VC  Origin Ventures

     Office Locations:

549 W. Randolph St., Suite 601
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-644-6449



  • Early



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device
  • Software & Internet



    Origin Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies. In February 2005 the firm closed on its current fund, Origin Ventures II, LP. This followed the successful completion of Origin's first fund, Origin Ventures, LLC, which yielded an internal rate of return to its investors in excess of 33% from its inception in 1999 through its completion in 2004. Origin's typical investment size is $500,000 to $1,000,000, but can vary depending on the opportunity. The types of companies Origin seeks to work with are front-end e-commerce enterprises, medical device companies, biotechnology ventures, and other industries where the firm can add value. Origin's geographic focus is the Midwest and the firm's target is the greater Chicagoland area. Origin is specifically interested in furthering the development of technologies discovered at the University of Illinois and other similar institutions.



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    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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    Brent Hill Partner
    Bruce N. Barron Partner
    Jason Heltzer Partner
    Prashant Shukla Senior Associate
    Scott Stern Senior Associate


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