IVCA - Illinois Venture Capital Association

Welcome to the IVCA

The Illinois Venture Capital Association advocates for a strong venture capital and private equity industry in Illinois by:

  • Promoting pro-growth public policy initiatives,
  • Providing educational programming in private equity,
  • Facilitating member networking, and
  • Endorsing communication and shared programs with organizations of mutual interest.

In addition, IVCA works with entrepreneurial organizations in the Midwest to encourage a strong cycle of innovation and business creation leading to superior investment opportunities.

Why does the IVCA honor individuals annually with the Stanley C. Golder Award?  Click here to view an 8 minute movie we had produced about Stan Golder, a pioneer in the VC and PE industry and long considered the "father of private equity in Illinois".


SB 1719 (The "Privilege" Tax) UPDATE November 6, 2017:

Thanks in large part to the diligence of IVCA members who contacted their elected officials and let them know the harm which would be done to the entrepreneurial infrastructure of Illinois, measures to apply a 20% tax to capitals gains earned by investment managers, such as embodied in SB 1719 and HB 3343, did not pass during this session of the Illinois General Assembly.  Those measures may be revived at a later date and in your conversations with your local state Representative and Senator please continue to help them understand the negative impact this would have on the Illinois economy.

We again encourage IVCA members to take time to reach out to their elected state officials and make clear their opposition to the “privilege tax” and to help legislators understand why it is not only bad public policy but would have a significant negative impact on not only our industry but on the tech/entrepreneur ecosystem which is driving any gains the Illinois economy is experiencing.

Don't know who your legislators are?  Check here

Find contact info for your legislators here.  Sample email, click here updated 6/21/17.

Supporting documentation for your email:

Crain’s IVCA Op Ed

WSJ Illinois Policy Institute Op Ed

Crain’s “Best Cities for Monster Returns”

Barron’s “A Simple Tale of Carried Interest”

Pitchbook's 2017 Venture Ecosystem FactBook: Chicago



Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

IVCA Scholar Program
Find overview of the program HERE.


Current research on Diversity & Inclusion:

PE Women LP Perspective 2016
Why diversity matters
...and more




2016 IVCA Sponsoring Members

Baker Tilly
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Silicon Valley Bank