Capital Partners

Our capital partners provide equity and debt investments across range of sectors, sizes and funding series.

Bridge Bank

Bridge Bank

Bridge Bank, founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, offers a better way to bank for venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies. We can assist with introductions to investors (for pre-seed, seed, Series A and later rounds). Our firm also offers strategic tips on fundraising, alternative financing options including venture debt, advice on typical deal terms for venture debt, A/R lines of credit, recurring revenue lines of credit, and a full suite of professional banking services for startups.

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Chicago Atlantic Group

Chicago Atlantic Group

A creative private credit investment firm founded to deliver flexible financing solutions to underserved niches of the market. We provide financing solutions, generally collateralized, ranging from $500,000 to $20 million, with syndication capabilities up to $150 million.

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Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures

Chicago Ventures is a seed stage venture capital firm that invests in tech-enabled startups in Chicago and the Central region of the country. As former operators engaged in the Chicago community, the team taps this experience, along with its network of advisors and investors, to help its portfolio companies operate, execute and scale, hire the right talent, and connect with customers.

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Cultivation Capital

Cultivation Capital

Founded in 2012 by successful Midwest entrepreneurs, Cultivation Capital focuses on undercapitalized markets and industry segments that are often ignored by traditional investors both at home and abroad. From their offices in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, Cultivation manages a family of early-stage venture capital funds investing in software, life sciences/digital health, and agri/food tech. They have backed over 100 startups, with initial investment sizes ranging from $100k – $3.5M.

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Green Ivy Capital

Green Ivy Capital

Green Ivy is an experienced specialty finance company that provides customized financing solutions to the cannabis, hemp, and related industries in the U.S. and Canada. We offer term loans from $500,000 to $10 million with syndication capabilities up to $75 million.

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Hyde Park Angels

Hyde Park Angels

As HPA transforms early-stage investing with a people-first approach, it provides unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. HPA’s approach has led it to become the most active early-stage investor in the Midwest.

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Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on high-growth, mid-continent technology startups. We seek companies with an exceptional founding team and fast-growth potential, looking to raise a first or second round of capital. With offices in Chicago and Indianapolis, our team is tenacious, responsive, and committed to adding value to each investment.

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Lightbank

Lightbank

Lightbank is an early stage technology venture fund based in Chicago started by the co-founders of Groupon, Tempus, Uptake, Echo Logistics, Mediaocean and Innerworkings. Lightbank typically invests $500K – $1.5M in a company’s first institutional round (pre-seed / seed) in a variety of industries. Notable portfolio companies include Sprout Social, Boom Udemy, Fiverr, Reverb, Snapsheet, Sprout Social, Tempus and Uptake. Lightbank focuses on backing entrepreneurs that we can work with to execute and scale their companies.

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M25

M25

M25 is a Chicago based VC firm investing in Pre-Seed and Seed stage, tech-enabled startups headquartered across 14 Midwest states in any industry except life science/pharma nor vices (alcohol, tobacco, etc). We are one of the most active in the region having invested in 90+ startups in the last 5 years; we lead rounds, co-invest, and participate with check sizes from $250K – $500K; and our initial ownership target is 5-10%. Our main value add is our expansive network and thriving on collaboration including introducing our founders to fantastic investors, syndicating deals, encouraging fair terms as a best practice, and prioritizing relationships.

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MATH Venture Partners

MATH Venture Partners

MATH Ventures believes companies that have an unfair advantage in customer acquisition will outperform. This advantage is usually inherent in the business model – leveraged sales, channel partners, compliance triggers, network effects, expansion opportunities or some other element creating urgency in the market. MATH’s investments are sized between $1-2 million, with reserves of 1-2x of the initial investment. They also make seed-stage investments of $100,000 when the team is still searching for product-market fit and/or a scalable customer acquisition model.

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New Stack Ventures

New Stack Ventures

New Stack Ventures is an early-stage venture firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm partners with early seed stage startups, investing $500k+ from a fund and the largest Angel Syndicate in the Midwest — a group that includes 1000+ angels and family offices.

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Perfect Balance Investments

Perfect Balance Investments

Perfect Balance Investments is a group of experienced investors, businessmen, lawyers, and financial advisers that look to invest in and actively help small businesses scale and exit. Once we invest we prefer to take an active role to help introduce companies to strategic resources to improve the business, grow the revenues, introduce the companies to future investors and advise the companies. Investments usually range from $25,000 to $1,000,000+ for equity positions with large financing available for debt structures.

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Propellant Ventures

Propellant Ventures

Propellant Ventures is a venture capital firm that boldly invests in innovative early stage companies that are building disruptive solutions to power the future. We invest across multiple industries in the underserved regions of the Midwest and South / Southeast.

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Service Provider Capital

Service Provider Capital

Service Provider Capital is an early stage venture fund whose partners and LPs are the most knowledgeable and best connected service providers in the industry. Our Midwest fund, based in Chicago, co-invests in Seed or Series A rounds led by institutional investors. We are active investors, industry agnostic and have an awesome roster of portfolio companies that we are proud to support.

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Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank is a commercial bank, established in 1982, with the core mission of supporting venture-backed companies and the investment firms that partner with them. We are the market leader in this vertical and create immense value for our clients by facilitating relevant venture ecosystem connections as well as providing financial solutions to startups in all lifecycle stages. We have strong expertise in partnering with our clients to increase their probability of success that ultimately lead to a lucrative outcomes.

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Starting Line VC

Starting Line VC

Starting Line is an early stage seed fund that invests in consumer startups focused on democratizing access to technologies, products and experiences for the 99% of Americans. Founded by Ezra Galston, the fund has already made seed investments into numerous fast growing companies such as Cameo, Made In Cookware and Truman’s. Starting Line is currently investing out of its inaugural $17M fund, with check sizes ranging from $750K – $1.25M into rounds ranging from $1M – $5M, with the sweet spot leading $1M into a $2.5M seed round.

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TASC Ventures

TASC Ventures

TASC Ventures invests in fintech, insuretech, and HRtech startups that improve the well-being of employees and the bottom line of employers. We typically fund $250k – $1M, and assist our companies with industry connections through TASC, the nation’s leading independent provider of employee benefit accounts.

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