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Chicago Venture Summit 2016

The 2016 Chicago Venture Summit hosted over 400 attendees including over 150 venture firms in attendance, 30% of which were from outside the Midwest, all together representing over $20B in capital. The Summit spotlighted what makes the region’s tech ecosystem unique, and how its leaders are committed to fostering innovation and talent. Key themes of the day included the unique qualities of our successful local entrepreneurs, the important role our powerhouse universities play in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, the significance of our large and diverse industry base, and the role that family-run investment offices and other forms of “quiet capital” can play in the investment community. The nearly 50 speakers, panelists, presenters and moderators made clear the distinct and valuable characteristics of Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest demonstrating the supportive network, diverse economy, and excitement around growing the tech ecosystem. The Venture Summit also provided an opportunity for the community’s most committed partners to introduce some of the early stage startups they are helping to support.

Who Was In Attendance

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348 were from Illinois (83.3%) | 70 Were National (16.7%)

Individual in Attendance

Firms

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56.8% of firms outside of Illinois | 21.1% from East/West Coats

Firms in Attendance

2016 Attendees

The following venture firms in the country were represented

West Coast

  • Access Venture Partners
  • KohFounder
  • Sapphire Ventures
  • Pivotal Capital Partners
  • DFJ Venture
  • Bain Capital Ventures
  • Beta Bridge Capital
  • G-Bar Ventures Management
  • Intel Capital
  • Fraser McCombs Capital
  • Graphene Ventures

East Coast

  • Alpha Venture Partners
  • Catalyst Investors
  • Edison Partners
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Greycroft
  • Grotech Ventures
  • Harvard Business School Angels
  • Insight Venture Partners
  • NEA
  • Warburg Pincus
  • JMI Equity
  • Ekistic Ventures
  • NewSpring Capital
  • Updata Partners

Midwest, Not Chicago:

  • American Family Ventures
  • Beringea
  • Bicknell Family Holding Company
  • Capital Midwest Fund
  • Caterpillar Ventures
  • IrishAngels
  • CoreNetwork Fund
  • Cultivation Capital
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Dundee Venture Capital
  • DVP
  • Flyover Capital Partners LLC
  • Huron River Ventures
  • Illinois State Treasurer
  • Invest Detroit Ventures
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • Mercury Fund
  • Michigan Venture Capital Association
  • Office of the City Treasurer
  • Tamarind Hill
  • The Garage at Northwestern
  • West Capital Advisors
  • Rocket Ventures
  • Plymouth Ventures
  • River Cities Capital Funds
  • Allos Ventures
  • Drive Capital
  • LionBird
  • Vilicus Ventures
  • Barnett Capital
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Chicago: 52 firms – 44.1%
  • Chicago Ventures
  • CME Group
  • CSA Partners
  • Hyde Park Angels
  • Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • Impact Engine
  • Lightbank
  • NextGen Venture Partners
  • Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • William Blair & Company
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Baird Capital
  • Baxter Ventures
  • Birdsong Ventures LLC
  • BNC Venture Capital Group
  • Catapult
  • E.L.K. Capital Advisors
  • Energy Foundry
  • First Analysis
  • Freshwater Advisers
  • GE Ventures
  • Harbor Street Ventures
  • IllinoisVENTURES
  • Invenergy
  • IVCA
  • Jump Capital
  • KDWC Ventures
  • Lakewest Venture Partners
  • Listen
  • M25 Group
  • MATH Venture Partners
  • Microsoft
  • MK Capital
  • Monroe Capital
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Network Ventures
  • OCA Ventures
  • Origin Ventures
  • Red Rocket Ventures
  • Romar Partners
  • Startup Foundry
  • Synetro Group
  • The Northern Trust Company
  • Tribal Ventures LLC
  • Vue Ventures
  • U.S. Cellular
  • VCapital
  • VestedWorld
  • Wasson Enterprise
  • Wintrust Ventures
  • z2m4 Advisors, Inc.

South

  • 7-Eleven Ventures
  • Austin Ventures
  • Duchossois Group
  • Escalate Capital
  • Noro-Moseley Partners
  • ORIX Ventures
  • SSM Partners
  • Connetic Ventures
  • Triangle Capital
  • Match Group

2016 By The Numbers

2016 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.

$81.14Million
Total Amount Raised By Alumni
20Companies
Participating Companies Receiving Investment

Top 5 Companies for Investment

$26M

4C Insights

$14M

Caremerge

$10.5M

Project 44

$10M

Procured Health

$5.5M

Red Wave Energy

Exits

Oso Technologies

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