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.

IVCA Member Alert!

Update 1/24/2018


Targets on capital gains earned by investment managers.

On Friday January 19, 2018, Rep. Chris Welch introduced HB 4293, the House version of Senator Daniel Biss’ 20% “privilege tax” on the capital gains income earned by investment managers. As you know, this bill has already passed the Illinois Senate as SB1719.  We were successful last year in defeating HB 3393.

Please engage your House Representative on this existential issue for our industry in Illinois and ask him/her to actively oppose this industry-killing measure.   Illinois cannot afford to be the least attractive State in the Union for investment managers. 

Members should explain this bill would:

  • Destroy high-paying tech job growth in our state
  • Drive high net worth tax payers out of the state
  • Reverse the progress Illinois has made growing a vibrant technology economy
  • Restrict capital opportunities for Illinois growth companies.
  • Make Illinois an outlier on how Investment Managers are taxed relative to EVERY other state in the Union

Please, take action on this issue!  We know that constituents have the strongest opportunity to influence Representatives.

Don't know who your legislators are?  Check here

Find contact info for your legislators here.  Sample email, click here updated 1/24/18 for HB 4293. Sample email updated 2/21/18, click here for SB 3189.

Here is a letter written by one of our members:



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



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".




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