Welcome to the Laureate Venture Club

Exclusive to UChicago Alumni and Friends

Join Your Fellow UChicago Alumni

We are a venture investing club for alumni and friends of the University of Chicago. Together we evaluate venture deals, share insights and network with one another. Then each member has the opportunity to make an independent investment decision. It’s your portfolio, your decision.

This is a smart, simple way to own an asset class missing from many investors’ portfolios – and there’s no charge to be a member.

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Benefits of Membership

  • Own a venture portfolio. You choose a diversified AVG venture fund in which to invest, then opt into as many or as few of the deals Laureate evaluates.
  • Source deals. You can refer deals you find to Laureate and comment on those that other members find.
  • Network and help build the UChicago entrepreneurial ecosystem. You can regularly network with a distinguished community of UChicago alumni. Get in on the ground floor of Laureate Ventures Club, and help us realize the vision of forming a full-fledged University of Chicago Fund!

Laureate Venture Club has assembled an impressive team of founding investors and advisors. To name just a few, here is a snapshot.



Matthew Taylor ’17 Matthew is a 10-year United States Marine Corps Officer, and seasoned private equity-backed tech executive and investor. He is currently the CEO of Wireless Information Networks, which deploys and owns 5G cellular networks around the US. Previously he was the Founder and Managing Director of Gypsum Ridge Capital, a middle market private investment fund focused on telecommunications investments. He formerly incubated at 1871 and Bunker Labs, two Chicago-based startup accelerators. He received his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, holds an MS in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in Political Science from Indiana University.



Jackie Dimonte Vice President – Hyde Park Ventures


Damian Dolyniuk Entrepreneur, Investor – Brown Brothers Harriman


Kat Van Fossen Investor – Founder of the Aspire Agency


Melissa Hamilton Director of Business Analytics – AVIA


John Mazarakis Founder – Chicago Atlantic


John Wallace Founder – WorkBox


Tushar Pandey Investor – CEO Symbiosys