Chicago's VC Ecosystem Generated Record Funding and Exit Activity During Pandemic
June 22, 2021
Chicago's emerging tech and VC ecosystem set new records for both startup funding and exit activity in 2020.Companies across the region raised a record $2.6 billion in fresh funding, while exits generated $2 billion in value.
This installment of Bridge Bank's Markets to Watch series unpacks the top trends that have defined a decade of considerable maturity for Chicago's VC ecosystem. Additionally, the report contains analysis of the momentum behind its sustained strength in 2021.
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