FI  DNS Capital

     Office Locations:

400 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite S1700
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-982-0047



  • Early
  • Middle Market



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Real Estate & Construction



    DNS Capital is the investment office for Gigi Pritzker and her husband Michael Pucker, who is CEO and chairman of DNS Capital. The Chicago-based office is involved in a host of investments and does direct private equity and venture capital investing. Jean 'Gigi' Pritzker is an heir to the Pritzker family fortune (Hyatt Hotels), and is pegged by Forbes to be worth nearly $2.5B. DNS Capital takes a long-term and flexible approach to investing by building relationships with business owners, management teams and entrepreneurs. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions - along with her partner Ted Rawlins - through their company Relevant Theatricals. Relevant Theatricals produced the play Million Dollar Quartet. Pritzker is president and a trustee of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and the Chicago Children's Theatre. They have a typical initial equity investment of $25-100mm, with the ability to invest more for the right opportunity. They target market-leading, middle-market companies with $10-50mm in EBITDA.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Andrew Dzwonchyk Vice President
    Charles Tollinche Managing Director
    Elizabeth A. Hess Head of Business Development and VP
    Jason Schroeder Vice President
    Jeff Ehlers Vice President and Operating Partner


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):










      Series C


      Good Eggs





    Portfolio companies include:

      Beyond Meat
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      Good Eggs
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