Not all capital is created equal.

We're backing industry-changing startups with collaboration capital.


Our venture collaborative method

Startups engaging with industry-leading corporations and connected through collaboration capital. Access spans across multiple industries and growth opportunities. All startups are aligned with the corporation’s objectives and strategy. This approach establishes the expertise, reach, and acceleration needed for real collaboration and real results.

Strategic Capital

We invest globally in ambitious early and growth-stage companies and leverage unique collaborations with leading corporate partners to drive impactful commercialization and accelerated venture development.

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Corporate Access

We help ventures cut through red tape and develop meaningful partnerships with corporations that can provide:

  • Market knowledge 
  • Pilot opportunities
  • Product Co-development
  • Sales and distribution channels
  • Cross-marketing and promotion

Collaboration Center

At the epicenter of our ecosystem is our collaboration center located in the heart of downtown Chicago, currently home to 70+ companies across 65,000 square feet.  The network of companies located at TechNexus powers innovative partnerships and builds meaningful connections through the strategy, ideas, and capital of our experienced entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and thought leaders.
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