VC  Merrick Ventures

     Office Locations:

350 N. Orleans Street, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-994-9494



  • Early
  • Expansion
  • Growth
  • Seed



  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Merrick Ventures, a Chicago-based private equity firm founded by Michael Ferro. Mr. Ferro launched Merrick after selling supply-chain software company Click Commerce Inc. to Illinois Tool Works. According to 'Crain's Chicago Business,' Merrick has shown a wide-ranging appetite for deals, from Merge Healthcare, a publicly traded medical-software company based in Milwaukee, to startups such as SoCore Energy, a Chicago-based solar venture. Merrick's Web site includes a list of 11 other investors, with names like Pritzker, McKenna and Crown, all top-tier, wealthy Chicago families. According to Crain's, the investors contribute up to $3 million to the fund.

    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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    Michael W. Ferro Founder and CEO


    Portfolio companies include:

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      mPulse Mobile
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