Chicago Venture Summit to focus on climate tech
The invitation-only event is part of a week-long series of events that spotlight innovators in climate tech and and innovations in sustainability.
The Chicago Venture Summit, one of the largest start-up and growth capital conferences in the country, has announced plans to expand to include its first-ever edition focused on climate tech.
The “Future-of-Climate-Tech,” the ninth summit since the series was launched in 2014, is an invitation-only event that will be held on October 4-6. Each summit serves as a vital platform connecting founders with investors nationwide and attracting Fortune 500 executives to explore the region’s thriving start-up ecosystem. The “Future-of-Climate-Tech” event will showcase Chicago as a leading global destination for climate tech and innovation in sustainability. The full day of programming on October 5 will feature keynote speakers, fireside chats, and panel discussions, exclusively for an invite-only audience, with a focus on technology, innovation, and startup entrepreneurship.
“The Chicago Venture Summit has consistently proven to be a leading conference series centered around sectors where our city and region excel,” said Mark Tebbe, Chair of the Innovation and Venture Council at World Business Chicago, the summit organizer that also serves as the city’s public-private economic development agency. “Our first-ever ‘Future-of-Climate-Tech’ edition will bridge the gap between our dynamic start-up ecosystem and sustainability sector leaders.”
The summit is part of a full week of events with that agenda here. Those other activities include:
- October 2 – “Industrial Climate Tech Summit by Nomadic Venture Partners.” It will bring together investors, policymakers, corporations, incubators, and entrepreneurs who are developing innovative solutions for heavy industries such as mining, manufacturing, and transportation. Organized by Nomadic Venture Partners, a climate tech venture capital firm that invests in digital solutions that decarbonize incumbent industries, the one-day event will feature discussions on how the industrial sectors can contribute to a sustainable world. Speakers and supporters include executives from Bank of America, Cummins, Breakthrough Energy, Chain Reaction Innovations, US Venture, and more. To learn more, click here.
- October 4 – “DeepTech Expo by Evergreen Climate Innovations.” Start-ups in the fund’s portfolio will be joined by innovators from Argonne National Laboratory’s “Chain Reaction Innovations” program to present some of the region’s most impactful climate technology innovations. To learn more, click here.
- October 4 – “Industry Lab Summits” by 1871. The independent, nonprofit innovation hub is hosting two innovation summits, with focus areas being foodtech and supply chain. Free and open to the public, each event is hybrid and includes day-long content, keynote, breakouts, and more. Registration opens in September.
- October 5-6 – The annual “Club M25 Summit” is organized by the early-stage venture firm based in Chicago that invests solely in companies headquartered in the Midwest. To learn more about M25, click here.