Kevin Willer

Manager at Chicago Ventures GP II LLC

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Manager at Chicago Ventures GP II LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
1871
Chicago Ventures LLC

RelSci Relationships

5360

Primary Location

Chicago, IL, United States

Number of Boards

29

Birthday

02/16/1974

Age

45

Number of Awards

2

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Governor at Illinois Office of the Governor, J.B. Pritzker

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Co-Founder at higi SH LLC

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Co-Founder at Chicago Ventures LLC

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Chief Executive Officer & Director at Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

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Managing Director & Global Head of Venture Capital at William Blair & Company LLC

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Founder at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP

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Co-Founder at Uptake Technologies, Inc.

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

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President at Illinois Institute of Technology

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Future Founders Foundation

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Kevin Willer
Manager at Chicago Ventures GP II LLC
Education
MBA
Class of 2010

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.

Bachelor's Degree
Class of 1996

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

Attendee

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

Memberships
Member
Current

FireStarter is an early stage investment fund focused on helping technology companies grow. We are a group of Chicago technology entrepreneurs who have come together to support the next generation of innovators. We all have direct experience founding, operating and investing in technology based businesses that leverage the developments of the past forty years. We owe a debt to the innovators who came before us and it is a debt we intend to repay by helping to fund promising new ideas and the entrepreneurs who have the passion and the drive to see their ideas become reality.

Member
2010 - Prior

Founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Council is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, The Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.

Member
Prior

Hyde Park Angels (HPA)is a venture capital firm specializing in seed and early stage investments. The firm seeks to invest in technology, healthcare, business and financial services, and consumer and industrial products. It prefers to invest in businesses primarily in the Midwest

Career History
Manager
2015 - Current
Co-Founder
2011 - Current

Chicago Ventures LLC is an independent venture capital firm which was founded in 2012 specializing in seed and early stage capital requirements. It seeks investment opportunities in the fields of technology-enabled products & services, new media, education products & services, consumer web & mobile with investment size ranging from $250, 000 to $1 million per company.

Executive Officer
Tenure Unconfirmed

Chicago Ventures Fund LP invests in companies located in the US, primarily in Chicago and the Greater Midwest. The fund targets companies operating in the fields of technology-enabled products & services, new media, education products & services, consumer web, & mobile. It provides financing for seed and early-stage capital requirements with an investment size of $750,000 to $1 million per company.

Boards & Committees
Board Observer
Current

Zipments Corp. operates an online platform for local delivery services. It provides consumers, retailers, and other businesses with a platform for same-day local delivery solutions. The firm offers online and mobile tools for tracking deliveries in real-time. The company was founded by Garrick Pohl, Elliot Nelson, and Travis Brack and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Board Observer
Current

Getset Learning LLC provides a platform that helps students to explore, define, and achieve their goals together. The company was founded by Karan Goel and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Board Member
Current

Morsel Labs, Inc. develops mobile application. Its application connects chefs, cooks, mixologists, sommeliers, and baristas to share stories in making food and drinks. The company was founded by Ellen Malloy and Kris Petersen on December 26, 2013 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Director
2011 - Current

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. Its flagship project, 1871, fulfills CEC’s vision of a central address for entrepreneurs in Chicago. CEC runs and operates the workspace, develops programming, organizes events and ensures that the culture of 1871 allows entrepreneurs the greatest opportunity for success.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to ten schools and colleges: Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Northshore University Healthsystem provides healthcare services. The firm offers family, nuclear, pulmonary medicine, plastic surgery and surgical services. It also offers teaching & research programs, and trauma, prenatal and mammography centers. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Evanston, IL.

Member, Council of Economic Advisors
Current

Cook County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois, with its county seat in Chicago. It is the second most populous county in the US after Los Angeles County, California. The county has 5,231,351 residents,[1] which is 40.6 percent of all Illinois residents. Cook County's population is larger than that of 29 individual U.S. states and the combined populations of the seven smallest states.[2] There are over 130 incorporated municipalities in Cook County, the largest of which is Chicago, which makes up approximately 54% of the population of the county. That part of the county which lies outside of the Chicago city limits is divided into 30 townships. Geographically the county is the fifth largest in Illinois by land area and shares the state's Lake Michigan shoreline with Lake County. Including its lake area, the county has a total area of 1,635 square miles (4,234.6 km2), the largest county in Illinois, of which 946 square miles (2,450.1 km2) is land and 689 square miles (1,784.5 km2) (42.16%) is water. Cook County is mainly urban and very densely populated, containing most of the City of Chicago and many suburbs. It is surrounded by the five collar counties.

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$5,000 - $10K
2014

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to ten schools and colleges: Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

$4,000 - $10K
2013

ONEGOAL (THE "ORGANIZATION") IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION INCORPORATED ON JUNE 13, 2003 TO PROVIDE URBAN STUDENTS WITH THE RESOURCES, SUPPORT, AND NETWORK TO ENROLL IN AND GRADUATE FROM FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES. AS THE NATION'S ONLY TEACHER-LED COLLEGE PERSISTENCE ORGANIZATION, THE ORGANIZATION IDENTIFIES, TRAINS AND SUPPORTS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS TO GUIDE UNDERPERFORMING STUDENTS IN LOW-INCOME HIGH SCHOOLS TOWARD SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND. IN FULFILLING ITS MISSION, THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE, PROGRAM-BASED FELLOWSHIPS TO TEAMS OF STUDENTS.

$1,500 - $4,999
2013

ADVANCE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATION OF ARCHITECTURE. SEE SCHEDULE O.The Chicago Architecture Foundation's (CAF) mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. CAF advances public interest and education in architecture and design, which the organization pursues through architecture tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, as well as adult, youth and family programs. Programs enhance appreciation of Chicago's architectural legacy, and promote understanding and encourage dialogue about how the built environment shapes the city's future.

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Chicago Ventures Fund II LP raised money in a private placement transaction

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Chicago Ventures Fund LP raised money in a private placement transaction

Investments
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Cloudbot, Inc. provides mobile and web applications. The company offers online applications to communicate with friends, store files, data and share experience. Cloudbot was founded by Agam Patel, Colin Young, Mark Bertrand and Becky Rother in 2010 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Evolve Vacation Rental Network, Inc. operates marketing and booking platform that provides vacation rental management services for guests and homeowners. It offers professional listing, marketing and distribution, inquiries and reservations, guest communications, local service provider information, and performance based services. The company was founded by Brian Egan and Adam J. Sherry in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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Mightynest LLC operates online shopping platform for baby products. It offers kitchen products, table, lunch gear, water bottles, bath and body products, baby and toddler products, gifts and toys and other home products. The company was founded by Kristen Conn and Chris Conn on October 12, 2009 and is headquartered in Evanston, IL.

Awards & Honors
2012
Crain's Chicago Business Magazine - Tech 50
2011
Crain's New York Business Magazine - 40 Under 40
Events
Speaker
Chicago, IL, United States
14th Annual Kellogg Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

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