Incubators and Early Stage Investors

Lightbank.com
Lightbank funds early-stage ideas that leverage technology to disrupt business processes and remake high-groth industries in large addressable markets. Their portfolio included Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, Where I've Been, and Sprout Social.

Excelerate Labs
Whether from business plan to demo, prototype to market, or breaking into profitability, Excelerate’s immersive 13-week program connects talented founding teams with the mentors, customers, and investors they need to build the great companies of tomorrow.

Sandbox Industries
The Sandbox Industries Incubator is in the business of creating, developing and investing in new businesses. Sandbox employs a comprehensive business development process that takes new businesses from conception to successful operation and liquidity.

SYNC Technology Center
SYNC Technology Center (the SYNC) is an 18,000 square foot high-tech facility that offers a fully wired workspace with on-site access to business and business growth resources. Their Syncubator Fund is a unique technology incubator and investment fund where entrepreneurs and innovators can develop and grow their ideas into successful businesses.

TechNexus
TechNexus is a multipurpose 'clubhouse' for the Illinois technology community. With more than 2,000 technology executives and entrepreneurs using the space each month, and home to 25 growing companies, Chicago's TechNexus is a collaborative setting for the technology community to connect and build business.

New World Ventures
New World Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm actively investing on behalf of Pritzker family interests in privately-held technology and telecommunications companies where innovation and experience are combined in taking advantage of unique market opportunities.

Apex Venture Partners
Apex Venture Partners, established in 1987, is one of the oldest venture capital firms in Mid-America. The firm has invested in over 150 companies throughout the United States, focusing on technology-enabled services (consumer & business), information technology, and clean technology sectors.

IllinoisVENTURES
IllinoisVENTURES is a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, life sciences and clean technology.

Arch Venture Partners
ARCH Venture Partners is a premier provider of seed and early stage venture capital for technology firms, with a special expertise in co-founding and building technology firms from startup.

Duchossois Technology Partners
DTEC is a venture capital firm investing in early, mid, and growth stages of high potential technology companies. Founded in 1998, DTEC has invested in over two dozen entrepeneurial management teams, focusing on information technology, communications, semiconductors, and software.

OCA Ventures
OCA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses.

Edgewater Funds
Edgewater Funds is a premier private equity firm. Through Edgewater Growth Capital Partners the company provides capital and experience to profitable growth businesses run by outstanding management teams.

Microsoft BizSpark
Helps startups by providing software development tools, connections with incubators and investors, training, technical support and other developer resources, and marketing exposure to investors, customers, partners and press.

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