VC  Illinois Ventures

     Office Locations:

2242 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-9853

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  • Early
  • Seed



  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device



    Illinois Ventures is a seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences and life sciences, with a particular emphasis on those deriving from research conducted at the University of Illinois and other regional research institutions and federal laboratories. Current investments reflect targeted practice areas in energy, device physics, advanced materials, biotechnology, medical devices and instrumentation, homeland security, and software. IllinoisVENTURES currently invests up to $200,000 in seed-stage opportunities developed at the University of Illinois, often as the first or one of the first outside investors in a promising new technology-based startup.

    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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    Julian Cheng Senior Director
    Nancy Sullivan CEO and Senior Managing Director
    Thomas E. Parkinso Senior Director


    Portfolio companies include:

      Advanced Diamond
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      Autonomic Materials
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      Cbana Labs
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      Diagnostic Photonics
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      EdenPark Illumination
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      Elgin Mining
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      iCyt Mission Technologies
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      INI Power
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      Iris Mobile
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      KGRA Energy
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      One Llama Media
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      Phi Optics
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      Pier Pharmaceuticals
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      Tetravitae Biosciences
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