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.

HQChicago, IL, US
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

Rob Chesney

Rob Chesney

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Jason Duboe

Jason Duboe

Founding Member & Advisor
Peter Christman

Peter Christman

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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…

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G2 Raises $157 Million in Series D Financing to Continue Accelerating Growth of the World’s Most Trusted Software Marketplace

Leading software review site now valued at over $1 billion, with over 1.3 million verified reviews and 2,000+ customers Chicago — June 22, 2021 — G2, the largest software marketplace, Read more… The post G2 Raises $157 Million in Series D Financing to Continue Accelerating Growth of the World’s Most…

project44 Closes $202M Series E Round Led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management – Valuing the Business at Over $1.2 Billion

The latest investment will fuel project44’s innovation and go-to-market expansion in China and across the globe Having successfully completed three acquisitions, project44 is strongly positioned to retain its leadership position and respond to the massive demand for transportation visibility and an…

CognitOps Raises $11M Series A Funding Led by FirstMark Capital and Announces New Austin, TX HQ

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CognitOps, a global provider of artificial intelligence-based warehouse operating applications, announces today that it has raised US$11 million in a Series A round of financing. FirstMark Capital led the investment round, Read more… The post CognitOps Raises $11M Serie…

Founding Team Spotlight: Ureeka

Written by Chris McKenzie Ureeka is a crowdsourcing, membership-based platform that taps into prominent business leaders, like Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to provide mentorship to entrepreneurs. Read more… The post Founding Team Spotlight: Ureeka appeared first on Chicago Ventures.

Digital Payments Platform AeroPay Raises $5+ Million Venture Round Led By Chicago Ventures Amid Rapid Growth

The funding will support recruiting new talent, continued growth in the cannabis industry, and building out additional features of the product CHICAGO, March 8, 2021  —  Read more… The post Digital Payments Platform AeroPay Raises $5+ Million Venture Round Led By Chicago Ventures Amid Rapid Growth a…

Announcing Chicago Ventures Fund III

CV raises $63M, promotes Peter Christman and Lindsay Knight to Partner, and hires Jackie DiMonte March 1, 2021 — We’re thrilled to report we’ve closed our third fund, Read more… The post Announcing Chicago Ventures Fund III appeared first on Chicago Ventures.
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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.