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Data Shows Chicago Startups Making Progress in Increasing Diversity

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation partnered with Chicago:Blend, an organization dedicated to bringing diversity to the Chicago business sector, to compile data on Chicago’s increasing diversity in startups.…
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The 10 Days of Polsky: Looking Back at 2020 

The past year was unlike any we've experienced before. Despite the many challenges caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we stayed focused on advancing our Polsky Center mission. …
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Chicago VC Launches Virtual Networking Event to Help Connect the Dots for Investors and Founders

Sandalphon Capital has announced the "midwest.tech/connect" virtual summit – a three-day event that aims to facilitate one-on-one meetings between founders, venture capital (VC) firms, and angel investors. The Polsky Center…
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Origin Ventures Closes ‘Milestone’ $80M Fourth Fund

Chicago venture capital firm Origin Ventures announced today it has closed its fourth fund, a significant milestone for the Midwest firm best known for its success as an early investor…
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Origin Ventures Raises $80 Million to Lead Investments Startups

Origin Ventures, an 18-year-old venture capital firm based in Chicago, has closed an $80 million fund, it announced Thursday. This is the Series A-stage firm's fourth…
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Origin Raises $80 Million Follow-up Fund

One of Chicago's biggest venture funds raised $80 million for its fourth fund. Origin Ventures, best known as an early backer of Grubhub, raised about twice as much as its…
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Machine Learning Summit to Unite Futuristic Tech-makers with Investors

Inventors, major companies and venture capitalists will unite next week for the first Chicago Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit. Representatives from Google, IBM Watson, Microsoft and some of Chicago’s top…
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University Startups Surge as Illinois Students Start More Companies, Land More Funding

Despite a fall in recent venture capital activity on the national level, Illinois university startups have seen a rise in funding. That's according to the annual Illinois Innovation Index report…
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In This Startup’s Case, It Actually is Brain Surgery

Jennifer Fried is an accidental entrepreneur. After three years at Bain Consulting and some time in venture capital, she thought her next step would be becoming an investor in health…
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Research from Steven N. Kaplan: The Most Important Personality Trait for CEOs

If you’ve ever waded into the business section of a Barnes & Noble or gotten “thinkfluenced” by any number of LinkedIn influencers, you may have become aware of the fact…

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