Announcing the 2018 IVCA Awardees

October 10, 2018

IVCA congratulates this year's IVCA Awardees who will be honored at the Annual Awards Dinner on December 3rd!

2018 Richard J. Daley Award which acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the State of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry is awarded to:

Christopher B. Galvin

Chris Galvin is one of our region’s most accomplished investors and business executives and has an outstanding record of public and philanthropic leadership in our region and nationally.

2018 Fellows Award which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the private equity profession and to the Illinois Venture Capital Association is awarded to:

Walter C. Florence, Frontenac Company

Walter Florence has been a member of the IVCA Board of Directors since 2005 and has served as Vice Chairman and more recently as IVCA Chairman. His service to IVCA included membership on multiple committee. 

Probably most importantly, and his most lasting impact at IVCA will be his commitment to creating more gender and racial diversity in our industry.

Walter’s commitment to creating diversity in our industry is hard to overstate.  Walter established an event to help fund his family foundation: A Good Walk Spoiled Foundation, so that it could provide a grant to IVCA’s Scholar Program.

2018 PE Portfolio Company of the Year - The Stepping Stones Group

The Stepping Stones Group (SSG), based in Chicago IL, is the leading provider of behavioral health services to children with special needs and autism. SSG offerings include Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational Therapy (OT) services. SSG also provides special education, school psychology and autism treatment therapies. SSG places clinicians into school systems to provide clinical services.

School districts contract with SSG to provide these essential services which are federally mandated under the Individuals with Disability Education Act.

2018 VC Portfolio Company of the Year - Aptinyx

Aptinyx Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing transformative therapies for challenging disorders of the brain and nervous system.

We invite you to join us on the evening of December 3rd to honor these individuals and companies at the 2018 IVCA Awards Dinner.  Click here for details and ticket or table purchases.

We have a few Gold sponsorships still available!  If you are interested, contact Kathy Pyne at [email protected].

The cost of the Gold Sponsorship is $7,500.  Benefits include:
‧      One table at the Dinner (table seats 10 people); good location relative to stage
‧      Recognition on event signage
‧      Recognition in the evening's A/V presentation
‧      Recognition on website
‧      Half-page ad in event program