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37 Best & Most Active Greater Chicago Area Investment Partners

Investment Partners play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Greater Chicago Area Investment Partners. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Greater Chicago Area Investment Partners

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Jenny Just

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jenny Just – Co-Founder, Managing Partner @ PEAK6 Investments


Jim Dugan

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jim Dugan is the Founding Managing Partner of OCA Ventures. Prior to co-founding OCA Ventures in 2001, Jim oversaw the OCA Ventures Pledge F…


Justin M. Weber

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Debt, Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Non Equity Assistance, Private Equity, Secondary Market, Seed, Venture

Chicago based private equity executive building, funding, and structuring acquisitions with best-in-class partners.


Penny Pritzker

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Bachelor’s in Economics, Harvard University; JD and MBA, Stanford University. Civic and business leader with more than 25 years of experienc…


Keith Bank

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Keith Bank is the Founder and Managing Partner of KB Partners and has a diverse background in start-up companies, real estate and other entr…


Simin Zhou

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Venture

Simin leads UL Ventures, where we invest and innovate in new fields and technologies that advance safety, sustainability and security. Simi…


Paul Meier

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Paul Meier is a Principal dedicated to the software and geospatial technology funds at Cultivation Capital. He handles relationship manageme…


Nick Cromydas

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Nick Cromydas – CEO @ Motlee


Daniel Hopp

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Daniel Hopp


James Johnson

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

James Johnson – Founder and Partner @ Apex Venture Partners


Keith Daubenspeck

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Keith Daubenspeck (AEI Chairman and Co-founder) has had an eventful 22-year career in the securities industry. He was the architect behind t…


Andrea Hedrick

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Andrea is a specialized lending executive with approximately 20 years of experience building out and monitoring investment portfolios within…


Ian Drury

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ian is a General Partner at OCA Ventures. He has 25+ years experience as a business operator and entrepreneur with a background in technolog…


Matthew Walker

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Matthew Walker – Managing Director @ S2G Ventures


Collin Roche

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Collin Roche


Patrick Galley

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Patrick Galley is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at RiverNorth Capital Management. Prior to that, he was the Vice …


CJ Fraleigh

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

CJ Fraleigh


Jason Van Zant

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jason Van Zant joined Keystone Capital in 2008 as an Associate.


Lily Yeung

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Lily Yeung is the vice president at Molex Ventures.


Louis Schotsky

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Louis Schotsky serves as a Managing Partner at Navitas Capital.


Tony Palcheck

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

In this role, he is responsible for identifying and executing strategic, minority-equity investments in start-up firms to accelerate access …


Li Zhong

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Li Zhong – VP, Global Mergers, Acquisitions, and Development @ Walgreens Boots Alliance


Corey Ritter

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Corey Ritter ARCH Venture Partners


Andrew Bluestein

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Andrew Bluestein Managing Partner at Bluestein Ventures.


Peter Magas

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Peter Magas is a Partner at BPOC.


Alex Feld

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Alex Feld Principal at The Pritzker Organization


Kristin Hupfer

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kristin Hupfer


Ron Weiss

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ron Weiss is a Managing Partner at InFocus Capital Partners.


Kevin S. Overby

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Kevin S. Overby currently works as Vice President at Keystone Capital.


J.D. Wright

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Private Equity, Venture

J.D. Wright


John Findlay

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Findlay Partner at Periscope Equity.


Joe McIlhattan

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Joe McIlhattan Vice President at Periscope Equity.


Jim Oberman

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Venture

Jim Oberman is Payroc’s CEO and drives the company’s strategic initiatives and long term enterprise development, bringing a vast array of el…


Mark Radzik

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mark Radzik


Robert Buhler

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Robert Buhler, President and CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts.


Andrew Schwartz

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Andrew Schwartz


John Dilatush

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Dilatush Founder at Jade Gate Capital Ltd.

Written by Mark Kendall

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