Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures invests in well-managed seed-stage technology companies in Chicago and the Greater Midwest that have demonstrated a value proposition in a given market for their product or services. We invest in tech-enabled businesses with each initial investment, generally into a seed round, ranging from $750K – $1M. We invest in both enterprise and consumer businesses — with investments in analytics, B2B2C, sales and marketing SaaS, payments/loyalty, healthcare IT, and marketplace/on-demand services.

We understand that entrepreneurs need varying levels of guidance from their investors. While we can’t speak for ourselves, the companies we invest in tell us that our ability to resonate with them as entrepreneurs — and connect with them as people — is an added bonus to our operator backgrounds and network of investors and advisors, customers, talent, and later-stage investors.

TypeInvestor
HQChicago, IL, US
Founded2012
Websitechicagoventures.com
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
Chicago Ventures was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, US
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Key People/Management at Chicago Ventures

Stuart Larkins

Stuart Larkins

Partner
Rob Chesney

Rob Chesney

Partner
Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Partner
Peter Christman

Peter Christman

Partner
Jackie Dimonte

Jackie Dimonte

Partner
Lindsay Knight

Lindsay Knight

Partner
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Chicago Ventures Office Locations

Chicago Ventures has an office in Chicago
Chicago, IL, US (HQ)
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
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Chicago Ventures News and Updates

Chicago Ventures raises $63M to back seed-stage startups located anywhere but Silicon Valley

Buzzy mega-rounds and high-profile IPOs often dominate headlines. But many of those companies were once early-stage and scrapping to raise a seed round. Today, Chicago Ventures, a VC firm that often leads seed-stage rounds, announced the close of its third fund — a $63 million vehicle that it’s alre…

Chicago Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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Chicago Ventures Blogs

From MBA Intern to EIR: Creating a Career Path in VC

Written by Emma Lawler, our new EIR. Read ‘How working in VC has make me a better entrepreneur’ on her Substack here.  A career in venture capital is an entrepreneurial winding path. Read more… The post From MBA Intern to EIR: Creating a Career Path in VC appeared first on Chicago Ventures.

Vancouver based Olive chooses Chicago as the base for US expansion

Originally posted on the Olive company blog by Chris Heard, Founder and CEO at Olive. We have been blessed at Olive with a growth trajectory showing no signs of slowing down and our position as the leading software selection platform for consultants and IT leaders is becoming solidified. Read more… …

#NowHiring: Social and Communications Contractor

Hello 👋 , we’re Chicago Ventures, a venture capital firm that leads investment in early-stage startups (you may recognize companies in our portfolio like Cameo, project44, SpotHero and G2). We’re hiring a part-time Social and Communications Contractor to work alongside our Partner Lindsay Knight. R…

Unveiling Protégé: Be heard. Get discovered.

Talent is distributed globally, but opportunity is not. (This is a post written by the company founders: the original can be found on the Protégé website here.) The reality of life is that we are all born into a lottery of where we grow up, Read more… The post Unveiling Protégé: Be heard. Get disco…

LandscapeHub announces $9 million in Series A funding to expand its national footprint

A Klaff Realty, LP Affiliate and Hyde Park Venture Partners co-led the round with new funding from Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, Concentric Equity Partners, Read more… The post LandscapeHub announces $9 million in Series A funding to expand its national footprint appeared first on Chicago V…

Help Wanted: CV is hiring an analyst

Chicago Ventures invests in early-stage enterprise and consumer software companies in the middle of the country. We believe innovation is unbounded by geography. Structural conditions like higher concentrations of talent and customers are accelerating the rise of non-coastal markets. Read more… The …
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Chicago Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Chicago Ventures founded?

    Chicago Ventures was founded in 2012.

  • Who are Chicago Ventures key executives?

    Chicago Ventures's key executives are Stuart Larkins, Rob Chesney and Kevin Willer.

  • Where is Chicago Ventures headquarters?

    Chicago Ventures headquarters is located at 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago.

  • Where are Chicago Ventures offices?

    Chicago Ventures has an office in Chicago.

  • How many offices does Chicago Ventures have?

    Chicago Ventures has 1 office.