FI  Walder Ventures

     Office Locations:

5215 Old Orchard Rd., Ste. 1050
Skokie, IL 60077



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device



    Joseph and Elizabeth Walder established Walder Ventures in 2020 to provide mission-driven investments to support programs and organizations that aim to have a positive and sustaining impact on the Chicago region and beyond. This work aligns with the philanthropic interests of the Walder Foundation, which supports science innovation, environmental sustainability, performing arts, a city that is welcoming to immigrants, and empowered Jewish communities. Walder's inaugural investment was in Portal Innovations (see profile), a Chicago-based incubator for life sciences, medtech, and bioinformatics entrepreneurs. Walder Ventures' focus on science innovation is driven by Joseph Walder, MD, Ph.D., who spent his career developing breakthrough technologies in academic research before founding a biotech company, Integrated DNA Technologies, which was acquired by Danaher in 2018.

    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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    Elizabeth Walder Co-Founder
    Joseph Walder Co-Founder


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):







      Grove Biopharma





    Portfolio companies include:

      Grove Biopharma
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      Portal Innovations


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