IVCA Newsletter February 3, 2021

IVCA Newsletter



February 3, 2021

Association News

IVCA Profile: Jackie DiMonte, for the Board of Organizations of Chicago:Blend

Legislative News

IVCA Provides Updates for State Legislative Issues - 02.03.2021

IVCA Events

Events are being added to our schedule.  Stay tuned for updates!

December 6, 2021 - IVCA Annual Awards Event

Other Events of Interest

February 10, 2021 - Cannabis & Capital Summit - IVCA Member Discount

February 10 & 11, 2021 - 2021 Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference

February 10, 17 & 24 - Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2021

Sept. 2021 - Chicago Venture Summit - specific dates have not been set at this time

Industry News

Frontenac Marks Fifty-Year Anniversary

Baird Capital Announces Venture Team Partner and Principal Promotions

CORE Industrial Partners Portfolio Company Fathom Acquires Summit Tooling and Summit Plastics

Origin Secures Investment in Prisidio

Chicago's tastytrade to be acquired in $1B deal

Paragon Biosciences Launches CiRC Biosciences to Expand Cell and Gene Therapy Platform

Ropes & Gray Advises H.I.G. Capital in its Potential Investment in eHealth Inc.

With tastytrade acquisition, a rare $1B exit for Chicago—and women founders

Wynnchurch Capital Acquires The Wheel Group

Dave Secures $100 Million Credit Facility from Victory Park Capital

SSM Partners Announces Strategic Growth Investment in Mnet Health

HR startup Anthill lands funding from Origin Ventures

Ropes & Gray Represents CCMP and HMAN Group Holdings in Merger with Landcadia Holdings III SPAC

Collaborative Work Management Software Leader Sensei Labs Attracts New Capital to Support Rapid Growth; Led by Plymouth Growth Partners

Patriot Capital Supports United Urology Group’s Expansion

BlackCart secures US $8.8M Series A led by Origin Ventures

Ocient Announces $40 Million Series B to Help Organizations Manage Modern Data Demands

Ropes & Gray Represents H.I.G. Capital in its Acquisition of Continental Batteries

K Health Launches ‘K for Parents’ Pediatric Care and Raises $132M Series E

Volta plugs into $125m series D

Shore Capital Partners Invests in Tandem Family of Companies

Moderne Ventures Leads $10M Funding of MotoRefi

Ropes & Gray Advises Bain Capital Double Impact in its Sale of Penn Foster

First Analysis invests in insurtech company PCMI

SparkPost Raises $180M for Innovation and Growth

GTCR and Gregory T. Lucier Announce Merger of Surgical Specialties and TachoSil to Create Corza Medical

Baird Capital Invests in Appdetex

Ropes & Gray Advises Altamont Capital Partners in its Investment in Kinetic Advantage

ARCH Venture Partners Announces New $1.85 Billion Fund to Create and Fund Early Stage Biotechnology Companies

TPG Agrees to Acquire a Majority Stake in Centrify from Thoma Bravo

Baird Capital Sells Prescient Healthcare Group

Energize Hires New Investment Principal

Energize Hires New Investment Associate

Ropes & Gray Advises WellSky in its Acquisitions of CarePort Health

Ropes & Gray Represents The Vistria Group and Excellere Partners in its Investment in SCA Pharmaceuticals

Ropes & Gray Represents Partners Group in its Majority Investment in Idera Inc.

Ropes & Gray Represents Elliott Investment Management in its Investment in Removery

Ropes & Gray Serves as Counsel to Gauge Capital on Gauge Capital III

Job Postings

Please view the details for each Job Posting listed below on our website here. Once at Job Postings please scroll down the pages to view the jobs. They are listed chronologically as received, most current first.


February 2021

Operating Platform Intern - Jump Capital

The Role

Jump Capital is looking for an entrepreneurial-minded intern to join our operating platform. Jump’s operating team works with portfolio companies to accelerate their growth and position them for long-term successes. We’re a group of operators ourselves and closely partner with founders in four core areas: talent, go-to-market, strategic finance and corporate development.

The internship will be primarily focused on projects that further extend the scalability and relevance of the platform offering. However, there will likely be opportunities to directly engage with and support portfolio company projects. Our internships also have visibility to all aspects of investing activities, from ideation in markets to our investment process and post-investment engagement.


January 2021

Investment Analyst - 7wireVentures

Role Summary:

We are seeking a Venture Capital Investment Analyst to join our team. This role is an invaluable opportunity to become immersed in the digital health ecosystem and various aspects of early-stage venture capital investing. The Analyst will gain exposure to key areas of investing including deal evaluation, deal execution, market analysis, partner meetings, strategic limited partner interaction, and portfolio company support. We are looking for candidates that have a strong appetite for venture capital, a deep interest in the U.S. healthcare system, and a passion for technology.


Director of Investments - Loyola University Chicago – Investment Office

Loyola University seeks an experienced professional for the position of Director of Investments in its Investment Office. The position will be fully remote to start, but will be located at the Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago when office re-open.


Vice President, 50 South Capital - Private Equity, Buyout Funds & Co-investments


50 South Capital is the rapidly-growing alternative investment arm of Northern Trust, with over $10.0 billion in assets. The private equity group makes primary fund investments, direct co-investments, and secondary investments in the buyout, venture capital and private credit sectors. Geographically, the group has a broad coverage, investing in the US, Europe, and Asia. 50 South Capital is seeking to add a professional in their Chicago headquarters to be part of a 17 person investment team primarily to source, review, analyze, and close investments in US and European buyout funds. In addition, this individual would be responsible for sourcing, vetting and closing direct co-investment opportunities, and to a lesser extent, secondary transactions. In addition, this individual would be responsible for assisting in fundraising efforts, portfolio monitoring, and other special projects.

Northern Trust is one of the world’s largest asset management firms, with over $1.1 trillion in assets under management. The firm has 65 offices across the U.S. and 20 international locations. To-date, 50 South Capital has raised the majority of its funds from its existing client base, but also raises capital from investors outside of the organization. The team has extensive experience investing in the private equity industry and has been led by its founding partners since 2000.


November 2020

Zebra Ventures - Corporate Development Senior Analyst

Zebra Ventures is responsible for accelerating sustainable bottom line growth for Zebra through investments in new technologies, new businesses and new talent. The high-impact team makes investments in high tech start-ups that are relevant to our various businesses.
The Senior Analyst will be involved in all aspects of corporate venture capital investing including deal sourcing, evaluation, execution, and management. Additionally, responsibilities include landscape research, theme development, company prospecting, term sheet drafting, financial modeling, due diligence, negotiation, and preparation of investment committee materials.

SSM Partners - Associate

SSM Is Hiring An Associate and Looking For Resumes
SSM is hiring an Associate to join our investment team and we would appreciate any referrals from friends of the firm. At a high level, we’re looking for candidates with 1-4 years of relevant experience (i.e., investment banking, accounting, finance, management consulting).
SSM Partners (“SSM”) is seeking to add a junior member to its investment team as an Associate. The position will be based in Memphis and is a two- to three-year commitment with a targeted start date in January 2021.

Not for Profit BOD Positions

Not for Profit Seeks New Board Members

IMD Guest House Mission & Description

IMD Guest House builds community and healing by providing comfortable, affordable accommodation for patients and their families throughout their treatment

·         47 fully furnished apartments, located at corner of Polk & Damen

·         The only organization in the Chicago area that supports patients of any age, receiving out-patient or inpatient treatment

·         About 50% of our service supports low-income families, and we never turn families away for lack of funds

·         Length of stay is determined by medical referral, no pre-sent limits

·         Key patient populations: Cancer patients, organ transplant patients, parents of neonatal ICU patients, veterans receiving treatment for PTSD, and more

·         In 2018, we supported 706 patients and provides 12,306 nights of service.

·         Annual Budget $1.7 million

Website: www.imdguesthouse.org

Current Board:  Professionals in banking and financial services, real estate development, attorneys, healthcare and other businesses

Board Responsibilities

·         Serve as an ambassador for IMD Guest House who understands and interprets its work to the community.

·         Attend regularly 5-6 scheduled Board meetings per year, in person or via telephone. 

·         Participate actively in at least one board standing committee, attend its meetings, lend judgment to its deliberations and be active in its work.

·         Make a generous personal financial contribution ($250 Minimum) annually, each according to his/her own means, and will be responsible for giving or getting $750 annually. 

·         Participate in at least one of the fund raising activities organized by the development department each year.

·         Prepare for each Board meeting by studying all appropriate reports and being prepared to discuss current activities of committees to which they are assigned.

·         Assist in recruiting prospective new volunteers, Board members and agency supporters in the community.



Victory Gardens Theater - see Trustee Roles and Responsibilities here.




Illinois Venture Capital Association
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