • Lightbank
  • LionBird Ventures
  • Listen Ventures
  • M25
  • Machrie Enterprises
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
  • MATH Venture Partners
  • Method Capital
  • MK Capital
  • MNML Ventures
  • Moderne Ventures
  • Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
  • Nameless Ventures
  • OCA Ventures
  • Origin Ventures
  • Pritzker Group
  • PSP Capital Partners
  • Purple Arch Ventures
  • Romar Partners
  • Rose Investors LLC
  • Sandalphon Capital
  • Sandbox Industries
  • SAP Fieldglass
  • Service Provider Capital
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Synchrony Financial
  • Synetro Group
  • TechNexus
  • The PrivateBank
  • Triangle Capital
  • Tribal Ventures LLC
  • TriNet
  • Tyson New Ventures
  • U.S. Cellular
  • Vue Capital
  • Wanxiang Healthcare Investments
  • West Capital Advisors
  • West Loop Ventures
  • William Blair
  • Wintrust Ventures

2017 BY THE NUMBERS

2017 Highlights

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100% of Spotlights Featured a Female Founder

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