IVCA Honors 2018 Awardees at December 3rd Dinner

December 19, 2018

IVCA celebrated the accomplished careers of Walter C. Florence, Frontenac and Christopher B. Galvin, and recognized the successes of our Portfolio Companies of the Year, The Stepping Stones Group and Aptinyx at our Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on December 3rd at The Four Seasons.

More than 400 people enjoyed the evening which included a Cocktail Reception, sponsored by White & Case, followed by dinner and the Awards presentation, and closing with the Dessert Reception, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  Emceed by Rocco Martino, IVCA Vice Chairman, the program featured the presentation of four Awards.

Please enjoy the thoughts and comments of our presenters and awardees in the video links (click on the Awardee's name) below.

Click here for pictures from the event!

The awards presented were:

  • The Fellows Award which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the venture capital and private equity profession and to the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA).
  • Richard J. Daley Award which acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the State of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.
  • The Portfolio Companies of the Year are issued to 2 companies, a venture capital-backed and a private equity backed IL company based on a realized liquidity event (in 2017 or 2018) which was a successful exit for investors.

 IVCA gratefully acknowledges the continued support of our sponsors for this event:

  • Presenting sponsor:  Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Platinum/Dessert sponsor:  Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Platinum sponsor:  Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.
  • Cocktail Reception sponsor:  White & Case, LLP
  • Gold sponsors:
  • 4490 Ventures
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Andersen Tax, LLC
  • Baker Tilly
  • Duchossois Capital Management
  • Frontenac
  • GTCR
  • Limerick Investments
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • OCA Ventures
  • Origin Ventures
  • Plante Moran
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Shore Capital Partners
  • Thoma Bravo
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Wynnchurch Capital