5 founders talk Chicago tech’s biggest strengths — and weaknesses

By Andreas Rekdal, Built In Chicago

This week, Chicago played host to its second Venture Summit — an opportunity for the nation’s leading VCs to meet with fast-growing tech companies from Chicago and its surrounding regions.

The summit’s presenters ran the gamut of leaders in Chicago tech, from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and J.B. Pritzker to some of the city’s most promising young upstarts, including Motion AI, Inc., Learnmetrics and Xaptum — which announced a new $2.2 million seed round from the presentation stage.

This year, the conference is highlighting 90 companies, who have been meeting with attending VCs from 147 firms from across the nation over the course of the past two days.