Declan Zidar

Analyst, Strategy & Venturing

I’m excited to be a part of TechNexus and to help accelerate innovation for both fast-growing, early-stage companies and leading established corporations. I truly believe in our unique model and the incentive alignment it generates from all parties in the ecosystem. 

My focus at TechNexus is connecting incredible entrepreneurs to capital and to collaboration with strategic corporate partners. I spend time with large corporations to better understand their businesses and meet with early stage companies to identify fits for the TechNexus portfolio. This helps align incentives and results in growth opportunities for everyone involved.

Prior to my time at TechNexus, I worked in a number of different roles at Amazon, focusing on Studios, Payments, CapEx, and Seller Services. I then spent time in Amazon’s incubator on a small Finance team that helped launch Amazon Care. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame –  Mendoza College of Business with a minor in Energy Studies. 

I help run The Chicago Capital Podcast, which interviews founders and investors about their journeys, fundraising statuses, and lessons they’ve learned along the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re looking to collaborate, sponsor the show, provide feedback, or join us on an episode. 

Outside of work, I love to stay active and get out outside through co-ed sports teams and golf. I also enjoy cooking, but it’s tough to compete with Chicago’s iconic restaurant scene. Let me know if you need some recs!