Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs in the Central US.

Company Overview

Chicago Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm that is based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm primarily invests in the technology, healthcare IT, media and education products and services, consumer web and mobile sectors. It was founded in 2013.

History

Chicago Ventures was founded in 2013 by Stuart Larkins and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Ventures invests in 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.

Investments

Chicago Ventures has made 121 investments. On Mar 8, 2019, when they invested $12.5M in HealthJoy. Chicago Ventures has raised a total of $106M across 2 funds, one of them being Chicago Ventures Fund II. This fund was announced on Oct 31, 2016, and raised a total of $66M.

Chicago Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in seed/startups investments. The firm primarily invests in the following sectors: technology-enabled products and services; published electronic materials; water purification; web broadcasts and cybercasts; new media; software; sales and marketing SaaS; healthcare IT; education products and services; consumer and retail products; clean technology; life sciences; e-commerce, B2B2C, nanotechnology, consumer web, and mobile. It primarily invests in companies based in the Central region of United States, Greater Midwest region, Austin, Madison, Denver, and Illinois with a focus on Chicago or those that are willing to relocate to Illinois.

Timeline

March 8, 2019

HealthJoy

$12.5M.

2016

Chicago Ventures Fund II

$66M.

Funded Companies

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An insurance technology company offering home insurance.

Havenly is a Denver-based company founded by Lee Mayer.

data.world is an Austin, Texas-based company founded by Jon Loyens, Bryon Jacob and Matt Laessig.

Wise Apple is a Chicago-based company founded by Nathan Cooper, Josh Evnin and Rebecca Sholiton.

infinite io is an Austin, Texas-based company founded by Jay Rolette.

HealthJoy is a Chicago-based employee benefits company.

Project 44 is a Chicago-based company.

eRelevance Corporation is an Austin, Texas-based company.

m.Labs is a Madison, Wisconsin-based company.

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Catherine Shu
February 24, 2020
TechCrunch
HealthJoy, a platform designed to make it easier for employees to use their healthcare benefits, has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Health Velocity Capital. Returning investors also participated, including U.S. Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, Epic Ventures, Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones. This brings HealthJoy's total funding so far to $53 million. [...]

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