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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.


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.


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.


March 8, 2019


Chicago Ventures Fund II


Funded Companies



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Mary Ann Azevedo
March 1, 2021
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 already put to work. Chicago Ventures (which [...]
Matt Burns
August 25, 2020
Chicago has a long history of creating industry-leading companies and it doesn't seem COVID-19 is slowing down the city. TechCrunch surveyed Chicago venture capitalists who remain optimistic despite the current crisis. COVID-19 could be good for Chicago, they told TechCrunch throughout their survey responses. It's clear from the responses below investors in Chicago are interested [...]
Katherine Davis
August 13, 2020
New data shows that Chicago's venture capital industry is slowly diversifying, with more women and people of color working at local firms.
Katherine Davis
June 30, 2020
When the workday began on Monday, June 1, the world felt completely different to most. Chicago and several cities around the country had just experienced a weekend of protests following the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, becoming the latest example of police brutality that disproportionately affects Black and Brown people. With the coronavirus still ongoing, the country had yet another crisis to face, and the turmoil was weighing heavy on Feyi Olopade Ayodele, the founder and CEO of Chicago startup CancerIQ. "As a Black founder, it's actually been a lot harder to even find the words or quickly put out a statement about what we're doing to respond to this," Olopade Ayodele said. "I'm a Black founder but I'm also a Black , who's felt really hurt by everything that's going on in the world." Amid the death of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed Black people at the hands of police, there is a reignited conversation flowing through America around
Catherine Shu
February 24, 2020
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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