The $5M Fund

Funding For your Startup

TechRise’s $5M Fund is non-dilutive Friends & Family capital for Chicago’s historically underfunded tech founders.  Apply to pitch in one of our weekly pitch competitions for a 1 in 5 chance of receiving $25K-$50K to build your dream.

For interested institutional funders, our TechRise fundraising deck is linked here.

The numbers


Funding for Chicago’s historically underfunded Tech Founders


Competitions each year

1 in 5

Chances of getting funding


Up to $50K to build your startup

Additional Funding Resources

From idea stage to growth stage, Chicago’s ecosystem is here to fund you​


Our city has incubators across the Chicagoland ready to support you on your journey. Click here to see the full list from World Business Chicago.

Angel & Investors


If your vision is to scale a business fast, you'll need investors. See the full list of Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, and Growth stage investors funding Chicago startups from the M25 team.

Lending & Crowdfunding


Venture money isn't for every business. If your vision is to create sustainable growth and generational wealth, consider your lending and crowdfunding options here.

Angel sponsors ($100K+)

Cornerstone sponsors ($50K-100K)

friends & Family SPONSORS (up to $50K)

VC Circle


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