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General Information


Fund I, 6/2013 $40M


222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 1212
Chicago, IL, 60654


Co - Founder & Partner
Senior Associate
Senior Associate
Marketing Associate


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. The fund looks to make initial investments ranging from $250,000 to $1 million in each company.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
TrackIF 4/2014Debt$3M5
Opternative 2/2014Seed$1M11
Dónde 2/2014Seed$1M5
Rocketmiles 1/2014Series A$6.5M6
MdotLabs 11/2013Series A$1.25M3
Catalyze 11/2013Series A$2.03M6
Spring 11/2013Seed$2.3M1
BloomNation 10/2013Seed$1.65M5
TempoDB 10/2013Series A$3.2M4
Zipments 9/2013Seed$2.25M5
Curbside 9/2013Seed$1.5M6
Food Genius 8/2013Series A$1.2M7
FindIt 8/2013Seed$1M1
Blitsy 7/2013Seed$1.01M6
healthfinch 5/2013Seed$750k1
Pangea 5/2013Seed$1M8
UpCity 1/2013Series B$2M3
Kapow Events 12/2012Series A$1.6M3
Retrofit 11/2012Series A$8M5
Cartavi 11/2012Seed$1.23M2
Shiftgig 11/2012Series A$3M4
Picturelife 11/2012Series A$4M10
Kapow Events 6/2012Venture Round$700k5
AgLocal 5/2012Seed$1.5M2
SimpleRelevance 3/2012Seed$400k2
Betterfly 2/2012Series A$1.5M2
Power2Switch 12/2011Venture Round$1.3M4



  1. Chicago Ventures Raises $40 Million and Welcomes Kevin Willer as Partner ( [edit]
  2. TrackIf Raises $3M in Debt Funding ( [edit]
  3. Opternative Is The First Online Eye Exam That Writes You A Prescription ( [edit]
  4. Dónde Raises A Million For A Smarter Mobile Store Locator That Tells You Where Products Are Located ( [edit]
  5. Rocketmiles, A Service That Lets You Earn Airline Miles For Hotel Stays, Raises $6.5M Series A ( [edit]
  6. MdotLabs Closes $1.25M First Funding ( [edit]
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  9. BloomNation, A Platform For Local Florists, Raises $1.65M From Andreessen Horowitz & Others ( [edit]
  10. TempoDB Raises $3.2M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  11. Zipments Closes $2.25 Million Seed Round To Speed Up Same-Day Deliveries ( [edit]
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  15. Blitsy Raises $1M in Funding ( [edit]
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  17. Built In Chicago ( [edit]
  18. Diyseo Rebrands as UpCity, Picks Up $2M Second Round ( [edit]
  19. Kapow Events Closes $900K in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  20. Another Win For Quantified Self And Big Data Startups: Weight Loss Platform Retrofit Gains An $8M Series A Round Led By DFJ ( [edit]
  21. SEC ( [edit]
  22. Chicago-Based Startup Shiftgig Secures $3M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  23. OMGPOP Founder Charles Forman Raises $4M For Picturelife, An App For Backing Up Your Photos In The Cloud ( [edit]
  24. Kapow Events Completes $700K Financing ( [edit]
  25. 7 Startups Launch Out Of NewMe Accelerator’s Spring 2012 Demo Day [TCTV] ( [edit]
  26. Investors come calling at 1871 ( [edit]
  27. Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO ( [edit]
  28. Power2Switch Raises $1.3M in Funding ( [edit]
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