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- Hyde Park Venture Partners
- Chicago Ventures
- Origin Ventures
- Energy Foundry
- Starting Line
- Jump Capital
- MATH Venture Partners
- New Stack Ventures
- Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
At Visible, we often compare a startup fundraising process to a traditional B2B sales and marketing funnel. At the top of your funnel, you are adding qualified investors. Nurturing them in the middle of the funnel with email, meetings, pitches, etc. And ideally closing them as a new investor at the bottom of a funnel.
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Just like a sales and marketing funnel, a fundraising funnel needs to start with the right investors for your business (e.g. qualified lead or qualified investor). One of the aspects founders will want to research is the geography of the investor and where they invest.
Check out a few popular venture capital firms located in Chicago below:
1. Hyde Park Venture Partners
According to the team at Hyde Park Venture Partners, “We’re 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.”
Learn more about Hyde Park Venture Partners and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at Hyde Park invest in early-stage companies — pre-seed to series A. According to their Visible Connect Profile, the team at Hyde Park Venture Partners generally writes checks anywhere between $250k and $4M.
Hyde Park Venture Partners primarily invests in SaaS, marketplace, and tech-enabled companies.
Some of Hyde Park Venture Partners most noteable investments include:
- High Alpha
2. Chicago Ventures
As the team at Chicago Ventures put on their website, “We lead seed rounds before it’s obvious, and serve as active, operationally-involved partners during a company’s earliest days.” The team at Chicago Ventures pinpoints 4 areas where they are best suited to help their portfolio companies:
- Talent: Build your company
- Community: Skill up
- Customers: Identify + connect
- Communication: Tell your story
Learn more about Chicago Ventures and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at Chicago Ventures has a focus on leading seed rounds. According to their Visible Connect Profile, this can range in checksizes from $500k to $5M.
The team at Chicago Ventures is agnostic in their industries and look to invest in “overlooked teams.”
Some of Chicago Ventures most noteable investments include:
According to their website, “LongJump is an investment fund, run by founders and operators. We invest in high potential founders and help them turn their ideas into fast-growing businesses. In addition to capital, we also provide connections and community to our portfolio, helping to connect you with other investors, employees, and advisors.”
The team at LongJump is full of founders and operators which offers portfolio companies the opportunity to lean on their experience and networks.
Learn more about LongJump and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at LongJump is focused on seed investments (particularly writing the first check in a company). They typically write checks anywhere between $50k and $100k.
The team at LongJump is agnostic in their investment industries. You can learn more in their thesis below:
“The population of founders in Chicago (and everywhere else, too) should mirror the community around them. But we don’t see that. Instead we see deep bias towards certain people, certain industries, and certain backgrounds — none of which are predictive of success. And we see this opportunity gap widening over time, creating a chasm that prevents many from starting companies and getting them to the next level.
That’s why we’re creating LongJump. To help founders of all backgrounds, all races, all genders, and all socio-economic conditions to get their start. This isnt a charity; this is an opportunity.”
Some of LongJump’s most noteable investments include:
4. Origin Ventures
According to their website, “Origin Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in software, consumer, and marketplace businesses in the Digital Native economy.”
Learn more about Origin Ventures and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
According to their Visible Connect Profile, the team at Origin Ventures typically writes checks anywhere between $500k and $5M.
The team at Origin Venutres has an intense focus on software, marketplace, and consumer apps. You can learn more in their thesis below:
“We believe businesses built for Digital Natives have an outsized growth advantage.
The Digital Native Economy is powered by 140M Millennials and Gen Z between the ages of 10 and 40. They’re the first generations to have a smart phone, pervasive high speed internet, and social media from a young age.
Digital Natives grew up with a cell phone in their hand, and they do things differently than prior generations as a result. We’ve identified themes driven by these behavioral changes and use them to drive our investment strategy.”
Some of Origin Venture’s most noteable investments include:
5. Energy Foundry
According to their website, “Energy Foundry invests venture capital in today’s most promising energy innovators, and we work with the world’s leading energy companies to build and scale new ventures. Our approach merges venture capital with the perks of partnership, and includes an arsenal of essential tools and relationships to help bring great ideas to market.”
Learn more about Energy Foundry and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
According to their Visible Connect Profile, the team at Energy Foundry typically writes checks anywhere from $750k to $10M.
The team at Energy Foundry has a focus on disruptive energy and cleantech startups. You can learn more about their approach below:
“We invest early stage venture capital in energy start-ups with transformational technologies, an eye towards growth, and ridiculously talented teams.
Technology advancements are disrupting the energy industry and creating new venture opportunities. Those who understand this dynamic landscape can unlock value. That’s why we focus exclusively on energy.
Energy Foundry effectively deploys capital and leverages strategic tools to de-risk investments and accelerate time to market for the most promising ventures.”
Some of Energy Foundry’s most noteable investments include:
6. Starting Line
According to the team at Starting Line, “Starting Line invests in founders who are willing to take on substantial personal risks, out of fear of living a life of regret. That fear of wondering what life might have looked like if you’d just gone for it.”
Learn more about Starting Line in our interview with Ezra Galston of Staring Line below:
The team at Starting Line directly lays out their investment range below:
“We are a first check venture capital fund, meaning that we aim to anchor true seed rounds with check sizes ranging from $750,000 – $2,000,000 in rounds ranging from $1 – $6M. Our sweet spot within that range is leading $1-1.25M into a $2.5M seed round.
We typically write our largest check in a Company’s first round, though we do retain reserves for all portfolio investments.”
The Starting Line team is extremely transparent and offers countless opportunities to learn about their investment process on their website here.
As put on their website, “Starting Line is a thematic early stage venture capital fund focused on investing in consumer marketplaces, services and products that are cheaper and better, improve access for the 99% + as well as the software infrastructure that enables it.”
Some of Starting Line’s most noteable investments include:
- Made in
7. Jump Capital
According to the team at Jump Capital, “Jump provides series A and B capital to data-driven tech companies within the FinTech, IT & Data Infrastructure, B2B SaaS and Media sectors. We back entrepreneurs with bold vision seeking a business partner and not just a financial investor.”
Learn more about Jump Capital and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at Jump Capital typically writes checks somewhere between $1M and $10M. Learn more below:
The team at Jump Capital is primarily focused on the following industries:
- IT and Data Infrastructure
- B2B SaaS
Some of Jump Capital’s most noteable investments include:
- 4C Insights
- Fast Radius
8. MATH Venture Partners
As put by the team at MATH, “We believe 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.”
Learn more about MATH Venture Partners and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at MATH Venture Partners typically writes checks anywhere between $1M and $2M. You can learn more abou their investment criteria below:
As put by the team at MATH, “Our portfolio includes software, data analytics, marketplaces and e-commerce companies across industries. We invest in both B2B and B2C businesses. We do not invest in medical device, life sciences or capital-intensive businesses.”
Some of MATH Venture Partners most noteable investments include:
- 86 Repairs
9. New Stack Ventures
As put by the team at New Stack, “At New Stack, we invest in outsiders. Our startups don’t look like what’s commonly funded in Silicon Valley. The standard formula of Stanford educated, Google trained, Bay Area-located is not what we’re looking for. We believe in mission-driven founders with an irrational commitment to their cause –regardless of location or circumstance.”
Learn more about New Stack Ventures and check out their Visible Connect Profile here →
The team at New Stack Ventures typically writes checks between $500k and $1.5M.
As put on their website, “New Stack invests broadly across sectors and categories with an emphasis on B2B SaaS, Fintech, Supply Chain, Cyber, Proptech, Healthcare, and eCommerce.” New Stack also has themes they look for in their companies below:
- “TRACTABLE: Tools that give non-experts, expert capabilities
- UGV: Platforms that empower users to generate value
- ACCESS TO IDLE SUPPLY: Activating idle capacity
- TROJAN HORSE: Targeted beachhead provides access to broader opportunity
- NETWORK EFFECTS: Value increases as users increase
- BD INNOVATION: Customer acquisition strategy is as novel as the product
- COMPETING W/ NON-CONSUMPTION: Turning non-consumers into consumers
- MOUNTING LOSS: As individual usage increases, switching costs increase”
Some of New Stack Ventures most noteable investments include:
10. Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
As put by the team at Cultivian Sanbox Ventures, “Cultivian Sandbox is a venture capital firm focused on building next-generation food and agriculture technology companies capable of generating superior returns. As early investors and active board members, we employ a hands-on approach to building companies and are often directly involved in setting company strategy, recruiting key executives, and raising additional capital.”
According to their website, “Cultivian Sandbox makes equity investments of $1-10M and participates in follow-on financings of high-performing companies. We generally focus initial investments on early-stage companies and invest selectively at later stages.”
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures has a focus on next-generation food and agriculture technology.
Related Resource: VCs Investing In Food & Bev Startups
Some of Cultivian Sandbox Venture’s most noteable investments include:
- Copper Cow Coffee
- Full Harvest
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At Visible, we oftentimes compare a fundraise to a B2B sales and marketing funnel. At the top of your funnel, you are finding new investors. In the middle, you are nurturing and pitching potential investors. At the bottom of the funnel, you are working through diligence and ideally closing new investors.
Related Resource: The 12 Best VC Funds You Should Know About
With the introduction of data rooms, you can now manage every aspect of your fundraising funnel with Visible.
- Find investors at the top of your funnel with our free investor database, Visible Connect
- Track your conversations and move them through your funnel with our Fundraising CRM
- Share your pitch deck and monthly updates with potential investors
- Organize and share your most vital fundraising documents with data rooms
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