Chicago Venture Summit - September 28-29, 2021

Connecting Chicago Entrepreneurs with Venture Funding


The annual Chicago Venture Summit is the city’s flagship venture capital conference and one of the largest venture events in the Midwest. More than 400 local, regional, national and international investors will come to Chicago on September 28 – 29, 2021 to connect with the city’s most promising startups and industry leaders. 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's VC ecosystem with tech investors across the country and around the world


Chicago’s most promising entrepreneurs with ambitious plans to scale and grow


Chicago’s growing and dynamic VC and startup ecosystem

Summit 2018 Accomplishments

155 investment firms attended: 1/3 from Chicago, 1/3 from the Midwest, and 1/3 from across the United States
Showcased 108 Chicago and Midwest-based startups
2018 lead sponsors included Google, J.P. Morgan and William Blair


Chicago Ventures | Jump Capital |Hyde Park Venture Partners| J.P. Morgan | Lightbank | Outlier Ventures | Pritzker Group | Google | William Blair | Hyde Park Angels | mHUB | Polsky Center at the University of Chicago | FinTank | TechNexus | MATTER | 1871 | Cleveland Avenue