Chicago Venture Summit 2014

A Look Back

The Chicago Venture Summit was a remarkable event built to showcase the growth, depth and diversity of the region’s booming tech sector. Designed to highlight awareness and visibility among the nation’s most influential venture investors, the Chicago Venture Summit succeeded in bringing high-profile VCs and institutional investors from the coasts and across the Midwest.

Who Was In Attendance

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323 individuals attended the Chicago Venture Summit

Individual in Attendance

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53% of firms represented were from outside IL; 31% from the East/West Coasts

Firms in Attendance

Attendees

The following venture firms in the country were represented

West Coast

  • Bullpen Capital
  • Canaan Ventures
  • CISCO Investments
  • Colony Capital
  • Comcast Ventures
  • Divergent Ventures (WA)
  • DOCOMO Innovations
  • GGV Capital
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Greycroft Partners
  • Kauffman Fellows Program
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • LG Electronics
  • March Capital Partners
  • McDonald’s
  • Scale Venture Partners
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Toba Capital
  • TriNet
  • Upfront Ventures
  • US Venture Partners
  • Zetta Venture Partners

East Coast

  • Alpha Venture Partners
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Bain Capital Ventures
  • Battery Ventures
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Birchmere Partners
  • Edison Partners
  • Fortis Partners
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Grotech Ventures
  • JMI Equity
  • Revolution
  • Rocketship Capital
  • RRE Ventures
  • Sigma Prime Ventures
  • Simon Venture Group
  • TigerLabs Ventures
  • Towers Watson Partners

Midwest

  • Allos Ventures
  • Beringea
  • BIZDOM
  • Detroit Innovate
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Huron River Ventures
  • Open Prairie Ventures
  • Plymouth Ventures
  • Resonant Venture Partners
  • Runaway Bay Ventures
  • Vilicus Ventures
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Flyover Capital
  • Invest Midwest
  • Arthur Ventures
  • Dundee Venture Capital
  • CincyTech
  • River Cities Capital Funds
  • West Capital Advisors
  • American Family Ventures
  • Capital Midwest
  • CSA Partners
  • gener8tor
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

South

  • Cambridge Display Technology
  • Fraser McCombs Capital
  • Mercury Fund
  • SSM Partners
  • Syngenta Ventures
  • TrueBridge Capital Partners

Alumni Highlights

The successful event fortified Chicago as a desirable location to make deals that will help the region’s emerging tech companies attract the financial resources needed for their next phase of growth.

Total Amount Raised By Alumni
$220.87 M
Participating Companies Receiving Investment
23
Percentage of Participating Companies That Have Received Funding
77%

Top 5 Companies for Investment

Raised post event ($M)

$32.00

Shiftgig

$24.00

ParkWhiz

$23.50

Geofeedia

$20.00

Spothero

$18.50

Zipnosis

$17.92

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