A Guide to Chicago Funding Sources (Venture Capitalists, Accelerators, Angel Groups, etc.)

Chicago's most active venture capitalists

This list is roughly in order of active-ness by stage. Reach out if I’m missing someone.

Pre-seed (<$1.5M round)

Seed ($1.5M - $3M)

  • Hyde Park Angels

  • Chicago Ventures

  • Hyde Park Venture Partners

  • Pritzker Group

  • BUILDERS VC

  • TechNexus (VC for multiple corporate partners; audio, aviation, mining)

  • Origin Ventures

  • Starting Line

  • Corazon Capital

  • Math Venture Partners

  • Listen Ventures (Consumer)

  • Network Ventures

  • Moderne Ventures

  • Lightbank

  • IrishAngels (No longer has Notre Dame affiliation requirement)

  • Impact Engine (Social impact requirement)

  • Guild Capital

  • OCA Ventures

  • HBS Angels

  • Wintrust Ventures (Corp VC)

  • Wasson Enterprise (Family Office)

  • Breaktout Capital

  • Bluestein & Associates

  • MK Capital

  • The following invest in Chicago but are headquartered outside Illinois

    • Revolution - Rise of the Rest (DC based)

    • Dundee Ventures (Omaha based)

    • High Alpha Capital (Indianapolis based)

    • Service Provider Capital (Golden, CO based)

    • Grand Ventures (Grand Rapids based)

    • Drive Capital (Columbus based)

Series A and up ($3M+)

  • Pritzker Group

  • Chicago Ventures

  • ARCH Venture Partners (Life sciences & advanced tech)

  • BUILDERS VC

  • First Analysis

  • Origin Ventures

  • Cultivian Sandbox

    • Sandbox (Blue Cross Blue Shield; Healthcare )

    • Cultivian (Agtech)

  • Nine Four (Real Estate)

  • Jump Capital (Corp VC; Fintech, blockchain)

  • DRW/Cumberland Mining (Corp VC; Fintech, Blockchain)

  • Energize Ventures (formerly Invenergy Future Fund; Series B & C; Energy)

  • IrishAngels Ventures (No Notre Dame affiliation requirement)

  • Victory Park Capital (Debt and specialty finance)

  • Allstate Strategic Ventures (Corp VC, Insurtech)

  • Adams Street Capital

  • Valor Equity

  • Cleveland Avenue (CPG food)

  • Chaifetz Group (Family Office)

  • G-bar (Family Office; Primarily Fintech)

  • Apex Ventures

  • Baird Capital (Series B only)

  • Duchossois Technology Partners (Family Office)