Equity Group Investments is a Chicago based venture capital firm investing in startups in multiple industries. Samuel Zell founded the company in 1968 as a private investment firm investing in the real-estate industry. It uses an open investment strategy that enables it to invest in debt or equity of any public or private industry in any stage of the development. The firm focuses on energy, manufacturing, logistics, media, waste, infrastructure, information technology, communications, healthcare and real estate. As of December 2019, the company has made 68 investments with 47 exits.