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$199.4M VC invested in Chicago in Q3 2015

DJX VentureSource has released its Q3 2015 venture capital report, which tracks investments into companies that have received at least one round of venture funding. Chicago’s $199.4 million VC dollars invested in Q3 2015 decreased from the $203.07 million raised in Q3 2014. There were 17 investment rounds in Q3 2015, a decrease from 26 in Q3 2014.

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The following charts compare Chicago’s third quarter 2015 performance with other select metro areas, followed by major VC deals, investors, IPOs and M&As in Chicago and across the U.S..



Major VC Deals in Chicago, Q3 2015*

  • AveXis Inc., Healthcare ($65M)
  • VillageMD, Healthcare ($36M)
  • LaunchPoint Inc., Information Technology ($22.5M)
  • SpotHero Inc., Consumer Services ($20M)
  • G2 Crowd Inc., Business and Financial Services ($7M)

Active Investors in Chicago, Q3 2015*

  • Chicago Ventures (2 deals)
  • Draper Associates LP (2)
  • Pritzker Group Venture Capital (2)

Major VC Deals in the U.S., Q3 2015*

  • Social Finance Inc., Business and Financial Services ($1000M)
  • Uber Technologies Inc., Consumer Services ($1000M)
  • Palantir Technologies Inc., Information Technology ($450M)
  • DraftKings Inc., Consumer Services ($300M)
  • Fanatics Inc., Consumer Services ($300M)
  • GitHub Inc., Consumer Services ($251M)
  • Stem CentRx LLC, Healthcare ($250M)
  • Inc., Business and Financial Services ($250M)

Active Investors in the U.S., Q3 2015*

  • New Enterprise Associates Inc. (22 deals)
  • Intel Capital (17)
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (17)
  • Accel Partners (17)
  • Sequoia Capital (14)
  • Khosla Ventures (13)
  • Andreessen Horowitz (13)
  • Greycroft Partners (11)
  • Salesforce Ventures (10)
  • Greylock Partners (10)
  • Battery Ventures (10)
  • Canaan Partners (10)

Top IPOs in the U.S., Q3 2015*

  • SunRun Inc., San Francisco, CA, Energy and Utilities ($244.75M)
  • Natera Inc., San Carlos, CA, Healthcare ($180M)
  • Aimmune Therapeutics Inc., Brisbane, CA, Healthcare ($160M)

Top M&As in the U.S., Q3 2015*

  • EMC Corporation acquisition of Virtustream Inc., Bethesda, MD, Business and Financial Services ($1.200M)
  • TrustWave Holdings Inc., Chicago, IL, Business and Financial Services ($810M)
  • Cord Blood Registry, San Bruno, CA, Healthcare ($700M)

*Not an exhaustive list

The investment figures included in this release are based on aggregate findings of Dow Jones’ proprietary research collected through surveys of professional firms, interviews with company executives, and from secondary sources. Information reflections equity financing, including cash investments into companies that have received at least one round of venture funding, and do not include companies receiving funding solely from corporate, individual and/or government investors. Figures are subject to change. For more information, please refer to the DJX VentureSource website.

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