Early Stage Funding


One of the most important needs of new start-up companies is early-stage capital. 

IllinoisVENTURES, a seed and early-stage technology investment firm, was conceived and launched by the University of Illinois to catalyze the creation and development of research-derived companies from the University and the greater region. Consistently named by Entrepreneur magazine to its national list of the top 100 venture capital firms, IllinoisVENTURES is a model for new company formation via public/private partnership.

IllinoisVENTURES starts working with companies at the very earliest stage of development, often before the technology leaves the laboratory.   When the company is ready to begin raising capital from outside investors, IllinoisVENTURES will either lead or participate in the very first rounds of financing. When the company is ready to raise additional growth capital, IllinoisVENTURES can continue to provide financing through its privately-funded Illinois Emerging Technologies Funds.

Since beginning in 2003, IllinoisVENTURES has led or collaborated on more than 80 new ventures, invested more than $50 million, and leveraged more than $1 billion in additional third-party investor and grant funding.