The Vision

Propellant Ventures aspires to change the future in a very powerful way. We boldly invest in outstanding companies and extraordinary teams to cultivate an extremely high-quality and diversified portfolio.

The team at Propellant collaborates with our portfolio companies, angel groups, and other VC’s to dramatically improve startups success, growth, and valuation. In 5 years, Propellant Ventures strives to be one of Midwest region’s most active VCs and go-to funds for innovative startups. Propellant Ventures invests in a broad range of diverse tech enabled B2B industries such as healthtech, future of work, supply chain, fintech, IIoT, and edtech.

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The Opportunity

As venture capital investments hit record highs, attention has gravitated toward larger and later-stage deals. In addition, a concentration of investments by most VCs on the West Coast and in the Northeast have left other promising markets severely underserved. Propellant Ventures views this as a huge opportunity to boldly invest in under-appreciated regions of the country.

The Opportunity
As venture capital investments hit record highs, a huge gap exists in the Midwest region with deal count and deal value leading to a massive untapped opportunity. Over the past 7 years, the region saw big successful exit outcomes of $20+ billion. From 2019 to 2020, venture capital investments in the Midwest increased to $11.6 billion from $6.5 billion demonstrating signs of solid momentum. Chicago is leading the way with big exits and new unicorns where $2 billion was invested in Illinois just in Q1 of 2021.

Propellant Ventures views this as a timely opportunity to boldly invest in under-appreciated regions such as the Midwest, where entrepreneurs have historically struggled to get funding particularly in Pre-Seed and Seed stages. The Midwest produces some exceptional companies focused on success, which results in some of the best startup returns for investors in the U.S. Strengths of the region include top universities, affordable talent, lower cost of living, home to close to 25% of the Fortune 500, and diverse industries and founders.

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Our Focus
Propellant Ventures is filling the funding gap with a bold focus on investing in exciting and disruptive Pre-Seed and Seed stage opportunities. We invest in a broad range of innovative Midwest based startups and tech enabled B2B industries such as healthtech, future of work, supply chain, fintech, IIoT, and edtech. Propellant Ventures recognizes that it can be a challenge for early stage entrepreneurs to raise venture capital so we see a tremendous opportunity to be that capital partner at the initial stages of growth.

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Our Focus

Stages

Pre-Seed + Seed

Propellant Ventures' primary focus is Pre-Seed and Seed investments. For a few exceptional opportunities, Propellant Ventures may invest in very compelling later stage deals.

Geography

Midwest

Propellant Ventures' primary focus is to invest in the underserved region of the Midwest. Our roots are in Chicago so we pay extra special attention to bold opportunities in our backyard. The Midwest has more reasonable valuations and some of the highest investor returns in the country.

Industries

Leading-Edge + Diverse

Propellant Ventures favors fast growth B2B companies that have the potential to boldly change the future. We invest in a broad range of diverse tech enabled B2B industries such as healthtech, future of work, supply chain, fintech, IIoT, and edtech.

Investment Size

$25,000 - $500,000

Propellant Ventures' goal is to build a powerful portfolio of 30 outstanding investments. Our typical initial investment per company is $100,000-$500,000. We will also make micro investments in the range of $25,000-$100,000.

Approach

Co-Invest + Lead

Propellant Ventures will typically be the first or one of the first professional investors in the round. We will co-invest or lead a deal alongside other early stage investors.

Portfolio Support

Four Pillars of Growth

Propellant Ventures supports our exceptional companies across four pillars of growth: Network Expansion, Business Development, Talent Acquisition, and Funding Support. We will take an active role in the success of our portfolio companies by leveraging our powerful global network.

Our Focus

As venture capital investments hit record highs, attention has gravitated toward larger and later-stage deals. In addition, a concentration of investments by most VCs on the West Coast and in the Northeast have left other promising regions severely underserved. Propellant Ventures views this as a huge opportunity to boldly invest in under-appreciated regions such as the Midwest. The Midwest produces some of the best startup returns for investors in the U.S. Strengths of the region include top universities, affordable talent, lower cost of living, home to 100+ of the Fortune 500, and diverse industries and founders.

Propellant Ventures aspires to change the future in a very powerful way. We are filling the funding gap with a powerful investment focus on fast growth Pre-Seed and Seed stage opportunities. We invest in a broad range of innovative and “Game-Changing” B2B companies with highly attractive valuations.

Propellant Ventures’ goal is to boldly select outstanding companies and diverse teams to cultivate an extremely high-quality and diversified portfolio. We keep our finger on the pulse of investment trends that have the potential to change and power the future. Propellant Ventures partners with our portfolio companies to increase their chances of success.

Our Focus

Propellant Ventures is filling the funding gap with a powerful investment focus on fast growth early stage opportunities. We invest in “Game-Changing” companies with highly attractive valuations across underserved U.S. regions.

Propellant Ventures goal is to boldly select outstanding companies to cultivate an extremely high-quality and diversified portfolio. We keep our finger on the pulse of investment trends that have the potential to change and power the future.

Investment Size

$100,000 - $500,000

Propellant Ventures goal is to build a powerful portfolio of 20-25 outstanding investments. Our initial investment per company is $100,000 – $500,000, which is enough to make a significant impact at these early stages of growth.

CHANGE THE FUTURE

Propellant Ventures aspires to change the future in a very powerful way.  We are an early-stage venture capital firm based in Chicago that boldly invests in a broad range of innovative companies. We scour the country and concentrate our efforts in underserved and undervalued regions.Propellant Ventures partners with our portfolio companies to increase their chances of success.

We leverage our powerful global network across four pillars of growth:

  • Network Expansion

  • Business Development

  • Talent Acquisition

  • Funding Support.

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Propellant Ventures is committed to investing in the growth of the Midwest region. Our region is home to a diverse set of entrepreneurs and leading edge B2B industries such as healthcare, future of work, supply chain, logistics, insurance, fintech, and edtech. Below are some of our criteria:

  • Located in the Midwest
  • Raising Pre-Seed or Seed Round
  • B2B Industry Focus
  • Experienced Founders and/or Team
  • Demonstrated Product / Market Fit

While our primary focus is the Midwest and Pre-Seed and Seed opportunities, we will consider exceptional opportunities in other underserved regions as well as later stage rounds.

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