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47 Best & Most Active Illinois Micro VCs

Micro VCs play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Illinois Micro VCs. 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 Illinois Micro VCs

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Serra Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Serra Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies in emerging Midwest technology centers


M25

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

M25 is the most active early-stage VC firm investing in Midwest headquartered startups (14 states, 100+ companies) across various industries


Promus Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Investing in early-stage deep-tech software/hardware companies run by visionary and tenacious founding teams.


Moderne Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Moderne Ventures is a venture fund that invests in tech real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home service companies.


First Analysis

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture

First Analysis is a venture capital investment company that offers equity research, investment banking, and sales and trading services.


Impact Engine

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Impact Engine is a venture capital and private equity firm that invests financial and human capital in early-stage companies.


Corazon Capital

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

Corazon Capital is a venture capital firm focused on early-stage opportunities.


MATH Venture Partners

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

MATH Venture Partners invests in teams building companies with an unfair advantage in customer acquisition.


Jumpstart Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed

JumpStart Ventures is an investment fund built to partner with entrepreneurs solving problems that need intelligent innovation.


7wire Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

7wire ventures focuses on investing in early and growth-stage companies focused on healthcare IT, digital healtcare and mobile health.


Higher Ground Labs

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Venture

Higher Ground Labs is building an ecosystem for progressive political technology.


Listen

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Listen is a consumer-only venture capital firm focused on backing and building the brands of tomorrow.


Lakewest Venture Partners

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Private Equity, Seed

Lakewest Venture Partners is a real estate and private equity company, pursuing seed and early stage investment opportunities.


New Stack Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Syndicate, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Early Stage Venture, Seed

New Stack Ventures is a venture firm investing in startups that are pre-revenue, in pilots/PoCs, or early commercialization.


I2A Fund

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed

I2A is a seed venture capital fund that catalyzes and partners with entrepreneurial companies in the Illinois region.


Sandalphon Capital

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Sandalphon Capital is a micro venture capital firm focused on Seed to Series A investments


VitalizeVC

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

VitalizeVC is an early-stage VC fund investing in high potential B2B technology startups in future of work and future of learning.


Motivate Venture Capital

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Motivate Venture Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in Seed-stage companies across the US and Canada.


Starting Line

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Starting Line is an early stage consumer focused VC fund.


Network Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Network Ventures is a Chicago-based company that provides venture capital to seed stage companies.


R7 Partners

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

R7 Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies building transformational technologies.


FireStarter Fund

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Seed

FireStarter Fund is a self-managed investment fund focused on digital media and marketing, SaaS, and e-commerce companies.


Founder Equity

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Founder Equity is an Early-Stage Venture Capital fund with offices in Chicago and Dallas


Germin8 Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Germin8 Ventures is a venture capital firm actively investing with domain expertise and strategic backing in FoodTech and AgTech.


Fulcrum Investing

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Family Investment Office, Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Fulcrum Investing is a family office dedicated to the advancement and assistance of start-up companies and the entrepreneurial community.


Ekistic Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Ekistic Ventures is a group of urban problem-solvers investing our expertise and capital to make cities more efficient and equitable.


The Pritzker Organization

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

The Pritzker Organization is a private investment firm that funds, acquires, and builds companies.


Holdings Industries

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

Holdings Industries is composed of early stage experience/technology companies that have the ability to lead in their space & scale.


Upheaval Investments

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed

Upheaval investments is a seed through growth stage venture firm that invests in groundbreaking technologies led by bold founder vision.


Pathway Bioventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Pathway Bioventures is a seed-stage life sciences fund investing in next-generation therapeutics, medical device, and diagnostics companies.


Newlin

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Angel Group, Micro VC, Syndicate, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Post-Ipo, Seed

Newlin is a venture capital and private equity firm that connects founders to capital turning ideas to fundable businesses.


Continental Advisors

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Continental Advisors LLC is a company that provides investment advising services for financial management and healthcare.


INCISENT Labs

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Incubator, Micro VC

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

INCISENT Labs is a platform for creating disruptive innovations that transform traditional industries.


Spiral Sun Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

Spiral Sun Ventures is an early-stage fund focused on investing in promising consumer product companies.


Springfield Armory

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Springfield Armory is developing innovative firearms concepts and producing some of the most storied rifle platforms.


Impossible X

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

Impossible X helps startups scale their businesses through the use of SEO, SEM, and content marketing strategy.


NL Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

NL Ventures is a boutique investment firm that provides advisory services to early stage and emerging companies.


SIH

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Seed

Southern Illinois Healthcare is a not for profit health care system, are dedicated to promoting the health and well being of all people.


New Coast Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

New Coast Ventures is a full-service web and mobile development firm that builds solutions for Fortune 500s, startups, and even itself.


Arch Development Partners

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

Arch Development Partners is a Chicago-based venture capital fund that aims to invest in seed stage companies.


Bluestem Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

Bluestem Ventures was started from a recognized need to provide nontraditional capital to local companies.


Lakeshore ArchAngels

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Private Equity

Lakeshore ArchAngels provides a forum for entrepreneurial-minded members to invest in early-stage businesses.


Stratus Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage:

Stratus Ventures is an entrepreneurial consulting firm focused on building market-leading companies in the digital economy.


Tur Partners

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

Tur Partners LLC is a principal investment firm.


Thinker Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC

Investment Stage: Debt, Early Stage Venture, Grant, Non Equity Assistance, Private Equity, Seed

A holistic business development company – start, run, and grow better.


GREVILLE GROUP

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

GREVILLE GROUP was established with a view to the preparation of investment projects, investments.


Plura Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Micro VC, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

Plura Ventures is a leading online equity crowdfunding platform for startups and investors

Written by Mark Kendall

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