Fellows Directory

Victor Gutwein

M25 Group

Victor founded M25 in 2015 to help fill a gap in the venture capital market: early-stage tech startups in the Midwest. Using an analytics-based, “index-like” model, he quickly invested in over 20 tech startups and turned his $1M angel fund into an $11M micro-VC with over 40 LPs participating as of mid-2016. Now, with 37 investments and counting, M25 is becoming the hub for access to top Midwest startups and a great partner for entrepreneurs and VCs across the region. Before M25, Victor worked in corporate retail in both the fashion and e-commerce industries in a wide variety of cross-functional roles, ranging from marketing to merchandising, to international and omnichannel retailing.

Victor has a passionate history with startups that includes a vending machine business and kick scooter company, along with being on the board of the University of Chicago’s first student-run venture fund. He has also served as an industry chair and was the youngest member of Hyde Park Angels, the most active angel group in the Midwest.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Victor grew up in northwestern Indiana in a family of multigenerational farmers. He attended the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Victor lives with his wife on Chicago’s South Side. He actively serves as a board member of Living Hope Church and regularly volunteers at his wife’s nonprofit, Familyhood Ministries. He is very active in sports—including marathons, triathlons, biking, and tennis—and loves backpacking, traveling, and playing board games.

As a member of Class 22, Victor served his fellowship at M25 under the mentorship of the 50 South Capital’s Trey Hart (Class 20).