IVCA - Illinois Venture Capital Association

Welcome to the IVCA

The Illinois Venture Capital Association advocates for a strong Illinois business climate for private investors in private companies by:

  • Promoting a pro-growth public policy platform,
  • Facilitating member networking,
  • Introducing underrepresented groups to the business of private company investing
  • Collaborating with organizations of mutual interest.

In addition, IVCA works with entrepreneurial organizations in the Midwest to encourage a strong cycle of innovation and business creation leading to superior investment opportunities.


Please join us for the in-person 2021 IVCA Awards Dinner, presented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, honoring the 2021 Awardees for:

  • Richard J. Daley Award - Linda L. Darragh, Kellogg School of Management Emerita
  • The Fellows Award - Rocco J. Martino, OceanM19
  • Venture Capital Portfolio Company of the Year Award - Factor
  • Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year Award - Option Care Health

Individual tickets are now available for IVCA Members only HERE. (Limit 2).  Any issues purchasing tickets, please contact Kathy Pyne at [email protected].

In an effort to ensure the comfort and safety of our attendees, we have limited the number of tables available at this year's event and this will be an IVCA Members Only event. We ask that only vaccinated individuals attend this years event. Masking policy per City of Chicago guidance will be observed.

Monday, December 6, 2021
The Four Seasons
120 East Delaware

Chicago, IL

IVCA thanks this year's Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: White & Case LLP
Platinum Sponsors: Financial Investments Corp / Concentric Equity Partners; KRD - Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond; and PwC
Gold Sponsors: 50 South Capital, Adams Street Partners, Baker Tilly, EY, Frontenac, Growth Catalyst Partners, GTCR, Kellogg School of Management, Locke Lord LLP,  Madison Dearborn Partners, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, NEA, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, Northern Trust, OCA Ventures, OceanM19, Origin Ventures, Plante Moran, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Prairie Capital, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Pritzker Private Capital, RSM US LLP, Shore Capital Partners, Thoma Bravo, Vedder Price




Diversity & Inclusion

IVCA is proud to be working for diversity and inclusion as we move forward with the 2022 IVCA Scholar Program. This program is intended to create an inclusive industry with more gender, racial and ethnic diversity by providing students exposure to a possible career in the venture capital/private equity industry. Students work at an IL venture capital or private equity firm and participate in informational & training sessions at firms that provide services to VC & PE investors (accounting, valuation, legal, consulting etc.) The program seeks to engage “underrepresented” groups (women & persons of color) in their undergraduate education so that they can better their chances for a position in the industry through internship, training and networking experience. Since it's inception in 2007, 64 students have taken part in the program.

We applaud our participating member firms for supporting our vision, and this initiative, as we move forward! Click here for information about the program!