our investors

JOE MANSUETOJoe Mansueto founded Morningstar in 1984. He has served as chairman since the company’s inception and as chief executive officer from 1984 to 1996 and again from 2000 to present.


MATH VENTURE PARTNERSMATH Venture Partners is an early to growth-stage fund managed by a seasoned team of hands-on investors and operators.


FIRESTARTER FUNDFireStarter is an early stage investment fund focused on helping technology companies grow.

PRITZKER GROUP VENTURE CAPITALPritzker Group Venture Capital helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since our founding in 1996, they have worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity and their proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility.

POLSKY HOLDINGSMichael Polsky is the founder, President and CEO of Invenergy.   Invenergy specializes in developing and owning various power generation reserves with an emphasis on renewable resources.  With nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry, he is widely recognized as a pioneer and an industry leader in the cogeneration and independent power industry in North America.


DUNDEE VENTURE CAPITALDundee Venture Capital focuses on scalable ecommerce and web services businesses. Primarily, the firm targets midwest based companies that have a logical exit in 3-5 years for investments. Bringing a solid level of experience and perspective to investing, DVC invests in entrepreneurs with a strong vision, commitment, and the energy needed to handle a startup. 


ELLEN CARNAHANA venture capitalist with over 20 years of success as co-manager and lead technology investor at William Blair Capital Partners (WBCP), at Machrie Enterprises, Ellen provides angel capital, expertise and extensive connections to growth businesses and VC funds. 


JUMPSTART VENTURESJumpStart Ventures is an investment fund built to partner with entrepreneurs solving problems that need intelligent innovation and ambitious solutions.The fund invests in founders with humble invincibility and purposeful creativity launching companies that positively impact the world around them.


DAVID COHENDavid Cohen is the founder, Managing Partner, and CEO of TechStars, the #1 ranked Internet startup accelerator in the world. Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation in 1999. 





our advisors


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Matt Moog, ChairmanFounder, Built In Chicago | CEO PowerReviews

Eric LuntCo-founder & CTO, BrightTag

Howard TullmanFounder & CEO, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

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Matt McCallPartner, New World Ventures

Sam YaganCEO, Match Inc. | Co-founder, Excelerate Labs

Troy HenikoffCo-founder & CEO, Excelerate Labs