Startup and Early-Stage Investor Organizations in Greater Chicago
- Arch Venture Partners archventure.com
Over 30 years, ARCH has backed disruptive science with as little as $50K and as much as $150M, per company. We are not interested in following the crowd. We are contrarian, bold, and imaginative risk takers. We follow the science to found companies based on revolutionary technologies that can impact people’s lives. We take a long-term view when building companies. That’s why we are flexible in our approach and will invest $50K to $150M in a single deal. Our extended network of partners helps us build companies through the formation stages and grow to their full potential.
Robert Nelsen, Co-Founder and Managing Director
- Chicago Venture Partners chicagoventure.com
Chicago Venture Partners is a private investment firm that provides capital to publicly traded entities through private transactions (PIPES) and pursues strategic acquisitions for its wholly owned businesses and other affiliated companies.
John Fife, Founder
- Duchossois Technology Partners dcmllc.com Duchossois Capital Management is a privately held, family-owned investment company that creates long-term value by applying the extensive industry knowledge, operational expertise, and permanent capital base developed over ten decades as a family business to a variety of investment opportunities.
Michael E Flannery, CEO
- Hyde Park Angels hydeparkangels.com
As we transform early-stage investing with a people-first approach, we provide unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. Our approach has led us to become the most active early-stage investors in the Midwest.
Pete Wilkins, Managing Director
- Hyde Park Venture Partners hydeparkvp.com
Our investment thesis is centered on funding early-stage technology companies in the Mid-Continent. We believe in the incredible potential of the Mid-Continent tech ecosystem, and we empower entrepreneurs to propel their proven ideas into commercial scalability.
Guy Turner, Managing Director
- Lightbank lightbank.com
Proudly claiming that we are unique in who we are based on where we are located – we are among the most active investors east of the west coast, and we think our Chicago/Midwest heritage is one of our great strengths. We’ve created an amazing technology hub around our headquarters in Chicago.
Eric Ong, Vice President
- MATH Venture Partners mathventurepartners.com
We are the proud partners of entrepreneurs. We are the champion, the cheerleader, the teacher, and the coach. We ask tough, challenging questions. Then, we use every skill, every tool, and every contact to help discover the best path forward. We offer a hand up when things are down, and we raise our glass when things go right.
Mark Achler, Managing Director
- MK Capital mkcapital.com
MK Capital is an established venture capital firm with offices in Chicago and Ann Arbor. MK Capital invests in companies at all stages of the funding lifecycle with a strong sector focus on software and cloud services. The MK Capital team aligns closely with entrepreneurs as a funding partner, a reliable mentor, and a valuable resource to build successful businesses.
Bret Maxwell, Managing General Partner
- OCA Ventures ocaventures.com
OCA Ventures is an early stage (Seed, Series A, and Series B) venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses. OCA invests in many industries, with a preference for technology, financial services, education and healthcare technology. Founded in 1999, the firm is investing out of its fourth fund in companies spread throughout the United States.
Jim Dugan, CEO and Managing Partner
- Origin Ventures originventures.com
We’ve seen firsthand how scaling without cultural values in place can sink a startup’s morale, culture, and productivity. As venture capitalists, we prefer to invest in startups that not only articulate their core values publicly, but uphold them. We felt we should hold ourselves to the same standards as we hold our companies. We express our values below.
Brent Hill, Managing Partner
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