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.

Diversity & Inclusion



IVCA is proud to be working for diversity and inclusion as we move forward with the 2020 IVCA Scholar Program. This program is intended to create an inclusive industry with more gender, racial and ethnic diversity by providing students exposure to a possible career in the venture capital/private equity industry.  Students work at a venture capital or private equity firm and participate in informational & training sessions at firms that provide services to VC & PE investors (accounting, valuation, legal, consulting etc.) The program seeks to engage “underrepresented” groups (women & persons of color) in their undergraduate education so that they can better their chances for a position in the industry through internship, training and networking experience. Since it's inception in 2007, fifty students have taken part in the program.

We applaud our participating member firms for supporting our vision, and this initiative, as we move forward! Click here, to view our Diversity Champions.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

  • Find IVCA Scholar overview and application requirements/instruction for the program HERE.
  • How will the IVCA Scholar Program benefit me? View video HERE.
  • IVCA Scholar Program 2021:  Applications for spring recruitment for Summer 2021 are now being acceptedApplication deadline is extended 2 weeks to October 23, 2020.


Current research on Diversity & Inclusion:
PE Women LP Perspective 2016
Why diversity matters
...and more




2020 IVCA Sponsoring Members

Baker Tilly
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Northern Trust
Ropes & Gray LLP
White & Case LLP