Chicago Venture Summit - October 2-3, 2018

Connecting Chicago Entrepreneurs with Venture Funding


The annual Chicago Venture Summit on October 2-3, 2018 is hosted by influential venture capitalists and angel investors from across the country to connect with high-potential growth companies. The Summit attracts investors by providing exclusive networking opportunities with Chicago’s Fortune 500 leadership, its local investor community, and influencers in the burgeoning innovation ecosystem. Find out more at the Chicago Venture Summit website.  

2018 Highlights

Chicago surpasses every other city in the nation—including the Bay Area—in one important metric that is key to VCs: return on investment (ROI). According to PitchBook, nearly half of Chicago investments (45%) have provided a 10x ROI, compared to 25% of investments in the Bay.



Chicago companies with investors around the country on an annual basis


upon the Summit's success to design future Summits


325 attendees; 54% of venture firms from outside Illinois
Over half of the 30 presented startups have raised a combined total of over $116.85M
2014 sponsors included Pritzker Group Venture Capital, JPMorgan Chase, CME Group, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, William Blair, Goldman Sachs,and Microsoft


Chicago Ventures | Goldman Sachs |Hyde Park Venture Partners| JPMorgan Chase | Lightbank | Origin Ventures | Pritzker Group | Silicon Valley Bank | William Blair | Burson-Marstellar | Clique Studios | Freshwater Advisers |Illinois Venture Capital Association

Strategic Alignment

Support Emerging & Mature