Kevin Willer

Co-Founder at Chicago Ventures LLC

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Co-Founder at Chicago Ventures LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center /Incubator
Chicago Ventures LLC

RelSci Relationships

6110

Primary Location

Chicago, IL, United States

Number of Boards

38

Birthday

02/16/1974

Age

47

Number of Awards

2

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

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Chief Executive Officer & Director at Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Merrick Ventures LLC

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Co-Founder & General Partner at Chicago Ventures LLC

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

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

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Treasurer & Director at Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center /Incubator

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Regional President, Illinois at PNC Wealth Management

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Chairman/Vice President at Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation

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Partner, Advisor at Summit Trail Advisors LLC

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Kevin Willer
Co-Founder at Chicago Ventures 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 invests in companies located in the US primarily in Midwest. The firm seeks to invest in technology, healthcare, business and financial services, and consumer and industrial products. they provides financing for early stage capital requirements.

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.

Investor
Current

Starting Line is an early stage consumer focused VC fund based in Chicago, IL.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Council
Tenure Unconfirmed

Governor Pat Quinn created the Illinois Innovation Council in 2011 to identify and advance strategies that accelerate innovation, economic growth, and job creation.

Director
Prior

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130 year legacy of excellence, kids and their families are at the center of all we do. Learn more about our family-centered approach to care.

Director
Prior

Founded in 1987 as the Children’s Memorial Foundation, today the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, through which all gifts benefit Lurie Children’s.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The Joffrey Ballet’s long list of “firsts” includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on television, the first American company to visit Russia, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet, the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company. For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world. Mission The Joffrey is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works. The Joffrey is committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through its Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs.

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$10K - $25K
2016

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.

$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.

$5,000 - $10K
2014

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the law school of the Loyola University Chicago, in Illinois. Established in 1909, by the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic order of the Jesuits, the School of Law is located in downtown Chicago, within walking distance of the Water Tower (only surviving downtown building of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire), the John Hancock Center (one of the tallest buildings in the United States), Holy Name Cathedral and the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers degrees and combined degree programs, including the S.J.D., the equivalent of the Doctorate Degree in Law. Loyola University Chicago and its Water Tower campus also holds art exhibitions and other cultural events.

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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

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Perfect Audience provides advertising services through social media. The company was founded by Brad Flora and Jordan Buller in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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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.

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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