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The World Business Chicago is hosting its inaugural food innovation conference, the 2022 Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food, from Wednesday, May 25 to Thursday, May 26. 

For the first time, WBC has decided to expand attendance beyond Chicago-based companies and will accept 15 international companies.


Since 2014, the Chicago Venture Summit has been one of the nation’s premier venture events.  Last September, the fifth edition of the Summit returned as a sold-out event of 600+ participants and it continues to serve as the city’s most significant convening for our thriving VC and startup ecosystem. 


The Chicago Venture Summit: Future-of-Food event will focus on Chicago’s food innovation ecosystem. Summit participants will have the opportunity to connect with investors, founders, and food innovation ecosystem leaders from across the world/country and explore why Chicago leads as the global capital for food innovation. The sixth Chicago Venture Summit is a two-day event scheduled for May 25-26. Day 1 (Wednesday, May 25) kicks off with a series of showcases hosted by various innovation hubs around the city (Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, Food Foundry, Cleveland Avenue, etc.) and concludes with an opening reception to facilitate networking among our emerging leaders in VC and innovation. Day two (Thursday, May 26) is a full-day conference that will include keynotes, fireside chats, and panels focused on food innovation and the changing landscape of venture investment both in Chicago and nationwide. 


Please note that given the limited number of spots set aside for eligible international companies, we have an application process and are specifically looking for startup founders, late-stage companies, investors, innovators, and corporates in the Food & Ag industry.


Selected companies will:

1) Receive one (1) complimentary ticket to Summit 2022, 5/25 opening reception, and 5/26 closing reception;

2) Be featured on the official Summit 2022 website, venture matchmaking platform, and other digital channels;

3) Be invited to an exclusive WBC showcase for visiting companies only.


The application - open to interested and qualifying companies - to join this year’s Chicago Venture Summit is included HERE. Applications are due Friday, May 6 by 5 PM CDT.  


Additional questions, please email Alexandra Oleksiuk, Business Development Manager (