Portfolio Company of the Year Award - Illinois Venture Capital Association
Portfolio Company of the Year Award

Portfolio Company of the Year Award

IVCA Annual Awards

Begun in 2010, the Portfolio Company of the Year Award recognizes a venture capital-backed and a private equity-backed company based on the following criteria:

  • Company is located in Illinois
  • Is/Was VC or PE backed, had a realized liquidity event in 2019 or 2020 and the exit was successful for investors 
  • Examples of a great outcome might include:
    • Great returns to investors
    • Speed to achieve key milestones
    • Impressive revenue growth
    • Impressive net growth
    • Impressive employment growth
    • Introduced a key and impactful technology
    • Turnaround story

How to Nominate an Illinois company for Portfolio Company of the Year Award

  • Click here for nomination forms
  • Deadline is September 9th!
Note that information collected will be kept confidential and will only be shared with the voting panel for voting purposes.  All descriptions for publication can be reviewed in advance by the nominated company and its nominator.
  • A committee of 55 IVCA board members and previous awardees will evaluate all submissions and select the 2020 Portfolio Companies of the Year
Forward the above form to Kathy Pyne at [email protected].  Any questions regarding your nomination, please contact Maura O'Hara at [email protected] or 312/241-1615.


Previous Awardees are:

2020:  Sprout Social, (Venture-backed)
2019: Livongo, (Venture-backed)
2019: Evans Food Group (Private equity-Backed)
2018: Aptinyx (Venture-backed)
2018: The Stepping Stones Group (Private equity-backed)
2017: Naurex, Inc. (Venture-backed)
2017: Kronos Foods (Private equity-backed)
2016: Cleversafe (Venture-backed)
2016: Sage Products (Private equity-backed)
2015: Paylocity (Venture-backed)
2015: Sterigenics International (Private equity-backed)
2014: GrubHub (Venture-backed)
2014: Fieldglass (Private equity-backed)
2013: Gogo (Venture-backed)
2013: Actient Pharmaceuticals (Private equity-backed)
2012:  SurePayroll (Venture-backed)
2012:  Flexera Software (Private equity-backed)
2011:  Accretive Health (Venture-backed)
2011:  Great Kitchens (Private equity-backed)
2010:  Initiate Systems, Inc. (Venture-backed)
2010:  Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Private equity-backed)