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Lindsay Knight

Chicago Ventures

Lindsay has spent her career in the finance industry, split between venture capital and intellectual property. At Chicago Ventures, she built the firm's Platform function, which works closely with the firm's 50+ portfolio companies as a direct extension of their teams. She spends time identifying and recruiting talent; partnering on press and communication strategy as well as business and corporate development; and building communities within the portfolio focused on education, professional development, and network creation across disciplines like product, tech, people ops, sales, and marketing. She also manages Chicago Ventures' brand; communication strategy; industry and community relationships; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

In 2018 she founded Chicago:Blend, a collaborative effort of venture capitalists in Chicago to track, support and increase diversity, equity and inclusion at their firms and at the startups they back.

Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Lindsay spent time in the Marketing department at Ocean Tomo, an intellectual property merchant bank, where she was part of the team that launched the industry's first live patent auctions. She later joined CHOUmedia as Vice President, where she worked with clients in the IP industry on marketing strategy and execution.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Lindsay graduated from the Miami University Honors Program with degrees in strategic communication and journalism. She continues to work closely with the Entrepreneurship Department, including the Altman Program, which introduces undergraduates to entrepreneurship.

Outside of leading Chicago:Blend, she also serves on the Governing Board of the Tony-award-winning Lookingglass Theatre. She's a triathlete and regularly trains for long-distance bike rides.

Lindsay is a member of Class 23, serving her fellowship under the mentorship of Annette Finsterbusch (Class 11), Chairman and CEO of EnPower.