TechNexus is actively committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and changing who is represented in the technology ecosystem by providing capital and resources to marginalized groups who have been overlooked for far too long. We believe “Everyone means everyone.”
Commitment to DEI starts from within
We are a team of unique individuals from all walks of life and corners of the globe. Our passions bleed into the work we do every day–as investors, strategists, operators, and entrepreneurs.
We are committed to evolving the private investment industry by proactively searching for rising stars with diverse points of view as a result of their unique professional and personal experiences.
Investing capital where it counts
Ventures that prioritize diversity and inclusion at an early-stage outperform, are better equipped to succeed and create solutions that better serve their unique customers.
To inspire and empower the next generation of leaders, TechNexus Venture Collaborative is committed to investing in and accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs.
And offering helpful tools and resources where it matters most
Tailored incubation &
Venture Success is an accelerated founder support platform to empower you and your team. It provides access to a robust range of incubation services and resources for your startup.
This includes corporate collaboration, ecosystem access, specialized strategy consultation, talent & culture.
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CONNEXTIONS is an HR Ops program accessible to our entrepreneurial community to promote diverse hiring within the companies we invest in.
Gain access to a curated pipeline of diverse candidates, specifically for fractional executive employment & student work experiences to hire and inspire the next generation of innovative talent.
We work with focused on diversity
Meaningful change happens when you can see the bigger picture
TechNexus aligns itself with local, Illinois-based organizations dedicated on a mission to diversify our collective tech community.
Cristin Pacifico and Ellie Davis represent TechNexus in the GET Chicago Tech Equity Working Group – an alliance of Chicago accelerators, incubators, and funds creating city-wide solutions to systemic inequities in Chicago’s tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. Specifically, the group’s aim is to jumpstart, accelerate, and fund more Chicago tech startups founded by women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color, and LGBTQ+ founders.
Chicago:Blend is a collaborative effort of venture capitalists who know that diverse teams and inclusive environments are critical foundations for both the startups we invest in and our own venture firms. Cristin Pacifico sits on the advisory board. TechNexus actively supports and participates in the groups' initiatives.
TechNexus partners with General Assembly Chicago to sponsor and host an array of inclusive events to convene Chicago's tech community. These efforts are led by both Maddy Rutter and Taylor Kinsella. Our attention is focused on Women in Tech, Women in VC, Developer Hackathons, and more. Most events feature women-forward panel discussions by Chicago's brightest innovation leaders to inspire and encourage the next generation of women and non-binary individuals in traditionally male-dominated industries.
Illinois Technology Association
When TechNexus founders Fred Hoch and Terry Howerton led ITA they had a deliberate focus to develop key initiatives including The Tech Challenge, Women-in-Tech programming, and statewide honors & awards that gave visibility and celebrated Illinois' diverse technology leaders.
Terry Howerton, is also the co-founder and Board Chair of Chicago Tech Academy. The school exposes diverse students to experiential and entrepreneurial project-based learning and models that help them think outside the box. Maddy Rutter, Ellie Davis, Lewis Burik, Kojoh Atta, Cristin Pacifico, Alison Hennessy, and Kevin Warns are active participants in their Corporate Ambassador program throughout the school year.
TechNexus Venture Collaborative Joins ISTC & World Business Chicago’s Venture Engine Program as Innovation Partner
TechNexus Venture Collaborative has joined the Venture Engine program as a sponsor and innovation partner. Powered by Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) and World